Sunday 26 May, 2019

Kraigg Brathwaite warns West Indies not to underestimate Zimbabwe

West Indies vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite has cautioned the team that it would be a mistake to underestimate Zimbabwe when a two-test series between the teams gets under way in Bulawayo on Saturday.

The Windies should head into the series high on confidence after a creditable performance against a strong England unit last month, where the team bounced back to defeat the hosts at Headingley after being comprehensively outplayed in the series opener. 

Despite losing the last match of the three-test series, the team also put in a strong showing in the decider at Lords.  In addition, the Windies could be encouraged by the fact the team has never lost to the African nation in eight previous meetings, winning six and drawing two.  Brathwaite is, however, insistent on a cautious approach.

“I think one of the main things for us is not to become complacent. I think Zimbabwe are a very good side especially at home,” Brathwaite said.

“So for us, I really want us to go out there and fight, work with our processes and look to master our processes each time. The main thing is not to underestimate [them]. We need to go out there and fight and play tough cricket.”

WEST INDIES SQUAD:  Jason Holder (Captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (Vice Captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer and Kemar Roach

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