by David Harris
Discarded West Indies opening batsmen Adrian Barath and Kraigg Brathwaite have received top marks from the coach of the West Indies High Performance Centre, Graeme West.
Barath and Brathwaite who have played 15 and nine Test matches respectively, became the first Test cricketers to be enrolled at the HPC when they were included among the new group of students in June this year. West told Barbados TODAY he was happy with the determination showed by the two cricketers during their stay at the HPC.
“They are senior cricketers having played at the highest level but Adrian and Kraigg have shown determination that has made them model students during their stint at the HPC. They enjoyed the opportunity to practise regularly and are now ready to play cricket at all levels.
“Adrian really impressed me with the way he went about getting the help and the information required to help him take his game back to where it was before. He played in the Caribbean Premier League while with the HPC and displayed a bit more confidence. I am hoping Adrian can perform well for Trinidad next year and implement some of skills he has learned here,” West said.
The coach described Brathwaite as a batsman with exceptional powers of concentration. West said the 20-year-old batsman had improved that aspect of his batting even more.
“In all of his sessions at the HPC his batting has not changed. He has sought to improve on his strong areas. Kraigg is going to India with the A team and I am sure he will display all that he has learnt at the HPC during that tour,” West told Barbados TODAY.
Barath, 23, had a sensational start to his Test career against Australia at Brisbane in 2009, when at the age of 19 he scored century on debut to become the youngest West Indian cricketer to reach that achievement.
Since his historic debut, Barath’s batting has declined because of poor shot selection. In 15 Test matches he has made 657 runs at 23.46. This year he was dropped from the Trinidad and Tobago team during the regional first-class season and was recommended to the HPC by his national cricket association.
Brathwaite attracted national attention with his heavy appetite for runs while he was a student at primary school. He continued to made a significant number of runs at all levels of domestic cricket and was elevated to the West Indies team to play against Pakistan at Warner Park, St. Kitts, in 2009.
The going has been rough for the young batsman at the highest level of the game, he has been dismissed several times playing across the line in Test cricket and has scored 362 runs in his nine Test matches.
This year he was the leading batsman for Barbados during the regional first-class season scoring over 500 runs. Despite his performance the Barbados Cricket Association recommended that he too be enrolled at the HPC.