Top-or­der shuf­fle nec­es­sary, says Brath­waite

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - CHEN­NAI, IN­DIA (CMC):

Cap­tain Car­los Brath­waite said ex­per­i­ment­ing at the top of the or­der was nec­es­sary, as West Indies searched for a so­lu­tion to their open­ing woes in the on­go­ing Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries against In­dia. In the open­ing match in Kolkata, the Windies part­nered Shai Hope with De­nesh Ramdin but then opted for Shim­ron Het­myer and Hope in last Sun­day’s se­cond match in Luc­know.

Nei­ther com­bi­na­tion brought re­wards and Brath­waite said with­out any spe­cial­ist open­ers on tour, man­age­ment had been forced to ex­per­i­ment.

“We didn’t come on tour with an outand-out opener so we’re still try­ing to find that best open­ing com­bi­na­tion,” the all-rounder said.

Hope and Ramdin put on 16 off 13 balls in the open­ing match, while Hope and Het­myer could muster just seven in the se­cond game. West Indies suf­fered a five-wicket and 71-run de­feat in the two matches, to con­cede the three-match se­ries.

West Indies have been ham­strung by the un­avail­abil­ity of their front line open­ing pair for the se­ries, with vet­eran Chris Gayle mak­ing him­self un­avail­able for the tour and Evin Lewis with­draw­ing from the squad just days be­fore the se­ries.

With the fi­nal T20 set for Chen­nai on Sun­day, Brath­waite said hope­fully the Windies could come up with a suc­cess­ful pair­ing to end the se­ries on a high note.

“We’re try­ing and up un­til the the­ory works out, I guess it will look bad and it will give the pun­dits some­thing to say,” he pointed out.


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