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‘It just didn’t work’ – Brathwaite insists Patriots not bothered by failed Allen gamble

By September 24, 2019

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots skipper Carlos Brathwaite insists the team will not lose too much sleep over the decision to promote in-form batsman Fabian Allen up the order, despite the move seeming to backfire against the St Lucia Zouks on Tuesday.

Allen has been one of the tournament’s most devastating batsmen, his 192 runs scored at an impressive strike rate of 181.13.  The batsman has, however, typically come into the line-up at six or seventh this season where he has routinely taken apart bowling attacks.

  With the game in the balance at 4 for 89, on Tuesday, and the threat of rain on the horizon, Allen was brought into the line-up at fifth.  The move quickly backfired as he was dismissed lbw by Kesrick Williams after facing just two deliveries.

“With the showers around we figured that Fabian, being in the form that he has been in, could bring us closer to the Duckworth Lewis and take some pressure off the rest of the line-up," Brathwaite said.

“After the rains came we just decided that the run rate was getting close to 12.  We didn’t want it to be a situation where Fabian would have to come in and dig us out from 16,17 an over, which he has been doing,” he added.

“We gave him the opportunity to go up the order.  It didn’t quite work out but in a situation like that, you can’t really lay blame.  We tried something but it just didn’t work.”

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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    Fast bowler Thomas, who turned 23 earlier this week, is selected after making a full recovery from a car accident in Jamaica recently. Additionally, wicket-keeper/batsman Shai Hope has been included alongside left-arm spinner Fabian Allen.

    Commenting on the squad, CWI lead selector Roger Harper said: “Shimron Hetmyer missed out on selection for the ODI squad. He has since attained the required fitness level, becoming available for selection and has been included.

    "Andre Russell is back in the squad, having been cleared by the medical panel and successfully completing CWI’s return-to-play protocol. Andre will add potency to every department of the team. Oshane Thomas appears to be focused and raring to go. He will add pace and penetration to the bowling unit.”

    Harper added: “Shai Hope provides an opening option and cover as a back-up wicket-keeper also. Fabian Allen returns from the injury he sustained in the series against Afghanistan late last year. He will provide a spin-bowling option as well as adding depth to the batting group.”

    Looking ahead to the T20I matches, Harper outlined that he will have one eye on the ICC T20 World Cup to be played in Australia later this year. West Indies are the defending champions and the only team to lift the trophy twice.

    “I look forward to the team building on its recent performances and winning the T20 series in Sri Lanka. This is another opportunity for the team to build on its strengths and identify areas that need improvement while continuing the process of building up with the aim of peaking for the T20 World Cup in October,” said Harper.

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    West Indies T20I squad

    Kieron Pollard (capt), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams.

     

    IN: Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen, Shai Hope.

     

    OUT: Evin Lewis, Khary Pierre, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd.

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