Kraigg Brathwaite © AFP
Kraigg Brathwaite © AFP

According to Barbados Today, Kraigg Brathwaite has been named captain for the second Test against New Zealand, at Hamilton. Brathwaite made his debut back in 2011 against Pakistan. Brathwaite (91) was the highest scorer for West Indies in the second innings after the team had fallen prey to short bowling by Neil Wagner in the first. Brathwaite will become the 37th Test captain of West Indies and the 11th in the past 11 years, after Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Daren Ganga, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Floyd Reifer, Darren Sammy, Denesh Ramdin, and Holder.

Jason Holder, the West Indian captain, was suspended for a Test and fined 60% of the match fee for maintaining a slow over rate in the first Test against New Zealand, at Wellington. His teammates were fined 30% of their respective fees as well. Holder was charged with fine previously as well against Pakistan.

West Indies seemed in all sort of trouble during the first innings while facing the rising deliveries of Neil Wagner. However, in the second innings they seemed solid against the short ball despite losing the match.

‘We’re looking forward to the challenge’

“It’s key to know what you want to do (against Wagner). Whether you’re going to take it on or don’t take it on,”

“We’re ready and had a good practice session yesterday and also today and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

“Stick to the basics. You don’t have to over-complicate it. Get a big first innings total, and obviously (it) will help us go far in the game a lot better.”