Kraigg Brathwaite expects his batters to cope with Perth’s fast and bouncy surface in the first Test between Australia and West Indies. In certain regions, you can watch Australia vs. West Indies on ICC.tv. Australia and the West Indies will play a Test match for the first time since 2016. The first of two Test matches in the series will be played at Perth’s Optus Stadium, which, according to curator Isaac McDonald, will provide good pace and bounce.
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Both teams have a strong pace attack that can take advantage of the conditions, but how the batters of both teams deal with the pace on the pitch may determine the outcome of the Test. West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite set a target for his batters to meet in Perth ahead of the first Test.
We want to bat [for] 100 overs, but the main focus is on discipline,” Brathwaite explained. “We have batsmen who can get going, so we’re not going to stop them.” It is their responsibility to complete the processes throughout the innings. It is not intended to change anyone’s game. I think [batting] time in Test cricket is always great to have… to believe they can do it.” We are aware that Australia is a superior team. Our main priority is to play ten days of hard cricket.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul, a debutant, is one of the players in whom Brathwaite has placed his faith. The son of ICC Hall of Famer Shivnarine Chanderpaul is set to make his Test debut in Perth after scoring a century and fifty in the warm-up game.
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Brathwaite said of the 26-year-old, “He will do extremely well at this higher level. He is patient and has a strong defense. He set an example for us in the first game, and we plan to follow in his footsteps throughout the series. The tag will do an excellent job, and let us hope he can surpass his father’s achievements.” West Indies’ Test performance has improved with series victories over Bangladesh and England, and Brathwaite has been at the helm as captain. The 29-year-old is now determined to maintain the momentum and restore the West Indies to their former glory.
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We understand that Test cricket is real cricket,” Brathwaite said. As a team, we want to do well for the Caribbean, and we want young West Indians to play Test cricket. Obviously, we were great in the past, and we use it as motivation to get to that level. We can improve and reach those high levels if we work together as a team.”