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Kraigg Brathwaite urge West Indies rookies to 'think big' ahead of Lord's Test

West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite has told debutant Mikele Louis to "think big" as he prepares to face England at Lord's.

Louis will become the first ever West Indies Test player from his home island of St Kitts, joining an inexperienced batting unit with Kirk McKenzie, Alick Athanaze and Kavem Hodge having just nine caps between them.

But Brathwaite, the elder statesman of the side with 89 appearances, wants his team-mates to believe in what they can achieve.

"Mikele is a nice guy, a very joyful spirit. I know he'll do extremely well, playing international cricket for many years," he said.

"My advice to all the younger boys in the group, like Mikele making his debut, is don't just expect to play for West Indies, expect to be the first to score 30 hundreds."

That mark has in fact been achieved by Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul but Brathwaite continued: "You've got to think big, you know, don't think too small.

"I think they're young and exciting. The more games they play the better, they have a lot of talent and we are fully 100 per cent behind them."

Brathwaite's predecessor as skipper Jason Holder will bat at six on his comeback to the side after almost a year away, while left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie compliments a pace attack featuring the exciting Shamarh Joseph.

The Guyanese seamer burst on to the scene with a stunning performance against Australia in January, taking seven for 68 with a broken foot to steal a famous win at the Gabba.

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