Thumbs up for Bravo on debut win
Trinidad Express article.
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Former West Indies cricketers Tony Gray and Bryan Davis have both praised newly-appointed West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo after the regional team’s two-wicket win over Pakistan in their opening ICC Champions Trophy match in England yesterday.
Ex-Windies pacer Gray was pleased with the regional side’s win against tough opposition in the opening match of their campaign, but wants to see improvement in their batting.
“I thought we did a very good job in winning the game first of all,” Gray told the Express yesterday. “Bravo was excellent in his captaincy. To bowl out Pakistan, who have some very talented and experienced players on their side, for 170 was a very good effort from them.”
“I expected the first game to be close, because it is a process that needs to happen to get used to the conditions, and to get used to a lot of the bowlers who did not play in the Indian Premier League.
“Both sides could be volatile. Pakistan cricket and West Indies (are) a reflection of one another. When you look back at the past you will see that when Pakistan was at its strongest, West Indies was at its strongest.
“Winning the first game was important, and hopefully our batsmen can improve on their run-scoring ability as the tournament goes on.”
Davis agreed that “it was a good victory” and hailed the squad for their “fightback” after a middle order slide.
“The wicket was lively and the Pakistan bowlers were quite good and accurate. It was not easy picking. Having made 170, I thought we would have been able to make to make it without any problems, but I did not know the Pakistan new ball bowlers,” he said.
“Pakistan and West Indies are the two most unpredictable teams in international cricket so to get through this one is a big fillip for us, because you are going into South Africa and India now,” Davis added.
Davis described Bravo’s captaincy on the day as a “fine performance”.
“The wicket was a balanced wicket,” he explained. “It helped the bowlers, and I know all the wickets will not be like that, but I see we have a bowling attack that can suit every purpose.
“I don’t see any need for change. I don’t see the need to bring in (Tino) Best or (Darren) Sammy. It was a well balanced team,” Davis concluded.