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Haynes believes ‘Tage’ can cut it at the senior level

Desmond Haynes, the head selector for Cricket West Indies, is certain that Tagenarine Chanderpaul would perform magnificently now that the youngster of legendary former player Shivnarine Chanderpaul has joined the senior team.

Through a virtual news conference yesterday, Haynes and CWI overseer of cricket Jimmy Adams were discussing difficulties about the group selection for the upcoming Australia tour.

Haynes described “Tage” as a young man who had a great plan for playing the new ball. There is no better country than Australia to start a cricket career, according to Haynes. “I think he can bring it about,”

Despite their nearly identical batting approaches, the head selector believes the initial combination of Kraigg Brathwaite and the uncapped Chanderpaul may be profitable.

Both Chanderpaul, 26, and Brathwaite are attritional in their approach, shifting more toward becoming wrinkle occupiers than well-known run-scorers, but Haynes thought this might show to be helpful for the West Indies.

Haynes, who is regarded as one of the greatest openers in Test cricket, remarked, “I think they can function brilliantly together. I thus predict that he and Kraigg would complement one another because they would essentially be looking at how openers should assist a team also, which is to build an establishment for the side so that those coming in down the request wouldn’t receive the new ball.

In spite of his lethargic batting, Commander Brathwaite has produced almost 5,000 Trials at an average of 34, including 10 hundreds.

His fixation-inducing abilities were never more evident than during the second Test match between Britain and Australia at Kensington Oval last year, when the 29-year-old batted 160 in the first innings and 56 undefeated in the second.

He batted at the wicket for a total of 15 hours, 45 minutes, and 673 balls, which is a record for a West Indies batsman in a single Test.

Chanderpaul, a left-hander, has now produced five excellent hundreds with a normal of 34.

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