West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite said his team needs to play “10 solid days of hard Test cricket” and also emphasized the importance of discipline during their series against Australia.
The 1st Test at Perth begins on Wednesday (Tuesday evening) and Brathwaite emphasized this was how his team would find success in the series.
“From the start, we have 10 days of hard Test cricket to play. We know Australia are a very, very good team, especially at home, so the main thing for us is to focus on our disciplines and doing it right,” Brathwaite told a media conference.
“So … when we’re batting we want to bat obviously a hundred overs plus, and when we’re bowling we looking to get 20 wickets so that obviously is to help a team win a game.
Brathwaite said that is what his team is focusing on.
“We know Australia is a superior team so we’ve got to play 10 days of hard cricket, that’s the main focus. We’re really putting our energies on doing our jobs correctly. So, if we’re bowling, we want to bowl to the fields, stay disciplined throughout the whole day or however long we have to bowl,” the West Indies captain said.
“And as a batting unit, we want to be batting a hundred overs plus and we really want to put our energies on doing that and I think once we do that, we’ll do well in this series,” Brathwaite added.
The West Indies are unbeaten in five Tests in 2022 after wins against England and Bangladesh in the Caribbean.
“We’ve been doing well this year, not losing any games for the year. I think it’s a good accomplishment and we’re obviously not focusing on what is gone, we have to do and it’s starting from tomorrow. We’ve got to start well and take that into the rest of the series,” Brathwaite said.
He said the West Indies are prepared and they know exactly the firepower that they are coming up against.
“Of the bowlers, we have footage and a few guys we would’ve played against them already so a lot of information was shared so we’re up for it. As I said, we know Australia [are strong] at home but we know what we have to do and the guys are really looking forward to the challenge,” Brathwaite said.
West Indies start the 1st Test as underdogs having not won a match in Australia in 25 years.
Brathwaite also announced that Raymond Reifer has been ruled out of the match with a groin injury.
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