JUBILANT An elated Dwayne Bravo celebrates taking another wicket for the West Indies.

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...Bravo close to full fitness, will be part of WI training camp

By Roger Seepersad

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is still not 100 percent fit but will still be part of the upcoming West Indies training camp as he tries to force his way back into the regional Test team.

The ODI skipper injured his shoulder during the Indian Premier League, however he insisted that he is now “about 80 per cent fit” and confirmed that he will travel to Barbados on Thursday to be part of a West Indies Cricket Board training camp ahead of the home series against New Zealand which bowls off next month.

“I am not ready to play any cricket at the moment but I am getting closer,” the all-rounder told the media during a Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board reception Bravo, newly appointed West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin and West Indies women skipper Marissa Aguilera, at the newly refurbished Sir Frank Worrell Development Centre in Balmain Couva on Monday night.

“I would say I am about 80 per cent fit but there is still some work to be done with my shoulder. I am feeling good. The range of motion is back again so there is a lot of positive signs so I look forward to the camp coming up,” said Bravo.

“I leave on Thursday to join the West Indies team in the camp and I look forward to challenging for a place and get back to playing cricket again,” he added.

And while he is excited by the prospect of reclaiming his place in the Test side, Bravo insisted that he does not want to rush his recovery.

“This week I will definitely be back in the nets but I have to take it slowly. It is an injury that I don’t think I can rush. I have to make sure it heals properly and then come back when it is the right time,” he explained.

With the injury, Bravo was force prioritise what cricket he wants to play with IPL still going on and the Test matches against New Zealand coming up in June.

“It has been on my mind to be honest. I definitely want to play in the Test series because it has been four years now and to get the opportunity again after being set back by injury is going to be very challenging. I have to be smart and respect my body and those in charge have to respect my decision as well,” said Bravo.

“I have to ensure I am fit and able to give 100 percent and once I am fit they know what they will get out of me. At the moment I have to take it one step at a time, continue my rehab programme. There is still three weeks to go before the first Test so I have some time and I will definitely give myself every chance to make the side,” he added.

About his participation in the camp, Bravo said: “It is just a matter of me going to the camp and see if I am able to take part and be fully a part of the camp and give my full commitment, which I don’t think I am able to do at the moment. “It is just to go to the camp, get more assessment with the physios (physiotherapists) there and see how it goes and hopefully coming down to the end of the month I will be in a better position to actually play,” he added.

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