Bravo set and ready to face Black Caps

Kingston, Jamaica — Dwayne Bravo’s bright, big smile has returned. The West Indies Vice Captain said on Tuesday he is enjoying his time on the international stage and backed the home side to get the better of New Zealand in the upcoming Digicel One-Day International Series.


Bravo is known worldwide for his energy, enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude. The 28-year-old dismissed talk the Windies are “favourites” to smash the Black Caps, but indicated his team-mates are quietly confident as they seek a series win on home soil.


“I 217;m enjoying my cricket and I’m enjoying the company of everyone around me. Since I took the break and came back you can see a huge difference in my performances. I am relaxed and happy. I understand my role on the team. I’m doing what I always wanted to do, that is play good cricket and win matches for the West Indies. I am reaping the rewards of the hard work,” Bravo said.


The effervescent all-rounder was on the ball last Sunday with a stunning 35 not out off 11 balls – including four massive sixes – as the West Indies won the Digicel T20 Series at Central Regional Broward Park in south Florida.


“In the ODI series against Australia earlier this year we did well playing at home. We played some good cricket and fought hard for the wins we got. We went to England where the conditions were different and we weren’t on the ball. It was a difficult series for us,” the Windies Number 47 said.


“We bounced back with two wins last weekend against New Zealand so hopefully, now we are back home, we can expect a very good start to the series and kick on from there. We are looking forward to this series ahead of us.


”We don’t mind if we win by one run or 100 runs, the most important thing is that we go out and have a good series and win. We won the T20s and that was good for us. The support was great in Florida and we will be looking for more support from the people of the Caribbean during the rest of the matches in this series.”


The Digicel ODI Series against New Zealand starts at Sabina Park on Thursday. First ball is 9.30 am (10.30 am Eastern Caribbean Time). Bravo is ready for what the visitors have to offer.


“I don’t think we are favourites. New Zealand have a good team. The two sides are ranked one away from each other so we can anticipate a good series. We won’t take any team lightly. We have to concentrate on what we have to do as a team and also what we have to do to improve and move up on a team,” Bravo said.


FULL SQUAD: Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo (Vice Captain), Tino Best, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (Wiket-keeper), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 17:30