England v West Indies, 2nd ODI, The Oval June 18, 2012

Injury forces Darren Bravo home


Darren Bravo, the West Indies' batsman, has returned home following the groin strain which he picked up during the first one-day international. Meanwhile, there remain doubts over the fitness of Chris Gayle, who was sent for a scan on his leg injury although was later said to be available for selection, while Andre Russell also missed training at The Oval.

Gayle had picked up a stress reaction in the tibia bone of his left leg during the warm-up match last Wednesday against Middlesex at Lord's, while Russell injured his left shoulder in the defeat at West End on Saturday.

It is understood that in Gayle's case, the West Indies physio CJ Clark just wanted a scan to allay any further fears and the batsman is expected to take field on Tuesday, but the situation could change if the scans reveal anything untoward. In the absence of Bravo, West Indies will hope Gayle returns strengthen the top order following the heavy 114-run defeat in the opening match.

With the updated ICC regulations not allowing a runner, Bravo walked in at No. 9 in the first ODI and could barely run as he managed 8 towards the end of the match. He was the second West Indies player to pick an injury during the game as Russell later slipped while turning for a second run early in his innings. Russell had already had a forgetful day going wicketless in his six expensive overs which went for 43 runs.

During the Test series Shannon Gabriel (back) and Kemar Roach (shin) were forced out of the tour.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Poor guy. I hope he gets fit and gets back to his best...a really good emerging player.

  • Jason on June 19, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Its a shame for the Windies that they've lost the services of Darren Bravo, hope hes fit for the NZ series.....@Green_and_Gold, its most likely a combination of the two, some players are more suseptable to injury, but fitness and correct warm up routines should minimise the chance of them getting injured. England has been through a phase where first choice bowlers would regularly get ingured (Gough Shins, Caddick Back, Flintoff Ankles) and Australia are going through this with some of thier younger bowlers (Cummins, Patterson, Etc), it may be that they strive too hard for speed rather than being 5 mph slower and not risking the chance of injury, just a s McGrath did early in his career.

  • Justin on June 19, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    A lot of people seem to be questioning the fitness of players. Could it be that the fitter and stronger players are the quicker and more explosive they are which leads to more strains and tears? On the one side they are more dynamic in the field (and we want to see that) but the down side is that players break down. Im not an expert so its just my theory.

  • Hildreth on June 19, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    The West- Indies team is in need of a FITNESS TRAINING CONSULTANT to keep players in good physical shape. Someone like Dennis WAITE who kept the members of that great Windies team of the 80's and 90's super fit. Without most of these guys being in top PHYSICAL SHAPE there is no way they could have dominated world cricket for over 15 years. The key to that success was the work of Mr.Waite and his fitness/conditioning programme. Also where is the batting coach DESMOND HAYNES ? Is he on tour in England ? If not , why not ?? Haynes did a fantastic job with the guys especially in India where Windies got 2 huge scores on slow turning pitches. WICB must beef up and sustain a fully staffed SUPPORT TEAM including bowling/batting coaches, fitness/conditioning expert and team psychologist/ motivational expert in order to obtain meaningful progress on the world stage. Otherwise we just SPINNING TOP IN MUD !!

  • Anver on June 19, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Favorites WI suddenly hit by the injury issues !!!! hope they will compete well in 2nd ODI & make the series interesting !!!!!

  • John on June 19, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    @SIRSOBERS on (June 18 2012, 15:33 PM GMT), you've made some sensible comments lately but to call the umpires irresponsible is just plain silly. On the one hand people are criticising the umpires for going off during the last Test and then you criticise them for staying on here. I know that bad light and rain aren't quite the same thing but the fact is that everyone wants the players on the field as much as possible. The problem with going off for rain is that the rule states that it must stop completely before they come back on, so the umpires were hoping it would ease up and they wouldn't have to go off at all. England batted through rain against India last year and noone called the umpires irresponsible then.The fact that Russell slipped is not their fault either. Are they to wait until every drop of moisture is removed from the field? Maybe Russell should have changed his shoes for some longer spikes when it started raining. Get off the umpires' case.

  • Dummy4 on June 18, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    It is a pity that WI players get injured. Many of them are very exciting and talented. They should have an injury management coach or a workload management consultant.

  • Roland on June 18, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    Gibson and his fitness program seem to be resulting in more injured players than I can remember over the past 20 years. Begs the question if he knows what he is doing

  • Kenn on June 18, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Way to go coach Gibson fitness and half the side injured. It's not a body wieght team you have it's a criket team focus on batting bowling and fielding.

  • Nabil on June 18, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    for a coach (Gibson) that places so much emphasis on fitness, etc...he sure does have alot of injured players, some of the same injuries here, gayle played with in the IPL and scored 100s

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