West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite stated that the team needs to improve after their loss against Australia in the first Test match. Kraigg Brathwaite emphasized that the West Indies have faced challenges, particularly in terms of experience and support from the ICC.
West Indies were bowled out for 120 in the second innings, with Josh Hazlewood taking 5/35. Australia chased down the target in 6.4 overs, securing a 10-wicket win in the first Test. The Pat Cummins-led team took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
West Indies are a powerhouse in world cricket – Kraigg Brathwaite
West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite expressed his disappointment and suggested that the current condition of West Indies cricket is not surprising, considering the challenges facing West Indies cricket and the lack of support from the ICC.
“I find this all a bit sad, I mean, the West Indies are a powerhouse in world cricket, they have been for many generations,” Brathwaite said on Fox Cricket.
“They have arrived here without experience, they have fought but the game does not give them enough. The ICC, handouts, West Indies cricket, just look at the state they are in. We cannot be surprised,” he added.
Australia continued its dominance in Test cricket during the series opener in Adelaide. Australia defeated the West Indies for 188, with Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins securing four wickets each. Kirk McKenzie scored his first half-century in the first innings.
Obviously our pitches are improving – Kraigg Brathwaite
Kraigg Brathwaite emphasized the importance of producing pitches in the Caribbean with more bounce rather than pitches that start spinning early. He expressed the need to develop pitches that provide support to fast bowlers and boost their confidence.
“I think one thing that would be great for us is that we have to produce great pitches in the Caribbean, pitches that have some bounce so that we can produce more of our bowlers, not just a lot of spinners. In our first class practically all the players are spinning,” Brathwaite added.
“Our pitches are obviously improving, and they have improved over the last two years, if he continues to gain some pace, our fast bowlers can have fun and get some rhythm and the balls bounce, coming well to the keeper and not carrying them. at knee height. I think all that together will help us produce faster bowlers because it gives them a lot of confidence.”
Debutant Shamar Joseph dismissed ace Australian batsman Steve Smith with his first ball in Test cricket. The right-arm spinner took his first five-wicket haul, registering impressive figures of 5/94 in the first innings. Kemar Roach and Justin Greaves claimed two wickets each.
After the comprehensive victory, Australia have now secured the top spot in the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 points table. On the contrary, the West Indies find themselves in eighth position, with two defeats and a draw after three matches and only four points on their account.
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