India's strong batting and spin will be a challenge for West Indies, says Carlos Brathwaite

PTI, Jul, 15 2016

Barbados: West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite says India have a formidable batting line-up and the contest will be equally tough against the Indian spinners when the four-Test series begins at Antigua on 21 July.

"Their batting line-up is undoubtedly one of the stronger batting line-ups in the world, home and away, and unfortunately or fortunately for us it a lot similar to India in the Caribbean," Brathwaite was quoted as saying by the WICB website.

File photo of Carlos Brathwaite. AFP

File photo of Carlos Brathwaite. AFP

Brathwaite pointed out that the Caribbean side had made small strides in their last Test series against Australia and now needs to continue that upward progression in this series.

However, he feels that the West Indies pitches are a bit slower and requires a different attack.

"India attacks with spin while the Aussies attack with pace and it's about us now being a little more patient. Spin has supposedly been our downfall for the last couple series or years and I think we have gotten better.

"The coach (Phil Simmons) has done a very good job getting some of the batters in off-season and focusing on playing spin really well," the 27-year-old said.

Brathwaite feels that patience will be a key in the coming series keeping in mind that India have a better batting line-up. West Indies have not won a Test match against India in 14 years and have lost eight of their last 15 encounters and drawn seven.

"It's about us being patient as a team, patient as a bowling unit and as individuals not getting frustrating. We are up against one of the better batting units and you have to do what you have been doing in first class cricket over a long period of time," said Brathwaite, who made his Test debut against Australia last year.

"It's just a matter of us having a few options to each delivery, being patient and ultimately, playing the waiting game. I think whoever plays the patient game better will come out on top in the series."

Published Date: Jul 15, 2016 | Updated Date: Jul 15, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115