No pressure for Kraigg
West Indies’ near three-decade-long wait for a series win over South Africa will not be weighing heavily on captain Kraigg Brathwaite’s mind when the two teams clash today in the opening Test of the two-match series in St Lucia at the Daren Sammy National Stadium.
Brathwaite was not yet born when West Indies beat the Proteas in a one-off Test in Bridgetown 29 years ago, in a match marking the African nation’s readmission to international cricket.
Since then, West Indies have gone seven series against South Africa – including three in the Caribbean – without a series victory, and have managed a mere two Test wins in the last 27 meetings between the two sides.
Brathwaite, appointed full-time captain ahead of the Sri Lanka series in March, said instead of worrying about the past, the side’s singular focus would be on extending the discipline which has seen them go unbeaten this year in four Tests and simply letting results “take care of themselves”. (CMC)
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