Brathwaite finds positives on tough first day


West Indies can take heart from late wickets in Melbourne despite Australia finishing day one of the second Test 345-3, according to Kraigg Brathwaite.

The part-time off-spinner and Jerome Taylor removed dangermen Joe Burns (128) and Usman Khawaja (144) respectively in the final session on Saturday, giving the tourists something of a boost heading into day two.

Brathwaite drew Burns out of his crease in the 74th over, which allowed Denesh Ramdin to complete a stumping, and the 23-year-old hopes they can gain some momentum from their late breakthroughs to limit Australia's scoring on Sunday.

"It was a decent day for us, we showed some improvement bowling wise," Brathwaite said.

"The ball didn't do a lot, I think the bowlers put in a better effort than in the first Test and it's key to come tomorrow and start well.

"[We need to bowl] a lot of dot balls, build some pressure and don't let them play as freely and work from there."

Burns' wicket was only the eighth of Brathwaite's Test career as he continues to battle for a chance to impress captain Jason Holder, but he hopes another strong showing could earn him more overs.

He added: "I back myself to get wickets whenever I come on, I don't necessarily bowl a lot so I just want to keep working at it and keep improving as a bowler. I cherish my bowling.

"I will continue to try my best to prove him [Holder] wrong and get wickets."