Tue, 01 Dec 2020 07:49:09 +0000
Testing time again for West Indies
By Bryan Davis
WEST INDIES coach Phil Simmons informed his batsmen to spend long hours at the crease in the practice matches in order to place huge scores in the region of 350-450 and more per innings in the forthcoming Test series starting on December 3.
On their present tour of New Zealand, after suffering through the inhibiting conditions of the governing protocols of quarantine for pandemic requirements, in their first game against NZ “A”, which was a three-day practice match, the batsmen stitched together a total of 366, with Darren Bravo scoring a delightful 135 and Sharmah Brooks getting to 80. This was, for all intents and purposes, a practice, as the teams were allowed to use more than 11 players during the game.
The second game was deemed a First-Class match of four days’ duration, with only 11 players per team; in other words a more serious contest, as runs scored, wickets gained and catches taken, would be added to the cricketers’ overall record.
Simmons must have been pleased with the response of the batsmen to his desire, for, in this game, Kraigg Brathwaite piled on the runs to achieve his highest score in First-Class cricket, 246, contributing to a team total of a massive 571, with Bravo playing another productive inning