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'Dropped catches a cause for concern' - Ramdin

Kraigg Brathwaite marks his guard WICB Media

Happy with the batting and bowling, West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin asked his team to improve their fielding ahead of the second Test in St Lucia. West Indies won the first Test by ten wickets, with more than two sessions to go, but five dropped catches soured the bonhomie at Arnos Vale.

The win was put together by Kraigg Brathwaite's maiden double-hundred, Suleiman Benn's five-wicket haul and a late burst by Kemar Roach, who took four wickets in the second innings. But Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored his third Test century, was the biggest beneficiary of West Indies' fielding lapses.

He got four lives - Chris Gayle dropping him at first slip on 10, Darren Bravo dropping him at gully on 25, Gayle again dropping him on 71 and finally Jerome Taylor dropping a sitter at mid-on when he was on 115.

Kirk Edwards also put down a simple chance offered by Mahmudullah on the fourth day when the batsman skied the ball straight to cover.

"It [the dropped catches] is a cause for concern," Ramdin said. "It is very important we work on those areas. Our slip catching has hampered us in the past and in St Lucia we definitely need to hold all our chances.

"I think our team is in a good place. Our batsmen are getting runs and our bowlers are getting wickets. We hope the pitch at St Lucia will be a lot greener than the one we have had here."

Ramdin commended Bangladesh for their fightback in the second innings and said that the 130-run partnership between Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah had taken the game away from West Indies a little, helped along by their poor slip-catching.

"I think after the first innings, they came back and batted well in the second innings. They applied themselves. It was going to be hard following on, our bowlers had a good run in the first innings," Ramdin said. "It was a good pitch, I would say, went better as the game went along.

"Mushfiqur Rahim came in and batted really well with Mahmudullah. I think that was the partnership that took it away a little from us. But we bowled in some good areas and created chances. We didn't take our slip catching as well as we wanted to."

Ramdin praised Kemar Roach's four-wicket haul on the final day but he was profuse while talking about Kraigg Brathwaite who made his maiden Test double-hundred to help set up West Indies' first innings.

"Roach bowled exceptionally well on a flat pitch, and he was backed up by the bowlers as well," Ramdin said. "Brathwaite is definitely going from strength to strength and is displaying immense maturity. We hope he can continue on to bigger and better things. [Shivnarine] Chanderpaul also batted well to support Brathwaite."

Brathwaite, adjudged man of the match, was understated when talking about his own performance, calling it a result of training harder to play against spin.

"It was a difficult pitch but I worked hard and it brought me success," Brathwaite said. "I got a lot better against spin bowling and I have been working on some things with the bowling machine, but I still have a long way to go. Every time I go out I try to get as much as possible. Next game I will come back and work hard for the team."