Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks are to lead West Indies ‘A’ Test squad that will host India ‘A’ in three four-day ‘Tests’ starting next month.

The Jamaica Scorpions have highlighted why they are at the bottom of the West Indies Championship standings after poor batting displays have left them with just 157 runs to defend against the Barbados Pride at Sabina Park. 

Kraigg Brathwaite will take over as captain and Keemo Paul has been added to the West Indies team as the Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel announced a 14-member squad to face England in the third and final Test match of the Wisden Trophy Series.

When Kemar Roach launched into a delivery from James Anderson only to find a tall Ben Stokes at second slip latching onto a flier, the crowd at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium stood and applauded. 

Windies opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite hailed a battling 49 against England, at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, as some of the toughest runs he has ever scored on a day when the team showed plenty of resilience and determination.

On a second-day pitch that still offered plenty of assistance to the bowlers, the regional team fought to 272 for 6 for a lead of 85 runs.  Brathwaite’s contribution at the top of the order amounted to falling just short of a half century and came from 156 balls, with just three fours in an innings that lasted over three hours.

“It’s some of the toughest runs I have made so far,” Brathwaite said.

“I thought the England bowlers did really well today they were really disciplined, they mixed that with some aggression and it will be tough going tomorrow.  So we just know we have to stick together and keep working,” he added.

Brathwaite partnered with John Campbell as the pair put on 70 for the first wicket opening session.  The opener was eventually dismissed by Moeen Ali.

“You can’t worry about the ball that’s gone, like Ralston Chase got one that popped and the next one kept low that was quite unlucky.  You just have to play what you see and work hard.”  

West Indies dug in on a testing pitch to open up a potentially series-winning lead on day two of the second Test against England in Antigua.

Kraigg Brathwaite (49), John Campbell (47) and Shai Hope (44) made contributions at the top of the order on a North Sound track with such variable bounce.

Darren Bravo dropped anchor to frustrate the tourists with a patient unbeaten 33 from 165 deliveries and Jason Holder was still there on 19 when the Windies closed on 272-6 - leading by 85 runs.

The excellent Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-42 from 28 overs after having no luck in the opening session, with Jos Buttler dropping a simple chance to remove John Campbell.

England, who had Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps with Ben Foakes sent for an X-ray on his right hand, will have to produce something special to keep the series alive after toiling on a warm Friday.

Broad was desperately unfortunate to see a miserly, probing morning spell go without reward as Campbell survived a DRS appeal for caught behind, before Buttler dropped a regulation chance offered by the West Indies opener at third slip.

Campbell made the most of those and other slices of good fortune to strike some confident blows through the covers on his way to 47, but Buttler partially atoned for his earlier error, with Ben Stokes the beneficiary.

That was England's only breakthrough before lunch, as Brathwaite's opening stand of 70 with Campbell and an additional 63 alongside Hope for the second wicket placed a sizable dent in the tourists' first-innings total of 187.

But Brathwaite and Hope also fell just short of half-centuries – Moeen Ali (2-54) having the former caught at short leg by substitute Keaton Jennings.

Broad then deployed leg-cutters to fine effect, seeing Hope caught at the wicket and uprooting Roston Chase's off stump in the same over with one that kept wickedly low.

James Anderson was furious when Rory Burns grassed Shimron Hetmyer at extra cover off his bowling and had barely calmed down when he superbly caught the dangerous batsman in the deep off Moeen for 21.

West Indies were a run behind and five down at that stage and Bravo and first-Test centurion Shane Dowrich rode their luck in getting through to tea.

It was Broad who ended a 50-run stand to reduce the Windies to 236-6, a brute of a delivery rapping Dowrich (31) on the gloves and looping to Buttler in the slips, before England wasted a review when Bravo was struck on the pad by Stokes.

The watchful Bravo and Holder stood firm as England continued to probe without further reward, leaving the Windies in a strong position at stumps.

At lunch on the second day of the second Test between the Windies and England, the home team at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua were 126 for one, just 61 runs behind the visitor’s first-innings total of 187. 

James Anderson was influential as England stuck doggedly to their task to gain the upper hand in the first Test against West Indies at Kensington Oval on Wednesday. 

The tourists often found the going tough in Barbados but ultimately managed to limit the Windies to 264-8, with Anderson (4-33) the star. 

Test debutant John Campbell (44) and Shai Hope (57) were among several home batsmen to make promising starts without going on to build big scores. 

Anderson impressed the most for England – who left Stuart Broad out of their XI – with the 36-year-old having now taken 200 Test wickets outside of England and Wales. 

The hosts will resume with Shimron Hetmyer (56 not out), dropped by Jos Buttler when on three, and Alzarri Joseph (0 not out) in the middle.

West Indies won the toss and made a solid start, with Kraigg Brathwaite's initial patience – his batting bordering on the ponderous at times – proving a source of frustration for England. 

It was in the 19th over that Moeen Ali made the breakthrough, accounting for Campbell lbw after an eye-catching outing from the opener. 

There was more toil and sweat for the tourists after lunch as Brathwaite and Hope's partnership passed the 50 mark. 

