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Brathwaite talks about the series defeat against SA

Island of Gros [St Lucia], June 22 (ANI): West Indies test captain Kraigg Brathwaite admitted his team was underwhelmed with the bat in the recently concluded test series against South Africa.

The West Indies lost the second test against South Africa by points on Monday and, as a result, the hosts suffered a string of wins. Throughout the series, the hosts have failed to register a score above 200 even once.

“We are very sorry. We have been disappointing. We have to come back and show that fight. Sometimes it’s not just about winning, but you want to see the fight and we haven’t shown the fans the fight. I have to come back better,” ESPNcricinfo cited Brathwaite as saying.

The skipper also said that not having a batting coach did not hinder his team’s preparations for the series against South Africa.

“It’s not a factor [having no batting coach]. The coaches here are doing a great job. And as hitters, we know where we went wrong, “Brathwaite said. We didn’t hit well. Full stop,” Brathwaite said.

Keshav Maharaj’s second-ever hat-trick by a South African helped the Proteas finish the series 2-0 when they beat the West Indies by 158 points with a day and a free session at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground on Monday.

On a magical day for the left arm spinner, he finished with his seventh test round at five wickets as visitors claimed their first away test series win since 2017 against New Zealand.

The home team was eliminated by 165 in their chase of 324 to win. On a more stable start, they slipped from 90/2 before lunch to 107/6 after the first session thanks to Kagiso Rabada, who returned 3/44 figures in her dismantling of the top of the order.

For the West Indies, Kieran Powell scored the best score by playing 51 points out of 116 balls, while Kyle Mayers also played a 34-point inning.

The West Indies and South Africa will now meet in a five-game T20I series, starting on Saturday. (ANI)

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