Thursday, February 22, 2018

Barath: WI batsmen still learning


ENCOURAGED: Adrian Barath

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West Indies opener Adrian Barath says he learned a lot from his recent Test series in England despite a lack of form with the bat.

Barath managed just 114 runs in five innings at an average of 22.80 during the three-Test series, including a high score of 42 runs.

The 22-year-old opener was still the fifth highest run-scorer for the West Indies in the Test series behind Marlon Samuels (386 runs), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (235), Darren Sammy (201) and Denesh Ramdin (163).

"I thought it was a tour that I learned a lot from, (but) at the same time I thought I should have got some bigger scores, especially with the kind of starts I got," he told the Express on Saturday.

Barath scored 42 and 24 respectively in his two innings in the first Test at Lord's, and felt he should gone on to reach fifty or even a century.

"In both of those innings I got out after lunch. If I had maintained my focus and carried on, I could have gotten a big fifty or more, but it was a tough tour," he explained. "I played out the morning conditions, which were really tough, but you cannot afford to lose your concentration because conditions are tough throughout the day."

"In England it is not easy as a foreign player, and it is very difficult to get a start... the ball does a bit all day long, not just in one session. (The way I got out) I think it was a loss of concentration. You have to keep your concentration all day long. You cannot afford to lapse," he added.

Speaking about the 2-0 Test series loss to England, Barath insisted that it was a hard-fought series that the visitors could have led 1-0 after the Lord's Test.

"We definitely turned up," the dimunitive batsman declared. "From the comments before the series, a lot of people thought we were going to be demoralised, but the way we played, we showed we had fight and we actually had a chance to win the first Test.

"After the fourth afternoon when we got some early wickets, we had a good chance to win. I think we still have a lot to learn, and again it comes back to capitalising on key moments, but we are getting there...we are competing," said Barath.

Barath stated that the players are all committed and have been working hard.

"Since playing against India and almost beating them in their own back yard in Mumbai, I think that taught us something about ourselves. The players and management team has put in a lot of work, the players have been working harder with the batting coach Toby Radford and you can see a difference.

"The professionalism the coach (Ottis Gibson) has instilled in the players is paying dividends," Barath concluded.