BRISTOL, England – West Indies all-rounder 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 be 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 10:30am (5:30am Eastern Caribbean Time/4:30am Jamaica Time).
Brathwaite sees himself as a versatile all-rounder 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 skillset 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.
Audio Clip of Carlos Brathwaite: 141113_002