Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo says his priority will be to win the three home games, starting with the Guyana Amazon Warriors match in Limacol Caribbean Premier League action today, at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.
It is a rematch of the game the Red Steel lost to the Amazon Warriors a week ago in a super over in Guyana.
Red Steel coach Roger Helmot says that result is already behind his team.
“That was a couple of games ago and now we certainly have moved on since that match. It was a fantastic game, one which we felt we should have won but unfortunately a couple of mistakes put us into that super over situation,” he said.
The Red Steel record of two wins from three matches include two crushing victories—a seven-wicket win over the Barbados Tridents, then their latest, a nine-wicket romp against the Antigua Hawksbills Sunday.
“Dwayne (Bravo) and the guys have beendoing a great job and we are really excited about being back here at home, playing in front of our home fans. We know there are high expectations of the community here and we have high expectations ourselves,” Helmot said. “I don’t think we’ll do too much different other than put partnerships that will help us win games, put bowling plans...focus on the processes being the key and the outcomes will look after themselves.”
Bravo said the team is using the momentum of winning two games on the road to propel them.
“It’s a better start than what we had last year, so these three home games here are very important. Obviously Guyana is a very tough team, one of the better teams in the competition, both teams have mutual respect for each other so the fans are in for another cracker,” Bravo emphasised.
Bravo said winning is the number one priority.
“To lead the team well, that is the most important thing and to ensure that we win games. It’s a longer tournament, a very important tournament for us, and for me as a young captain to ensure that first of all is to get into the top four so the next three games are going to be very crucial,” he said. “If we could win all three, or at least two of the three against Guyana and Jamaica, the two teams that are ahead of us, if we could actually knock them over, we will finish in the top two in the (standings) table and that’s definitely my aim as captain.”
Warriors skipper Denesh Ramdin said his squad needed to come with their A game in what will be a more partisan atmosphere.
“Who handles the pressure better, comes out on top,” Ramdin stated.
The Warriors, winners of three of their four matches to date, are trying to rebound from a four-run defeat to the tournament’s only unbeaten team, the Jamaican Tallawahs.
Warriors coach, Roger Harper, said he preferred to focus on the positive aspects of that close match.
“There are number of things that went right that we will like to build on, a good few of our batsmen getting runs, getting through the overs, but also look at the little areas where we can look back—we weren’t as efficient in the field, and if we count some of the runs we gave away there and some of the extras we gave away as well,” he said, “But I think we could have handled the middle overs and the ones at the end a little better as well, so we see things we can improve on. If we can improve just one per cent in those areas it will help us tremendously.”
First ball is at 8 p.m.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Samuel Badree, Suliemann Benn, Darren Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Fidel Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Delorn Johnson, Kennar Lewis, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Nasir Jamshed, Kevin O’Brien, Nicolas Pooran (wk), Ross Taylor.
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Denesh Ramdin (captain & wk) Sunil Narine, Robin Bacchus, Christopher Barnwell, Ronsford Beaton, Trevon Griffith, Martin Guptill, Steven Jacobs, Leon Johnson, Mohammed Hafeez, Jimmy Neesham, Veerasammy Permaul, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Navin Stewart.