Jamaica Gleaner / Shimron Hetmyer said yesterday that the West Indies would not be thinking too far ahead, despite their great start to their second innings, in their quest to rescue the opening Test against New Zealand.
Trailing by 386 on first innings after the Black Caps piled up 520 for nine declared, the Windies ended day three at the Basin Reserve on 214 for two – still requiring 172 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
Hetmyer, who stroked a maiden Test half-century during the innings, said the key was to bat in partnerships and focus on each session at a time.
“When we came in (at the innings break) … the coaches said to us that what we had done in the first innings was already past and we have to look ahead to the score that we have to get and to try as much as possible to get that score,” the 20-year-old told reporters.
“We were looking at two partnerships in excess of 150, and right now, we have two good batsmen at the crease in Shai (Hope) and Kraigg (Brathwaite), and we’re just hoping they can set it up and get a 100- or even 200-run partnership.”
He added: “We play cricket as we see it, and we play it (day-by-day). Today is already gone, so we’re just looking forward to the next day.”
According to the left-hander, Brathwaite remained the key to the Windies’ fortunes in the match.
“I think he is, in a sense, one of the most important batsmen as of now,” Hetmyer stressed.
“He’s like an anchor for us, and it gives us a drive to know when you go out there (to bat), there’s Kraigg there as well. You can be free at your end (to play normally).
“Like me, for instance, (I can keep) playing my shots with him (at the other end).”
He continued: “I am really comfortable batting with Kraigg because he keeps telling me just be myself and just express myself and enjoy it as much as you can.”