But persistence paid off when Ben Stokes (3-47) sent the stubborn Brathwaite back to the pavilion, forcing an edge that was claimed by captain Joe Root at first slip.  

Darren Bravo, making his first appearance in the longest format since 2016, was the next man in but he added just two runs before being trapped lbw by Stokes. 

Rain led to an early tea with the hosts on 132-3 and upon resumption Hope soon reached his half-century, the milestone reached in 126 deliveries. 

However, his knock ended when Anderson managed to coax a loose shot that Hope inside edged through to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.  

Hetmyer had a let-off when Buttler dropped a diving catch off Anderson's bowling and he made the most of that reprieve, his innings offering the Windies some consolation. 

England's leading wicket-taker did not have to dwell for too long on that miss, though, with Root taking another catch at first slip to dismiss Roston Chase for 54. 

There was still time for Anderson to account for Shane Dowrich, who failed to score, and captain Jason Holder (5), while Hetmyer reached his 50 before the scoreless Kemar Roach fell to Stokes to bring play to a close.

Defending West Indies Championship side, the Guyana Jaguars made short work of their Kensington Oval final-day clash against the Barbados Pride, romping to a 6-wicket victory that, in truth, wasn’t even as close as that. 

Centuries from Anthony Bramble and Chandrapaul Hemraj led the way as defending West Indies Championship side, the Guyana Jaguars ended Day two with a massive lead over the Barbados Pride.

Scores in the match so far, sent into bat, the Jaguars scored 548 all out, with the Pride going in search of the runs at 33-1.

On day one, Hemraj scored a good-looking 144 from 172 deliveries to put the Jaguars in control of the first innings before 75 from Raymon Reifer, 130 not out from Bramble, and 54 from Sherfane Rutherford, left the Jaguars in a wonderful position with two days of cricket to go.

Veerasammy Permaul and Clinto Pestano, 32 each made sure the Pride bowlers would suffer a little longer, while Tagenarine Chanderpaul had a 150-ball 37 that complimented Hemraj’s innings at the top of the order brilliantly.

Ashley Nurse was the pick of the suffering Pride bowlers, bagging 4-122 from 38 overs, while there was a wicket apiece for Jason Holder, 1-47, Jomel Warrican, 1-124, Roston Chase, 1-57, and Jonathan Carter, 1-31.

The Jaguars batted for all but 14.1 overs of the last two days but have already made inroads into the innings of the Pride with Shayne Mosely out for 15. Kraig Brathwaite is not out on 11 with Roston Chase to come in the morning.

The Pride will, in the morning, try to overhaul the 515-run deficit they are in and try to make a game that, at the halfway stage, looks like either a draw or a win for the defending champions.

Windies skipper against Bangladesh in Chattogram, Kraigg Brathwaite, has placed the blame for the team’s first-Test loss to Bangladesh squarely on poor batting.

The visitors from the Caribbean were bowled out for 139 in their second innings after chasing a target of just 204, despite a valliant ninth-wicket stand between Sunil Ambris, 43, and Jomel Warrican, 41.

The two scored 63 runs but were still well short of the total.

“The key is partnerships, whether the top or middle order. We didn’t get partnerships early, so it cost us,” said Brathwaite.

For things to change in the second Test, Brathwaite explained that getting started was key for the visitors.

“The batters have to start better. We have to get bigger totals. I think they got 40 runs too many in the first innings. If we could have limited their first innings score, it could have been better,” said Brathwaite.

The skipper was referring to the 324 Bangladesh posted after they recovered from 235-7.

Despite scoring too many in that first innings, the Windies should have been able to get close or score more heavily than the hosts but found only Shimron Hetmyer, 63, and Shane Dowrich, 63 as well, willing to spend any time at the crease.

After routing the Bangladeshis for 125 in the second innings, Brathwaite would have expected more from his unit.

“We didn’t play ourselves as well as we should or could. We didn’t put up any good partnership. We lost wickets too quickly. The ball was doing a lot more in the pitch,” he said.

Stand-in Windies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite has insisted the squad is ready for the challenge of playing against Bangladesh at home when the series between the teams bowls off on Wednesday.

On their previous tour, the Windies struggled to gain a foothold in two difficult Tests against India where they were easily defeated by an innings and 272 runs and then 10 wickets.

They can, however, claim motivation from a partly competitive One Day International series and a strong showing in the two-day practice match

‘I think the preparation is quite good,’ Brathwaite told reporters in Chattogram after the drawn two-day practice game. 

“Obviously probably prefer a three-day game for tours unlike this and we have come from India also and that for I think it was very good preparations for us before the first Test,” he added.
“There will few challenges. We have to expect that. We are up for the challenge. It won’t be so easy. Obviously, they are very good at home. But we are ready for the challenges.”

Ravichandran Ashwin was surprised at how easily West Indies folded to a thumping defeat at the hands of India on Saturday. 

If the Windies thought they were in for a walkover against Bangladesh in their second Test at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, the first session of the first day might just have caused them to rethink that. 

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