Windies brace for South Africa battle | Sports – Jamaica Gleaner

Windies brace for South Africa battle | Sports – Jamaica Gleaner

It has been 11 years since the South Africans visited the Caribbean to play a Test match, and today, that long drought will come to an end, as the ‘Proteas’ face a rejuvenated West Indies side in the first Test at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia, starting at 9 a.m. Jamaica time.

The series is pitted to be a battle of attrition with the bowling attacks leading the charge. However, the West Indies may feel a tad bit more confident, having come off a tied series against Sri Lanka before a series win away to Bangladesh early in the year.

The South Africans, on the other hand, come to the Caribbean on the back of a series loss to Pakistan, but they defeated the Sri Lankans late last year on the back of comprehensive a two-nil result.

The last time the West Indies beat South Africa in a Test was a one-off match back in 1992 in Barbados.


Current captain Kraigg Brathwaite wasn’t even born when the West Indies achieved that result, but the Barbadian is keen to turn around the team’s fortunes and finally get one over on the South Africans after seven attempts.

The captain made it clear that the key to success will be the team’s attitude and discipline, and focus on doing the small things right.

“For us, it’s just to go out there and do the simple things right, and I think the results will take care of