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Other Brathwaite makes Test mark


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WEST INDIES have been widely panned for a perceived lack of commitment as much as the quality of their cricket during a tough tour down under, but Carlos Brathwaite’s spirited 59 helped fire up the tourists’ dressing room.

Resuming on 91-6 in response to Australia’s imposing 551-3 declared, Brathwaite rode his luck with top-order batsman Darren Bravo in a 90-run stand to help push their team to a credible 271 before they were dismissed at tea.

Although Australia captain Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja batted the hosts to an imperious 459-run lead at stumps, the 27-year-old Barbadian was satisfied his team had secured a moral victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

“I was just happy that I could contribute to a fighting day’s performance and we hope that the fans in the West Indies get a smile back on their face and realise that we’re not just here for being here’s sake,” Brathwaite, who replaced injured paceman Shannon Gabriel in the side, told reporters.

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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