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Sammy hails Darren Bravo for ‘mature’ double ton

 West Indies skipper Darren Sammy said middle order batsman Darren Bravo’s double century in the second innings was very mature and helped the team to manage a draw with the help of the inclement weather.

“Credit must go to Darren Bravo. It is a morale boost for the guys, especially coming from India. I heard some commentator say this is worst West Indies team coming to New Zealand. We knew it would be difficult, so we are quite happy with the result from position we were in in the first innings,” Sammy was quoted as saying on the ESPNcricinfo website.

Sammy continued: “That was a real mature innings, somebody had to put their hand up for the team and one of the youngest guys did it. He models himself on his cousin, Brian [Lara]. I guess even the great Lara would have been proud of that innings. It was a match-saving innings and we are all happy for him. It will give us more confidence going into the second Test.”

Sammy contributed with 80 and helped the West Indies to their second highest second innings total.

The Windies secured a draw in the first Test in Dunedin when the rains came and avoided a repeat of the heavy two Test defeat on their tour of India. Sammy was satisfied with how his side improved over the second half of the Test.

“We came from India, where we had a miserable Test series,” Sammy said. “We came here, we had two-and-a-half days to prepare in conditions that three quarters of my side have not been in and it showed in the first two innings of the match.

“Winning the toss on a grassy top with a little bit of moisture, I don’t think in the first couple of overs we put any ball in the six-metre line, we were all over the place and hence we were facing 600. Then our turn at the crease, I thought it was all India again.”

Sammy hopes to overcome a flute strain to be part of the team for the second New Zealand Test. 

Kraigg Brathwaite, the opening batsman who had visa difficulties, is expected to arrive in Wellington tomorrow.

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