Brathwaite will lead by example: Estwick
HAMILTON, New Zealand (CMC):
Assistant coach Roddy Estwick believes Kraigg Brathwaite will acquit himself well when he takes over as West Indies captain for the second Test against the Black Caps starting here Saturday (5 p.m. today Ja time).
The 25-year-old, the side's vice-captain for over a year, was forced into the breech after regular skipper Jason Holder was suspended by the International Cricket Council for the upcoming match following an over-rate offence in the just-concluded Wellington Test.
Estwick, who has overseen Brathwaite's development from a young age, said his fellow Barbadian possessed all the qualities necessary for leadership.
"Leadership is not anything new to Kraigg. Obviously, I've known him from a little boy at Combermere (secondary school) and he's captained right through school at Combermere," Estwick said.
"He was Barbados Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 [captain] and West Indies Under-19 captain to the World Cup, so it's nothing new to him. It's something I would say he's been groomed for.
Brathwaite was one of the few bright spots from the opening Test at the Basin Reserve last weekend, which the Windies lost by an innings and 67 runs inside four days.
The right-hander scored 24 and 91 in a match that featured a massive West Indies batting collapse, emerging as one of just two batsmen who managed half-centuries.
"He will lead by example. He's someone who will put a price on his wicket. He's a person who will give 100 per cent at all times and he will expect his players to do that as well," Estwick explained.