West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite has lauded debutant fast bowler Jayden Seales following his side’s crushing defeat in the opening Test against South Africa. Despite losing the Test in less than three days, Brathwaite found a silver lining in Seales’ performance and pointed out that the 19-year-old was one to watch out for.
“The first time I saw him was in New Zealand, and I just knew he had a natural length,” Brathwaite said after the loss. “Not all bowlers have that natural length, and he obviously swings the ball. So I was not surprised by his performance in this game, or for the future.
“I think he’s something special and obviously he’s quite young, he’s only played one first-class game. That says a lot. Even at practice, there are different little things that he does with the ball, and what he says to back it up, is quite phenomenal. For sure, he’s one for the future, big time.”
South African pace bowler Lungi Ngidi hailed Seales’ potential. Ngidi, who himself lit up the first day for South Africa in St Lucia after claiming a sensational 5 for 19, insisted that he had so far been impressed with the young bowler’s talent.
“He is a bit of a danger and a very exciting future lies ahead for West Indies with him in the line-up,” Ngidi told members of the media.
“I was keeping a really good eye on him and his seam presentation is pretty much what I tried to do when I was bowling. I think he has a great wrist behind the ball and a very clean action and he seems he can run in all day.”
Seales claimed three wickets in the only innings he bowled after West Indies were made to follow-on. (SportsMax)