CAPTAIN AND COACH: West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo, left, speaks to head coach Ottis Gibson during the team’s training session at Eden Park, in New Zealand yesterday. The Windies face New Zealand in the first ODI at the same venue tonight (TT time). —Photo courtesy WICB Media



Bravo trying to inspire WI after dismal Test series – Page 62


West Indies will be without some of their most flamboyant players in Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels for the five-match One-day International series against New Zealand, but ODI skipper Dwayne Bravo is still promising a good show.

All three players are out through injury, making way for some younger players to come to fore, and so far Bravo is happy with the energy and enthusiasm he has see from his charges.

“It is nice to be here again after six years or something like that. The couple of training sessions we had, it has been very good. We did a lot of running around and there were a lot of smiles on our faces and that is good to see. I think we have a different type energy now and we all know we feel more comfortable in the shorter version of the game,” the West Indies skipper told the media yesterday ahead of the first ODI bowling off today at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

He also called on his players to get hungry for runs and wickets as they try to put some smiles on the faces of the fans back in the Caribbean.

“We want to try and start well in the series. New Zealand are a tough side to beat at home but we are looking forward to it and think we can do very well in this series. We want to improve our attitude, our outlook and the way we go about our preparation and the way we play on the field. We want our batsmen to get hungry, get hundreds, get big fifties,” he said.

“The guys put that (the Test series) behind them. For me as captain, I encourage the guys to be themselves, go back to the flamboyant way of playing the game with a smile on your face and that is what you are going to see there in these five games.”

Speaking about the missing players, Bravo said they will be missed but insisted that they have quality players waiting for a chance to prove themselves.

“Chris Gayle, Samuels and Pollard are three of our better players, we can’t hide that,” Bravo said. 

“We’re definitely going to miss them, because they are three world-class players and despite the talent we have, I don’t think any of us can actually fit those shoes. 

“For me as a captain, I’m going to miss their ability as well as their experience, but it’s a good opportunity for other players, they get an opportunity now to make a name for themselves and try to stamp their authority.

They’re definitely going to be missed, but I’m not going to use it as an excuse if we don’t play well. If we play to our true potential, we’re going to do well,” he added.

Bravo also reiterated his love for Test cricket and said it was difficult for him to watch from the sidelines as the West Indies lost to India and then to New Zealand in back to back Test series.

“Test cricket is the ultimate and it is something I really enjoy and hopefully one day I will get the opportunity to play Test cricket again. But as for now, there is nothing I can do about it but try to lead a team with young players and I am very excited to take this challenge on my shoulders and move the team forward,” he explained.

He also wants to use the talent at his disposal wisely to ensure results go their way.

“Despite all the injuries that happen outside and around the team, I am happy with the team. They are young but very talented and it is up to me to make sure I use the talent the right way,” said Bravo.

“We have to make sure that regardless of what the result might be, that we give 100 per cent and we represent our team and our people with pride and some heart,” the West Indies skipper concluded.


West Indies—Dwayne Bravo (capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Chadwick Walton.

New Zealand—Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson.

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