PLAY ME IN TESTS
Dwayne Bravo eyes NZ series
Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Dwayne Bravo believes the West Indies selectors “got it wrong” after leaving him out of the Test side since 2010.
He also believes that once they get the combination right and the right players are selected the West Indies will definitely do well in the upcoming home series against New Zealand.
In an interview on the Line and Length Cricket cable television show on Saturday, Bravo said: “I must stress my disappointment of not playing Test cricket for the last four years.
“I think they got it wrong to be honest but there is nothing I can do about it. I just have to continue to play my game and show my hunger and desire to play Test cricket and hopefully I will get the opportunity again,” he added.
The Chennai Super Kings player is currently is England recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained during the IPL.
He is optimistic he can get back on the field for the end of the IPL season but insisted that his focus is getting fitter and stronger because, as he put it, “there is a lot of cricket to play, not just the IPL.”
“There is a Test series against New Zealand and my eyes are on that. I definitely want to be back involved in Test cricket again,” he added.
“For those who don’t know, the last Test match I played was in 2010 in Sri Lanka and to be honest I was very disappointed that I was not able to make the Test squad since,” he said.
Bravo has scored 2,200 runs in 40 Tests with three centuries and 13 half centuries. He has also taken 86 Test wickets since making his debut against England at Lord’s in 2004.
Asked if he spoke to the regional selectors and the coaches about his omission, Bravo said: “From the selectors down to the coach as well, every day I see them, I abuse them,” Bravo joked.
“I keep asking what it is I have to do again to be selected. Obviously, they can’t really give a proper answer so it always finishes off with a small laugh. Nothing really serious comes out of it,” he added.
Looking ahead to the three-match Test series against New Zealand bowling off in June, Bravo said despite the recent results in the longest format of the game, “I think we will be a very difficult team to beat at home if we get the right combination and right players are selected.”
Asked to elaborate on his view about the right combination, he said: “I expect two spinners should be playing at the same time.”
Among the spin combinations he mentioned were left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, mystery spinner Sunil Narine and off-spinner Shane Shillingford.
Speaking about his recovery, Bravo said there are a lot of positive signs.
“I have had two very good days of rehab and I think I am going to extend my stay an extra week and push myself a bit more. Coming from Dubai, I was in a lot of pain and I was not sure I could actually do the things I am doing now,” he explained.
About the injury itself, the all-rounder said that during the IPL match against King’s XI Punjab, “I tried to run and take one of my usual spectacular catches but unfortunately it was too far away and I landed on my shoulder on my left side and at first I thought my collarbone was broken, but my scans showed that it was intact, so it was just some ligament bruises.
“I give 100 per cent all the time. It is very difficult for me to be on the field and don’t give that 100 percent but I think I will have to be a bit smarter now to last longer,” he added.
Speaking about the poor form of his brother Darren in the regional four-day tournament, Dwayne said “We all know he is one of our most talented batsmen, has been going through some personal problems...the time will come when we he will get back to his normal self.
“He is down at the moment but I know he is not out,” Dwayne added.