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by Sandeep Shivam Sunday 24 July 2016
West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite stressed the importance of building partnerships and batting through the entire fourth day after being asked to follow-on on day three of the first Test against India in Antigua.
After India piled on a total of 566 for eight, West Indies were bowled out for 243 runs in their first innings and Brathwaite’s patient 218-ball 74 was a silver lining for the team.
Apart from Shane Dowrich and Brathwaite, no other West Indies batsman was able to apply themselves and negotiate Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami, who shared eight wickets equally.
With a daunting deficit of 302 runs and two full days ahead of them, West Indies have a tough task of saving the first Test match.
However, Brathwaite believes that West Indies can save the game if the batsmen can restrain their aggression and build partnerships to last the entire fourth day.
“It’s a bit of both (attack and defence).
“As a batsman, you have to know when you have to curb your aggression and defend.
“I just think it’s about batsmanship as a whole tomorrow.
“The guys just have to build those partnerships and bat the entire day.”
Despite being faced with the prospect of batting on a day four pitch, Brathwaite believes that the track is still good for batting.
“(There is a) little bit of grass.
“I don’t think it will crack up.
“The carry is still good and we have to come tomorrow and see if it continues or if it gets low.”
Urging the players to put the third day’s proceedings behind them, Brathwaite is confident that the batting line-up of West Indies is capable of mounting a comeback in the Test.
“We had just a bad day,” he said.
“We have lot of guys capable of doing well in Test cricket.
“Today is gone but tomorrow we should come strongly as a batting unit and really assess (the conditions) and bat the entire day to put runs on the board.”
The last time West Indies were asked to follow-on in a Test match at home was in 2006, which incidentally was also against India.
© Cricket World 2016