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CWI: Kraigg Brathwaite ready to lead against Bangladesh

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Test captain Kraigg Brathwaite sees himself as a central figure in the two-Test series against Bangladesh starting next month, and plans to put his best foot forward.

With 64 Tests and a decade of Test cricket under his belt, the 28-year-old is the most experienced player on tour. His experience will be pivotal to the touring side’s chances, and Brathwaite says he is determined to be an example for the younger players on and off the field.

I think I have a good team here. A few guys haven’t played international cricket, some haven’t played in a little while but I know this team is fully capable of doing well on the international level, but me as the leader I want to lead from the front. Obviously it’s my job as the opening batsman to get runs so obviously I’ll be looking to do that, build the foundation for the team as I always say but the guys here, I don’t see them as second string guys. I think these guys can perform and do well at the international level so I know they’re looking forward to the opportunity.

Brathwaite has scored eight Test centuries, including three against Bangladesh. His career-best score is 212 against the Bangladeshis at Arnos Vale in St Vincent.

Obviously leading a team you want to win … but my role here is I just want to lead from the front, both as the captain and with the bat,” the Barbadian pointed out. And yes, it would be great to get that win but we’ve got to go hour by hour, we can’t think too far ahead. We’ve obviously got to plan first and then we’ve got to go and execute. Once we take it step by step, the end result will take care of itself. Once we put in the work initially, I know that this team will do well here.

West Indies arrived last Sunday and started training on Thursday. The first ODI will be next Wednesday at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. Following the three-match series, Brathwaite will lead West Indies in the two Tests from February 3-15 in Chattogram and then in the nation’s capital, Dhaka

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