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‘Brath’ can’t wait to return

‘Brath’ can’t wait to return Barbados opener Kraigg Brathwaite hitting down the ground during his unbeaten 48. (Kenmore Bynoe)

By Philip Hackett | Mon, February 20, 2012 - 12:04 AM

GUTTED by the misfortune that cut short his participation in the Caribbean Twenty20 last month, Barbados all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite is working feverishly towards a return to competitive cricket early in March.

The tall fast bowling all-rounder has been on the sidelines since injuring his right knee in Barbados’ final group match against the Combined Campuses and Colleges at Kensington Oval on January 20.

Brathwaite, who represents Banks in domestic cricket and who turned out for the CCC in the 2011 first-class season, sustained an injury to the medial collateral ligament (MCL).

“It’s the ligament on the inside of the knee.

I went over on my right foot and there was too much pressure on it so it was strained and was almost a tear, apparently,” Brathwaite said.

“I heard something pop. I don’t know if that was in my mind or if my body was saying something is wrong, but I did not want to move cause I did not have a clue where it was or what it was until I actually lay down and the blood started to settle and I felt it in my knee.”

Brathwaite immediately left the field in disappointment. He recently got an MRI done and the results from Dr Jerry Thorne were encouraging.

“He said there are no tears in the ligament as was predicted and it was a strain.

“I can move forward with strength and cardio work as I would had I not had the injury,” he told NATIONSPORT yesterday.

“So it’s just a matter of getting it stronger and feeling confident within myself to bowl hard and land hard, each and every ball,” Brathwaite revealed.

But the period of relative inactivity has been frustrating for the player who made his One-day International and T20 debuts for the West Indies against Bangladesh last October.

“It’s frustrating. I went through a couple spells of depression just watching cricket.

“Every international series since then I’ve probably watched every ball. I could hardly sleep just waiting to get back on the park,” he said.

“I tried leaving home with my bat and gloves to get a few one-on-one ‘throw downs’ or whatever the case may be but then my Dad banned me from leaving home with my cricket gear.”

Brathwaite has, however, been able to mix his regular trips to physiotherapy with light training.

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 2 years, 8 months ago
Wrong "Brath" is pictured, but we'll forgive the newspaper for the oversight. Wish both my fellow Combermerians well in the future. I admire Kraigg's discipline, dedication, focus, level-headedness and single-mindedness in his stated drive to play at least 100 Tests for the WI. Barring injury, I'm convinced that he will achieve that goal along with some others at the highest level of the game.

I would like to see Kraigg work the ball around much more after he's settled, especially against the slowmen. Rotate the strike a little more too. I know he'll be able to do this with relative ease as he gains experience and under the tutelage of batting great, Desmond Haynes.

Carlos, don't allow your anxiousness and youthful enthusiasm to cloud your judgment in terms of returning to competitive cricket. You're young and should heal pretty quickly. You don't want to rush back before you're fully fit because to do so could aggravate your knee which in turn would push back your return date.

When you get back, keep working on all aspects of your game with the goal in mind to improve. Seek out those who know the game and may have played it at a high level. Pick their brains. Many seniors are only too willing to give advice to anyone who asks and will absorb and utilize same.

Humble yourself and always remember that whatever talents/abilities you possess have been bestowed by a loving GOD. I'm praying that you will eventually play for the Test team as an all-rounder. GOD bless both of you. Up & on brothers, Up & On.

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