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Skipper Brathwaite confident in team ahead of decisive test against England

The West Indies men are currently in Grenada preparing for the final contest against England which will be the ultimate decider in the test series.

England vs West Indies (Photo: CWI)

Both teams look to get their hands on the newly-minted Richards-Botham trophy – named in honour of icons Sir Vivian Richards and Lord Ian Botham.

West Indies have named a 13-man squad for the third and final Test against England at Grenada, starting on Thursday.


The series locked at 0-0 following draws in the opening two matches in Antigua and Barbados.


Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite has called on the fans in the Spice Isle and neighbouring islands to come out and show their support for the home team.

He has been an inspiration in the series with a monumental performance on home soil in Barbados – scores of 160 and 56 not out as he batted a marathon 16 hours and faced a whopping 673 balls.


“It all comes down to this last match here in Grenada and we are ready! We have worked very hard in the series so far and we want to end on a high. This is the decider, and we believe we have the quality in the team to win. From the start we said we would like to win the Richards-Botham trophy and celebrate with our fans, so here is the chance to do it,” Brathwaite said.


The West Indies have maintained the same squad throughout the test series to defend the proud home record of only one series loss against England since 1968.


Speaking after his match-saving efforts in Barbados, Brathwaite called for more of the same attitude from his team despite not having won in ten Tests dating back to February 2021 since the team has shown much resilience from the start.


“It won’t be easy, England have also been playing some good cricket, so this promises to be a great finale. We want to urge the Grenadian fans to come out in their numbers and support us from start to finish, I played here a few years ago, and got a hundred, so the ground has great memories for me. We hope to have some more great moments this week.”

 

West Indies Test squad:

  • Kraigg Brathwaite (capt)

  • Jermaine Blackwood

  • Nkrumah Bonner

  • Shamarh Brooks

  • John Campbell

  • Joshua Da Silva

  • Jason Holder

  • Alzarri Joseph

  • Kyle Mayers

  • Veerasammy Permaul

  • Anderson Phillip

  • Kemar Roach

  • Jayden Seales

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