Joe Root led England is taking on the West Indies in a three-match test series in West Indies. The series will be a decisive series for the visitors after the recent Ashes series loss. The visitors left out James Anderson and Stuart Broad from the squad to provide some space to youngsters.
The first test match of the series started on Tuesday in which Joe Root called it right at the toss and elected to bat.
England Playing XI: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Daniel Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes(w), Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Mark Wood, Jack Leach
West Indies Playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite(c), John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva(w), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Veerasammy Permaul, Jayden Seales
On day 5 of the Test Match, England set the target of 286 with the last two sessions remaining. West Indies lost 4 wickets initially but after that, there was a 200+ balls partnership between Bonner and Holder.
Even in the situation of the match, Joe Root decided to continue playing. Now, Brathwaite has openly expressed that Root should have shaken hands much earlier as there was no result possible. The west indies all-rounder went on to say that it was a bit disrespectful.
Here’s the statement of Carlos Brathwaite :
“In my opinion, it did (go on longer than it needed to). If I wereKraigg Brathwaite or any of the other senior players in that dressing room I would have found it a bit disrespectful that in the last hour, with two set batsmen batting the way that they were and the pitch offering nothing England felt as though they could get six wickets in the last 10 overs going up until five balls left,”
If you want to become a top team you have to think like a top team and the West Indies may not be there yet, but the mentality has to be ‘would England not have done that if it was an Ashes Test or against India, New Zealand or Pakistan?’ I think the answer is no, so why have they done it against us?”
A bit disrespectful this
— Carlos Brathwaite (@CRBrathwaite26) March 12, 2022