Braithwaite happy with Young WI's show
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — West Indies Under-19 cricket captain Kraigg Braithwaite says his team performed well despite its failure to capture the ICC Under-19 world cup.
Of the 10 matches played the young West Indies lost two in the just-ended 14-team tournament in Australia
Braithwaite's side won a series of matches in the preliminary round until the quarter-final stage when they were first beaten by New Zealand and then England.
"I thought the fellas did well. We played in total around 10 games. We lost two games so I thought it was a good tour," Braithwaite told reporters on his return to the Caribbean.
"We had our chance to go through and win but we didn't. We just have to continue working harder as individuals. We dropped a few catches... some crucial ones as well, and that is something we just have to work on as a team," he added.
Despite a defiant century from John Campbell, West Indies lost to England by 13 runs in their fifth-place play-off last Friday and earlier, were defeated by New Zealand in a closely-fought encounter that was decided in the final over.
"It was a tight match... the last over needing 18 runs. The guys got some luck, a few edges went for four and stuff," Braithwaite recalled.
"But it was all a learning experience... and we hope after this we would just become stronger individuals."
India defeated Australia in the final to secure their third Under-19 World Cup title following triumphs in 2000 and 2008.
"It was international Under-19s, so we just embraced the environment and know that we have to come and work hard if we want to come and play internationally at the highest level. Just work hard and come stronger," Braithwaite said.