West Indies won their ODI series five years ago and were trying hard to get back the stand of win. West Indies Captain Brathwaite said being washed out with the first match in the ODI series and failed to win in the second ODI, is set to continue as the winless hosts but will head to the final match considering of the drawn ODI series against England a few months back.
“We drew the last series against England at home as well. And then going into the last game it’s for us to get the batting in order – if we get good starts going into the back end that’ll give us a good chance. I think the batting has much improved especially since the T20s and from the overall batting performance in the World Cup as well. But, we didn’t close it off. We batted well in the second game as well, it was about closing it off – hopefully, that happens in the next game as well and for the lower half to close the game,” – Brathwaite said.
West Indies made a total of four victories in 14 matches they have played since May 2019. Brathwaite felt that they were back in their success as they were not putting out their skills properly when it comes to closing out the game.
“I don’t think we are that far away. We just continue to miss key points in the game. If we look back at the World Cup it is the same thing. If we look at the game the other day we weren’t cruising, but we were in a good position, and then we lost three or four quick wickets. We are just missing a few key moments that could have turned one or two loses into wins and make us look a little better, give us a little momentum, and start to try to win series more consistently.” – Brathwaite said.
“I think if you ask the guys in the dressing room if they believe they can win – I think they do believe they can win. The execution of that belief is lacking in key moments as I said. So, I don’t think it’s a lack of belief or a lack of passion and in most cases it’s not even a lack of skill, but just executing what we want to execute the key moments of the game, which was the case in majority of the World Cup and this series so far,” – Brathwaite added.
Brathwaite tremendous effort against New Zealand was the main highlights of the World Cup has struggled for his consistency.
“I think one thing that’s kept me back is my fitness. I am working very, very hard in the past 12 to 14 months on my fitness – I believe I can get a bit stronger as well. I think batting-wise I have to reprogram my thinking in thinking about hitting and swiping and batting properly. I think there has been a conscious effort for me to try to help the team as a batsman and a bowler and try to give myself the best chance for the team and try to help West Indies win cricket games.” – Brathwaite said.
“The challenge for me is that that situation won’t always present itself. Obviously, being at home, we have changed the combination a bit. There I played at seven [six], here at eight, nine or maybe seven – the thing I take away from that innings is the way I structured and built the innings which allowed me to kick off at the back end.” – Brathwaite added.