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Brathwaite hopes tour game victory can boost morale of team

Carlos Brathwaite scored a 50-ball century as West Indies defeated Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI in the tour game by D/L method.
Carlos Brathwaite scored a 50-ball century as West Indies defeated Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI in the tour game by D/L method.
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West Indies all-rounder, Carlos Brathwaite, who scored a match-winning century against Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI, is hopeful that the victory can boost the morale of the team heading into the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka.

After asked to bat first on a lively pitch, West Indies batting once again collapsed as they lost the first seven wickets for 109 runs. 

However, a 192-run stand between Brathwaite and Andre Russell turned the game on its head as West Indies managed to post 318 in their innings.

Brathwaite was the dominant among the two as he went on to notch his maiden first-class century in 50 deliveries while managing nine fours and six sixes in it. 

Speaking to the media after the game, Brathwaite stated that he and Russell wanted to adopt a positive approach towards the game, which paid huge dividends.

“Me and Russell spoke about backing our natural instinct which is being positive. 200 was the initial target. We wanted to play in the way we play and fortunately it came off.

“Everything was centered about being positive, backing your game and process and shot selection.

"There was a time where we wanted to bat time and then bat the way we wanted as well."

Brathwaite also revealed that he was advised by the 12th man Jermaine Blackwood to take a single and give the strike to the more experienced batsman in Russell but instead the 27-year-old decided to back his aggressive approach. 

“The first time I got water from (Jermaine) Blackwood who is the 12th man.

"He told me just to take a single and enjoy the ‘Russell show’ from the other end.

"Fortunately I got into my groove, and then everything just came together as I wanted it.

"It just happened and I want to thank the God for giving me the strength."

The West Indian all-rounder is confident that he can transform his form into the ODI series against Sri Lanka. 

However, Brathwaite is aware that the aggressive approach can sometimes backfire.

“It gives me a lot of confidence. I got a fifty in the preparation game for the Test match.

"I was little annoyed I couldn’t make a big score but thankfully it came off.

"I will take the same method into the ODIs if I am selected.

"The one thing me and Russell talked about is sometimes the way you play, you might get out and it might look a stupid shot but there are days where we can tear the bowling apart just like we did today.

"It is a matter of backing the shot selection."

West Indies were not having the best of time in Sri Lanka, having lost both the Tests, exposing their weakness to spin.

Brathwaite believes that it will be only a matter of time before West Indies batsmen will show their class and such a win in the tour game can only boost their confidence heading into the 50-over format.

“I hope this can boost the team.

"At the end of the day West Indies have scored 300.

"Yes the partnership between me and Russell will be the highlight but if the score wasn’t for 109, we wouldn’t have got to 300.

"So thanks to the partnerships at the top. It is a team sport.

"It will only be a matter of time before our batsmen show how good they are." 

Not being a big fan of batting at the nets, Brathwaite had high praise for the captain, Jason Holder, singling out his clarity in communication as his biggest asset.

“I want to continue doing what I am doing now. I am not a big fan of batting at nets.

"However, sometimes you need to try a couple of stuffs.

"We have a very good leader in Jason who stresses on unity and more vocal. Communication is a big part."

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