Kraigg Brathwaite, Windies skipper, pinned the blame of the visitors’ whitewash in the Bangladesh series to the poor performance of the batters, as they were thrashed by a massive margin of an innings and 184 runs to go 0-2 down in the two-match series, Cricbuzz reports.
“It was very disappointing. Our bowlers did a good job but the batting let us down,” said Brathwaite reflecting on the loss. “Some of the shots weren’t the best. Most of the games we were 30-odd for three. It put the batting order under a lot of pressure. It wasn’t good for us at all.
“The pitches here were a little drier. We didn’t carry out the shots at the right time. We just didn’t get anything together with the bat.”
“I didn’t have a good series in India so I was looking to lead the batting. But it didn’t happen. I have to keep strong and try to lead the batting in the next series.
“Test cricket is a mental game. Five-hundred on the board with the ball spinning on the first day. We could have had some talks. I played outside the line of a straight ball. Mentally we probably weren’t there, especially yesterday when we lost five wickets quickly. We have to do better as batsmen, even myself. We can’t consistently be 30 for three. We have to hold up our hand and do the job. Simple.”
He didn’t want to push the blame on the pitches which favoured spin heavily and said the team had enough preparation to deal with the turners in Bangladesh but weren’t ‘mentally there.’ He also credited Bangladesh for showing fine application in conditions that suit their game better.
“I can’t blame the wicket. Some of the shot selection wasn’t good at all, especially yesterday evening,” he added. “Condition is a big factor.
We played well at home. They struggled against pace, we struggled against spin.
“They played to their strength, which is spin. Other teams will know that when they come here. Every time they have played their style in their conditions, and they have done well.
“We plan for spin here. We had a lot of spin sessions in the nets. Mentally we probably weren’t there. We probably weren’t 100 per cent. Test cricket is never easy,” he concluded.