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Young Windies back home

Kraigg Brathwaite (left) with some of his team-mates during their tour Down Under.

The West Indies Under-19 team is back in the Caribbean and captain Kraigg Braithwaite says they performed well despite failing to capture the prestigious International Cricket Council Under-19 World Cup.

Of the ten matches played, the young West Indies lost two crucial encounters in agonisingly close circumstances

Braithwaite’s side won a series of matches in the preliminary round until the quarter final stage when they were first beaten by New Zealand and then by England. Fourteen teams were involved in the tournament played in Queensland, Australia.

“I thought as a team we did well. We played in total around ten games we lost two games. So I thought it was a good tour,” Braithwaite said on his return to the Caribbean.

“We had our chance to go through and win but we didn’t. We just have to continue working harder as individuals. We dropped a few catches … some crucial ones as well and that is something we just have to work on as a team”.

Despite a defiant century from John Campbell, West Indies lost to England by 13 runs in their 5th place play-off last Friday and earlier lost to the Kiwis in a closely fought encounter that was decided in the final over.

“It was a tight match… the last over needing 18 runs …they (New Zealand) got some luck. A few edges went for four and stuff,” Braithwaite recalled. “But it was all a learning experience for the fellows and we hope after this we would just become stronger individuals”.

India defeated Australia in the finals to secure their third under-19 world cup title following triumphs in 2000 and 2008.

“It was international under-19s so we just embraced the environment and know that we have to come and work hard if we want to come and play internationally at the highest level. Just work hard and come stronger” Braithwaite said. (windiescricket)

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