Top-order shuffle necessary, says Brathwaite

November 08, 2018



Captain Carlos Brathwaite said experimenting at the top of the order was necessary, as West Indies searched for a solution to their opening woes in the ongoing Twenty20 International series against India.

In the opening match in Kolkata, the Windies partnered Shai Hope with Denesh Ramdin but then opted for Shimron Hetmyer and Hope in last Sunday's second match in Lucknow.

Neither combination brought rewards and Brathwaite said without any specialist openers on tour, management had been forced to experiment.

"We didn't come on tour with an out-and-out opener so we're still trying to find that best opening combination," the all-rounder said.

Hope and Ramdin put on 16 off 13 balls in the opening match, while Hope and Hetmyer could muster just seven in the second game. West Indies suffered a five-wicket and 71-run defeat in the two matches, to concede the three-match series.

West Indies have been hamstrung by the unavailability of their front line opening pair for the series, with veteran Chris Gayle making himself unavailable for the tour and Evin Lewis withdrawing from the squad just days before the series.

With the final T20 set for Chennai on Sunday, Brathwaite said hopefully the Windies could come up with a successful pairing to end the series on a high note.

"We're trying and up until the theory works out, I guess it will look bad and it will give the pundits something to say," he pointed out.

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