The time for sending messages is over for Carlos Brathwaite after his West Indies side fell agonisingly short of downing defending champions Australia at Trent Bridge.
While he and the pace attack impressed for a second successive match, it was not enough and the 30-year-old knows that positivity must be converted into victories if West Indies want to profit from the tournament.
“We don’t want to send messages out to other teams, we want to win games. We scored 421 against New Zealand in the warm-up and then bowled Pakistan out for 105 and people have said we’ve sent messages,” he said.
“But this time we lost and it’s not about sending messages, it’s about winning games. We fought hard and Australia played very well, we felt we could chase it down but weren’t able to do that. We didn’t adjust as quickly as we would have liked but kudos to the Australia.
“There are fine margins, on another day we could have Coulter-Nile out early on and had them out for 150 or 160, we bowled well and they dealt with it well.”