Brathwaite finally departs to replace Chris Gayle

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Kraigg Brathwaite
Kraigg Brathwaite

[www.inewsguyana.com]Kraigg Brathwaite, the player called up to replace the injured Chris Gayle on the West Indies squad on tour of New Zealand, has finally departed Barbados.

According to the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Brathwaite is en route to join his teammates. Brathwaite was named the replacement player for Gayle for the start of the test series against New Zealand but waited for two weeks for a visa.

He departed Bridgetown on Friday and expected to arrive in Wellington on Monday, two days before the start of the second test match.

The BCA’s website quoted Braithwaite’s father as saying that the batsman feels very relieved to be finally going to New Zealand.

Off spinner Shane Shillingford led a West Indies fight back in the opening test against New Zealand which ended in a draw on Saturday.

Forecast rain arrived in Dunedin just before lunch on the fifth day leaving New Zealand stranded at 79 for 4, 33 runs short of victory.

Darren Bravo’s top scored of 218 was the sliver lining on a game expected to finish a day early.  West Indies have not won a test in New Zealand in 18 years and New Zealand’s drought continues, having drawn six and lost four of their test matches since November 2012.

The second game of the three-match series starts at Wellington’s Basin Reserve on Wednesday (Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Eastern Caribbean, 4:30 p.m. Jamaica).

 

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