WI vs Aus 2023-24 – Kraigg Brathwaite ‘fairly clear’ on his XI for first Check towards Australia

West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite is “fairly clear” on the XI he’ll take into the primary Check towards Australia subsequent week, which can embrace at the very least three debutants, and praised his largely inexperienced staff with making good use of their warm-up match in Adelaide.
Throughout the three days towards a Cricket Australia XI, made up of gamers with out BBL offers, numerous the highest order spent helpful time within the center with wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva hitting a century on the ultimate day whereas Kavem Hodge struck 52 and 99 and Justin Greaves was twice within the runs.
The bowlers have been capable of knock over the CA XI for 174 of their first innings with an attention-grabbing efficiency from fast Shamar Joseph who’s in line for a debut subsequent week together with the senior pair of Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph.

“[I’m] fairly clear on the XI,” Brathwaite advised reporters. “Very pleased with how all the blokes went in regards to the camp [and] went about this recreation. This time subsequent week it is about making West Indies proud.”

Whereas Brathwaite didn’t expose additional particulars of how West Indies will line up, if the warm-up recreation is a sign it is going to see Hodge and Greaves making their debuts at No. 5 and 6 respectively together with Shamar.

Left-armer Gudakesh Motie, who took 13 wickets within the match towards Zimbabwe a yr in the past, would look like the frontline spinner though allrounder Kevin Sinclair could have given selectors one thing to ponder.

West Indies shuffled their batting order within the second innings with Da Silva, one of many gamers who was a part of the Check collection in Australia final time round, taking advantage of his probability with 100 whereas Brathwaite was happy with how Hodge twice made contributions.

“[Da Silva] took it with each fingers, the chance to open, and he batted for a protracted interval which is what you need In Check cricket in order that was good to see,” he mentioned. “More than happy with how [Hodge] confirmed he [could] come once more within the second innings and do it. That is what we would like.”

Brathwaite (87 Checks) together with Roach (79 Checks) could have key roles to play in displaying the best way whereas Tagenarine Chanderpaul and Alzarri have been additionally on the earlier tour.

“[You can talk about] completely different spells you’d have confronted, how the pitches performed, there’s plenty of data shared,” Brathwaite mentioned. “Clearly Kemar Roach main the younger bowling assault with expertise of comparable, how the Kookaburra ball reacts off these kind of pitches, the lengths, particularly with the brand new ball is essential.”

West Indies additionally caught properly in the course of the recreation – one thing Pakistan have been unable to do throughout their Check collection, which can have price them the Melbourne Check.

“Catching is essential, particularly right here in Australia,” Brathwaite mentioned. “The pitches get fairly a little bit of bounce so particularly the slip fielders need to be sharp. That is one thing the fielding coach speaks about, [but] we have to maintain working exhausting.”

West Indies arrived in Adelaide on December 30 so have had the uncommon alternative of spending two weeks in the identical metropolis to organize for the opening Check, which this yr will probably be a day recreation relatively than Adelaide’s conventional day-night fixture with Brisbane as a substitute internet hosting the pink-ball contest.

“Having the time to apply right here in Adelaide, get accustomed to the pitches and stuff, assume that was nice for us,” Brathwaite mentioned. “As a staff we’re very happy. The amenities listed below are excellent and the boys made good use of them.”

West Indies’ squad is lacking a bunch of senior gamers together with former captain Jason Holder and allrounder Kyle Mayers who opted to play in T20 leagues.

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