Windies still searching for best opening line-up admits skipper Brathwaite

By November 06, 2018

Windies T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite admits the team has been undergoing a period of experimentation to determine its best batting line-up, following another crushing defeat to India.

On the back of a five-wicket loss to the hosts in the first T20 match, which had seen the regional team manage to squeeze just 26 runs from the top order of Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin and Shimron Hetmyer, the Windies made alterations for the second.  On Tuesday, it was Hope and Hetmyer who opened with Darren Bravo coming in at three, however, there was very little difference with none able to match the exploits of India opener Rohit Sharma who put 111 unbeaten on the board for India.

“We didn’t come on tour with an out and out opener.  So we are still trying to find our best opening combination,” Brathwaite said of the changes in the line-up.

“They were a few theories in the first game as well as this game in terms of how we want to decide the order.  For various reasons ultimately, none of the two really worked because we never got off to a good start in the first six overs in either of the two games,” he added.

“Working with the players that we have on tour it was difficult to choose the perfect batting pair.”

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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