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Cricket World Cup: Carlos Brathwaite — “My skill-set suits bowling very tight in the middle”

By CWI Media

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Carlos Brathwaite

BRISTOL, England – West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite spoke to CWI Media ahead of the team’s contest against South Africa on Sunday – their first official ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up match.

The two teams will meet at the County Ground, Bristol as they continue preparations for the marquee event.

The tournament will be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. West Indies open their campaign on Friday, May 31 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. First ball is 10:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time/4:30 a.m. Jamaica Time).

Carlos Brathwaite of the Sunrisers Hyderabad during the practice session before the start of the match ten of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on the 14th April 2018.
Photo by: Deepak Malik / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Brathwaite sees himself as a versatile allrounder and said he was ready to perform whatever role is required. The tall right-hander batted well last week when he made a forthright 60 – off 64 balls with five fours and three sixes – against Australia in an unofficial pre-tournament fixture at the Nursery Ground, adjacent to the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

“Being here with the team preparing for the World Cup means a lot to me. As I always say, putting on the West Indies shirt is always a great feeling and a privilege … to do it on the world stage, with the ten best teams fighting it out for the trophy, is something special,” he stated.

“It’s another challenge and whatever situation presents itself is for me to use my versatility again and to adapt to it. We may need another knock like against Australia or we may need a knock where they only have three overs and I’m supporting one of the batters that is in, so it’s another good challenge for the team and puts us one step closer to the ultimate goal which is winning the tournament.”

Brathwaite added: “When chosen, my skill-set suits bowling very tight in the middle, offering some support at the death and then with the bat picking up the slack. If I need to come in the last three or four overs to give us a boost to the total then fine … or the odd game where I can come in and play a longer knock, so I think it’s about working on all facets of my game so my versatility makes me an asset that can be chosen at any point during the tournament,”

West Indies won the ICC Cricket World Cup on two occasions under the leadership of Clive Lloyd – the first edition in 1975 when they beat Australia and again in 1979 when they beat England.

FULL SQUAD

Jason Holder (Captain)

Chris Gayle (Vice Captain)

Fabian Allen

Carlos Brathwaite

Darren Bravo

Sheldon Cottrell

Shannon Gabriel

Shimron Hetmyer

Shai Hope

Evin Lewis

Ashley Nurse

Nicholas Pooran

Kemar Roach

Andre Russell

Oshane Thomas

MATCH SCHEDULE

(First ball is 5:30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean/4:30 a.m. Jamaica; unless otherwise stated)

May 31: vs Pakistan – Nottingham

June 6: vs Australia – Nottingham

June 10: vs South Africa – Southampton

June 14: vs England – Southampton

June 17: vs Bangladesh – Taunton

June 22: vs New Zealand – Manchester (8:30 a.m. EC Time/7:30 a.m. Jamaica)

June 27: vs India – Manchester

July 1: vs Sri Lanka – Chester-le-Street

July 4: vs Afghanistan – Leeds

Semi-Finals

July 9: 1st vs 4th – Manchester

July 11: 2nd vs 3rd – Birmingham

The Final

July 14: Semi-final Winner 1 vs Semi-final Winner 2 – Lord’s

July 15: Reserve Day

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