Captain Carlos Brathwaite said experimenting at the top of the order was necessary as West Indies searched for a solution to their opening woes in the ongoing Twenty20 International series against India.

In the opening match in Kolkata, the Windies partnered Shai Hope with Denesh Ramdin, but then opted for Shimron Hetmyer and Hope in last Sunday’s second match in Lucknow.

Neither combination brought rewards and Brathwaite said without any specialist openers on tour, management had been forced to experiment.

“We didn’t come on tour with an out-and-out opener, so we’re still trying to find that best opening combination,” the all-rounder said.

“There were a few theories in the first game as well as the second game about how we wanted to send the order for different reasons. Ultimately, none of the two really worked because we never got off to a great start in the first six overs in the first two games, but working with the players we have on tour, it was difficult to choose the perfect batting pair.”

According to CMC News, Hope and Ramdin put on 16 off 13 balls in the opening match, while Hope and Hetmyer could muster just seven in the second game. West Indies suffered a five-wicket and 71-run defeat in the two matches, to concede the three-match series.



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