Bal­lance backs Brath­waite to shine at Tykes

The Scarborough News - - SPORT - BY SPORTS REPORTER Daniel.gre­ Twit­ter: @SN_S­port

Gary Bal­lance is back­ing West Indies Test opener Kraigg Brath­waite to shine dur­ing his short over­seas spell with York­shire.

Brath­waite has signed on for the fi­nal two Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship matches of the sum­mer, start­ing against bottom side War­wick­shire at Head­in­g­ley next Tues­day.

The 24-year-old will re­place Shaun Marsh, who played against Sur­rey at the Oval this week be­fore re­turn­ing home to Perth to pre­pare for Western Aus­tralia’s do­mes­tic sum­mer.

White Rose cap­tain Bal­lance knows all about Brath­waite.

He played against him in the drawn three-match Test se­ries in the Caribbean at the start of 2015 when Brath­waite scored a sec­ond-in­nings cen­tury in the sec­ond Test, which the hosts lost.

And he watched the righthander score 134 and 95 in the West Indies’ win over Eng­land at Head­in­g­ley at the end of last month.

“Kraigg’s a good player, a gutsy player,” said Bal­lance.

“I think that will be good for us, es­pe­cially in con­di­tions here.

“He will put a mas­sive price on his wicket.

“The bowler will have to get him out.

“It’s just been one of those years for us where a few lads have been out of form.

“We haven’t quite gelled, but we showed what we can do against Mid­dle­sex.

“When we bat well as a unit, we can put scores on the board. Hope­fully that will give us con­fi­dence for the rest of the sea­son.

“I played against him in the West Indies and he got runs there as well as a few at Head­in­g­ley the other week.

“He’s an in­ter­na­tional player who has done very well at Test-match level.”

Tykes skip­per Gary Bal­lance thinks West Indies bats­man Kraigg Brath­waite will shine in his stint at Head­in­g­ley

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