Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Coach of the West Indies Under-19 Team Roddy Estwick has lauded his players for their outstanding performances in the just-concluded series against Australia Under-19s. The Windies outplayed the Aussies to earn a four-wicket win in the three-day "Test" match, which ended on Monday. Last week they won the three-match One-Day Series 2-1. All matches were played at the Global Cricket Academy.
On Monday in the second innings, Australia were bowled out for 228, with seamer Derone Davis (3-38) doing the damage. He ended with match figures of 6-99. Set 150 to win, the Windies reached 153-6 shortly after tea. The batting was again led by skipper Kraigg Brathwaite, who made 46 to follow-up his 168 not out in the first innings. The right-handed opener added 71 for the second wicket with Akeem Saunders (42) and at the end Kyle Mayers (24 not out) sealed the victory.
"This was a superb tour for these young men. They did all that was asked of them. Throughout the series – in the three-day match and the three limited-overs matches – they showed great commitment and displayed their talent. It was a wonderful overall team effort. After losing the first One-Day match they bounced back to win the next two matches and that took character and determination. They also played a superb brand of cricket in the three-day match to register a comprehensive victory," Estwick said.
"Every time we found ourselves in a bit of trouble and needed a major performance we got one. Someone always stepped up to do the job for the team and that was pleasing. We have some very mature players who handled the pressure very well, players who are willing to battle through tough situations. They all had the correct approach. It was great to watch."
The former Barbados seam bowler said he was pleased with the development of all the players as they prepare for next year’s International Cricket Council’s Under-19 World Cup in Australia.
"We didn’t just win the series. What was also very important to note was the fact that the players all adjusted to the foreign conditions and equipped themselves very well. These were very positive signs and showed that we have players capable of performing well away from home," Estwick added. "We are building a team as we look ahead to the World Cup next year. We have started our preparation and the players will get the chance to play in the regional Under-19 Tournament later this year to enhance their chances and impress the selectors."