Cape Town - West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite is staying upbeat and says he learnt a lot from the recent 3-0 whitewash suffered at the hands of Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
Brathwaite was given an opportunity in ODI cricket for the
first time during the series but put in a mediocre showing failing to register
a half century in three matches.
The opener has accepted that he and the team did not score nearly enough runs to compete in the series.
Brathwaite said: “From the team’s perspective, we did not
play well. We lost three games but I learnt a lot batting wise.
“I would have loved to score a few more runs but I learnt a
lot from the series and I guess I have to improve from strength to strength.”
The West Indies were forced to chase a total in all three
ODIs and did not look at all up to the challenge.
The 23-year-old admitted to feeling the effects of
scoreboard pressure and being unable to play his natural game.
Brathwaite added: “There was a case where we were chasing in
all the three games and in all the three games there was a big total.
“So, we had to keep up a certain run rate and it wasn’t easy
but I learnt a lot from that the chasing.”
Brathwaite will remain in the UAE with the West Indies Test
squad as they prepare for a three match Test series including a pink ball
The right-hand opening bat concluded: “I am looking forward
to it (the day-night Test match).
“We have not practiced yet with the pink ball but I heard
that the seam is quite harder than the red ball.
“We have to get familiar with it. I am looking forward to
it, playing with the pink ball under the lights. It will be a good experience.
“I am really looking to get some big scores in this Test series.”