West Indies cricket slumped to a new low on last Saturday when the two-time champions failed to qualify ^(https://lotus365.today/goto/https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-qualifier-2023-1377745/scotland-vs-west-indies-23rd-match-super-six-1377769/match-report) for the ODI World Cup to be held in India later this year.
But Brathwaite and his team are eager to look ahead and start the new World Test Championship cycle (2023-25) with the series against India. The West Indies ODI team is still in Zimbabwe, playing the World Cup Qualifier from where Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph will leave early for the Test series ^(https://lotus365.today/goto/https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/wi-vs-ind-jason-holder-alzarri-joseph-to-return-early-from-world-cup-qualifier-1385806). Some of the other West Indies players are currently attending a training camp at the Coolidge Cricket Ground to prepare for the Test series, and the selectors are yet to announce the Test squad.
“It’s important to start well. We are playing against India, so you know the guys are really looking forward to it,” Brathwaite was quoted as saying by Cricket West Indies (CWI).
“I think as a team, and as batsmen and bowlers, we already have those thoughts in mind about what to expect, and this is why preparation is very important.
“It’s all about how you prepare, knowing what we’re going to get in terms of conditions, we generally know how the surfaces will play, and we already know India’s team, so it’s important from now to mentally prepare, and understand the plans we want both as a bowling unit and as batters, so you know it will all come down to execution.”
Brathwaite will return to action after four months, when West Indies last played a Test series and lost 2-0 in South Africa. The second Test will be played in Trinidad from July 20, followed by the three ODIs and five T20Is ^(https://lotus365.today/goto/https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/india-in-west-indies-2023-1381201/match-schedule-fixtures-and-results).
Brathwaite has called on the Caribbean cricket fans to come out in huge numbers and support the team in the series against India.
“Dominica will host the first Test match, and we call for the supporters in Dominica to come out and support us, but the guys are really looking forward to the first two Test matches of this cycle,” he said.
The second Test will also be the 100th clash in format between West Indies and India.
“That’s great you know in terms of the 100th Test match against West Indies, and it’s in Trinidad, and you know they love their cricket there, so I think it’s important, and we got to try to make the region proud.”