DHAKA – Stand-in skipper Kraigg Brathwaite has rued the West Indies collective batting failures, pointing to a lack of mentality as the reason for the inability of his side’s batsmen to deal with Bangladesh’s aggressive spin assault in the just concluded Test series.
The hosts spinners took all 40 Windies wickets in the series as Bangladesh swept the series 2-0 to record their first-ever series win over West Indies on home soil.
In the second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium last weekend, West Indies suffered a humiliating innings and 184-run crushing inside three days.
Powered by Mahmudullah’s century, the hosts posted 508 in the first innings and in reply, the Windies could manage just 111 and 213, faltering against the spinners led by Mehidy Hasan, who picked up 12 wickets.
“It was very disappointing. Our bowlers did a good job but the batting let us down,” said Brathwaite, leading the side in the absence of the injured Jason Holder.
“Some of the shots weren’t the best. Most of the games we were 30-odd for three. It put the batting order under a lot of pressure. It wasn’t good for us at all.
“The pitches here were a little drier. We didn’t carry out the shots at the right time. We just didn’t get anything together with the bat.”
While Braithwaite pointed to the batting as the main reason behind the loss, he did not shy away from highlighting his own less-than-impressive returns with the willow – 22 runs in four innings.
It followed on from a poor tour of India last month when the right-hander managed 26 runs from four innings.
“I didn’t have a good series in India so I was looking to lead the batting. But it didn’t happen. I have to keep strong and try to lead the batting in the next series,” he acknowledged.
“Test cricket is a mental game. Five-hundred on the board with the ball spinning on the first day. We could have had some talks. I played outside the line of a straight ball.
“Mentally we probably weren’t there, especially yesterday when we lost five wickets quickly. We have to do better as batsmen, even myself. We can’t consistently be 30 for three. We have to hold up our hand and do the job. Simple.”
While the dry surfaces in Bangladesh assisted the spin bowlers of the home side – they claimed all 40 Windies wickets in the series – Brathwaite did not use that as an excuse for his team’s poor returns with the blade.
“I can’t blame the wicket. Some of the shot selection wasn’t good at all, especially yesterday evening. Condition is a big factor. We played well at home. They struggled against pace, we struggled against spin,” he added.
“They played to their strength, which is spin. Other teams will know that when they come here. Every time they have played their style in their conditions, and they have done well.
“We plan for spin here. We had a lot of spin sessions in the nets. We probably weren’t 100 per cent. Test cricket is never easy.”
The three-match one-day international series between Bangladesh and the Windies begins next Sunday, prior to which the visitors will play a tour match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI on Thursday.