Brathwaite calls for cool heads


West Indies Test vice captain, Kraigg Brathwaite, is confident his team can compete with India, if they keep their composure and bat with patience on wickets that are expected to be slow.

The West Indies will be looking to end a 14-year long winless streak against India in Test matches when the two nations clash in four Tests kicking off this July.

The opener has urged his teammates to show patience, and told “I think the main thing with these pitches in the Caribbean is patience and I think once we carry that both facing their pacers and spinners we will make some big targets. You know it’s important for that first innings total,

“Will need that 300 and above and once we do that we put ourselves in a good position to go forward in the game positively.

"Looking at their batting again it’s not going to be easy but we are accustomed to these conditions so we know once we get our lengths right and we bowl to some specific field. We will be good."

Brathwaite was happy with the West Indies preparation for the series, saying: “I think we had a good camp last weekend in Barbados. We got to go out in the middle and most of the guys had a good run out,

"The bowlers got some good spells and the batsmen got some good spells from the bowlers and the assistant bowlers that came and help."

The West Indies have struggled in Test cricket in general in the last few years, but are going through an exceptionally lean patch against India, having failed to record a victory in the last 15 Tests against the Asian giants.

The deputy skipper has confidence in the team though: “For me I had a few club games that I played so I am in good shape. Also I think the guys are looking well coming from that camp. I think we are ready for this series,

“As the opener, I just want to build that foundation for the batsmen to come. That is my main focus. Once I can do that I can put the guys in the middle a little more comfortable so we can get big totals”.