The West Indies will be touring the African continent to play against Zimbabwe and South Africa in a bilateral series each in February and March. While their two Tests against Zimbabwe get underway on February 4, the Windies will then pay a visit to the ‘Rainbow Nation’ for a multi-format series comprising two Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is between February and March.
According to the Australian test series, Brathwaite says One of the encouraging aspects for West Indies was the debut series of Tagenarine Chanderpaul who made 51, 45, 47 and 17 at the top order.
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.
Ahead of the West Indies Test squad’s departure for the tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa, a virtual media conference was held yesterday with interim Head Coach Andre Coley and Windies White ball Capitan Kraigg Brathwaite.
And speaking virtually to the media yesterday, the WI captain said
One aspect of his team’s batting that Brathwaite has special confidence in however, is his new opening partnership with Tagenarine Chanderpaul.
Brathwaite, named to the ICC Test team for 2022, was high in praise of the son of WI legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul following his debut series in Australia in which he averaged 40.00 .
“Tage was superb…quite remarkable in Australia,” Brathwaite said.
He added: “I think he’s world class. When you look at the simple leave-alone that he has…I think it’s remarkable. I know he will be a world-class Test batsman. He has the patience and as you can see, he still has the shots on some good Australian pitches. His strike rate was obviously higher than normal, so I really think he has a very bright future. He’s a very focussed guy and very determined. For sure he will make many, many West Indians proud. I have no doubt about that.”
The Kraigg Brathwaite-led side will first play a 4-day warm-up game at Bulawayo Athletic Club before meeting Zimbabwe in the two-match Test series, starting February 04 at Queens Sports Club.
West Indies’ Squad for Zimbabwe Tests:
Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Tagnarine Chanderpaul, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Devon Thomas, Jomel Warrican