Ramdin urges T&T batsmen to do better

T&T batted poorly in both innings to be dismissed for 110 and 237, and crash to an innings and 22-run loss, 25 minutes after lunch on the third day at Kensington Oval.

“Players need to sit down and bat longer at the crease. You find players playing a lot more shots and not batting as long as they should,” the West Indies wicketkeeper said.

“To get hundreds you need to bat two sessions and a half but guys are trying to get all the runs in one session. We saw Kraigg Brathwaite, he batted 300 balls for his hundred.”

The 20-year-old Brathwaite’s 122 underpinned Barbados’ first innings of 369, after they had bundled out T&T cheaply on a grassy track, on the opening day.

Facing a deficit of 259, T&T slipped to 87 for four before Lendl Simmons smashed a 53-ball century, finishing with 140. He was the only batsman to pass 40.

With several of their experienced batsman missing through their Indian Premier League commitments, T&T were forced to field several young players in the latter stages of the tournament, a move Ramdin admitted did not work in their favour.

“It has been a tough season to swallow. We had our ups and downs. Coming to Barbados, playing on a bouncy track and we had some young players in our team,” Ramdin pointed out.

“Young (Stephen) Katwaroo he batted well but threw away his hand, Akeal Hosein was in his second match and he looked the part but pressure got to him and he gave away his hand.

“Hopefully many of them can take this and learn as fast as possible. We have to learn as fast as possible because next year will be right around the corner and we have to bounce back. We have some good young players coming through.”

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