After winning the first Test by 164 runs, Australia completed their second Test (a day-night match) by 419 runs before dinner to complete the series win on 11 December.
It was Australia’s biggest win against the West Indies, while the Caribbean’s second-innings total of 77 was their second-lowest against Australia. It was Australia’s biggest win against the West Indies, while the Caribbean’s second-innings total of 77 was their second-lowest against Australia.
Brathwaite scored 110 and 64 in the first Test at Perth, which the hosts won by 164 runs. Also, Chandrapul scored 51 and 45 on his debut in the same match. Chanderpaul, son of West Indies Test player Shivnarine Chanderpaul, scored 47 and 17 in the day/night second Test in Adelaide.
Meanwhile, Former West Indies T20 World champion Samuel Badree said Tagenarine had shown his worth. He further said to Trinidad express,
“I will never say that the West Indies is a lost cause given our performances across formats. I am an eternal optimist and hope springs eternal when I see the likes of Tagenarine showing his worth and the captain fighting for his team.”
“Yes, I expected a greater fight from the West Indies team especially having seen the way they performed against England at home and the gains that were made in that series. Australia is always a difficult place to play and whilst I didn’t expect us to necessarily win the series, I didn’t expect us to be beaten that badly, particularly in game two.”
He said that re-instilling pride and passion among the players is essential to improve the future performance of the senior men’s team and requires a lot of mental work at the regional and youth level.
“We certainly need drastic changes perhaps even de-constructing the current systems and starting from scratch. This is a difficult question to answer but to start with, I think we need to restore some pride in our representative team and educate players as to what it really means to play for the West Indies.”
“We need them to assimilate what cricket once meant to this region and the rich legacy that we have. We need players to understand the scientific approach when it comes to preparation and execution. We need them to use their intelligence and their critical thinking skills, their problem-solving, and decision-making skills. We need a lot of mental work to be done but this has to be done at the regional level and youth level so it becomes part of their everyday routine.”
Commenting further, the former leg-spinner said that the West Indies A team should be strengthened.
“We need more players playing overseas and being exposed to different set-ups and coaching styles, being given responsibility as overseas professionals. We need more competitive A-team tours and we need to attract more players to the sport. Currently, it’s the same names just rotating over and over again.”