After being beaten 2-0 in the three-match Test series against New Zealand, the West Indies came back from 2-1 down to tie the five-match One Day International series 2-2 and their skipper Dwayne Bravo believes their latest win is testament to what they can achieve once they perform to their true potential. And the Windies will be attempting to show that potential in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in Auckland tomorrow morning.
Bravo, who hit 106 in the final ODI, also believes his side is moving in the right direction with everyone helping one another.
“The team is going in a direction were we all support, trust and believe in each other. We are enjoying each other’s success. That is what is important in team games and that is where we are headed but there is still a long way to go,” he said.
“We have talent but at times we don’t really play to our true potential,” Bravo added.
The captain said his team took a lot of confidence from their 203-run win over their hosts on Tuesday night in the final ODI in Hamilton but insisted they would not get ahead of themselves with two more matches to play before the tour comes to an end.
The regional side now turn their attention to the remaining two Twenty20 matches, the first of which bowls off at 2 a.m, Caribbean time tomorrow.
“We going to a venue where we won our first game and that in itself will give us some more confidence but we are not going to get too swell-headed or ahead of ourselves now,” the Windies skipper stated.
“This is a different format now and New Zealand are a dangerous team and we have to respect them. We are going to enjoy this win. It was really good all-round performance,” Bravo added.
“It was a great game. We were aware of the situation (before the match). We knew we needed to win the game to level the series and history shows that we are a team that plays better under pressure when our back is against the wall. It was a total team effort,” he said of the win.
Looking ahead to their World Twenty20 title defence, Bravo said the regional side will most likely retain most of the players from the championship-winning team from 2012.
“I think our group is settled...about 90-95 per cent the same team,” he said.
“We are looking to keep improving keep encouraging each other, stay tight together as a team and everything will fall into place,” the regional skipper added.
Meanwhile, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said their loss to the Windies was a “step backwards” for his team but was still encouraged by his team’s performances throughout the series.
“The West Indies boys came out and put on a splendid performance,” he said.
“We are going alright as a one-day unit...We had put in some good performances in this series. We are getting there as a one-day unit, and we are seeing an emergence of new talent. Anderson in Queenstown was sublime, and then the bowlers have chipped in as well,” McCullum added.
West Indies—Dwayne Bravo (Captain), Samuel Badree, Tino Best, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Chadwick Walton.
New Zealand—Brendon McCullum (Captain), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.