West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 December 27, 2013

Bowling gives us the edge - Dwayne Bravo

Renaldo Matadeen
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Dwayne Bravo, West Indies' ODI captain, believes his bowling attack will give his team the definitive edge in the five-match ODI series against New Zealand. Following a tense two-wicket win to lead the series 1-0 at Eden Park, Bravo heaped praise on his new-ball attack of Ravi Rampaul and Jason Holder.

"There's a confidence in the bowlers and it showed. They put the pressure on the Kiwis and helped our fresh faces integrate into the lineup," Bravo said. "I've had honest and open chats with them and as the frontline, it's important to discuss our brand of bowling and the attitude out there. This is what I'd like to see as a leader. Our bowling from Ravi and Jason was tight and precise and factoring in Sunil Narine, this gives us an advantage."

Bravo himself picked up 4 for 44 while his opening bowlers took two apiece. He indicated that their bowling was something he felt they underplayed in the recent Test display as well as the visit to India.

"Over the past few years, we've always had strength in bowling and we must play to this. We made sure to execute our game plans with the ball against New Zealand and I, myself, had to improve after coming into question as a death bowler this year," he said. "So we all knew we had to step it up. Our bowling and fielding were spot on and we still have to note that there's room to improve with the bat. The pitch wasn't the best to bat on but it was a good one to deliver to."

While Darren Sammy (43*) and Lendl Simmons (34) shone with the bat, the captain reiterated that his bowling attack was one that could easily adapt and interchange among the various pitches in New Zealand. He added that while their batsmen may have a more testing time acclimatizing, his bowlers were quicker geared to adjust to different situations.

"With our bowling display so far and our net sessions, I can see they're (bowlers) all relaxed and definitely, after yesterday, the morale is high. I will look to carry on my momentum also but as long as our bowlers keep at it like we did in the first ODI, we'll stand a great chance of taking the series," he concluded.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • Selfconfident on December 31, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    Would this current set of selectors keep their job, after this farce: Failure to play Narine against a team(NZ), which he has been very successful in his very short test career; failure to pick an informed A team player, ahead of Gabriel (What did he do to deserve a pick? He looked so out of form in every aspect of the local cricket, and yet he was selected?); Tino Best who cannot even hold a line( even if he was given a fishing line to hold), why was he in NZ? What about Holder or Beaton from Guyana? I am sure that they could not do no worst that Gabriel and Best: It so obvious, that our highly respected and intelligent and observant selectors could not see. Oops I forgot, with very poor mediocre test results.

    Are we going to wait until we are in the minnows, with Kenya, Canada and the like, before we make the right selection decisions?

    I am crying out for the WI Cricket Board to do the right thing.

    Put the hurting cricket fans first, and make all other criteria secondary.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 29, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    I thing West Indies board have a hard time picking players, cause there is so many different board within WI, every board wants players from their's to play. After the inter WI games are played, they pick there best performers, with there best performers from previous WI games. Most players who comes in new in the team, does don't make it in the international level, as they would in WI inter games! What I think the board should do! Is to examine each player performance, there good and bad, who could bat spin and who could bat swing, and who could bowl good in what conditions, then pick a team according to that series! I think Narine, Dwaye Smith and those players who plays in India would of made a difference in the Indian series, I think the WI board need some good advise

  • Rally_Windies on December 28, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    @Wilfred Sucess...

    I understand the frustration with Doenarine ....

    He is easily the 2nd Best test bowler after Roach ....

    so

    (1) Why he only gets between 5-10 overs per innings per test (2) Why is he in the ODI team with 7 bowlers ? I mean Sammy's bowling in the 1st ODI was atrocious . Deonarine sits idly by as the # 6 allrounder and the captains don't use him !

  • adkum on December 28, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Seems like confusion in the ranks. Sounds like is there an elephant in the room. Let's see how the rest of the matches go before drawing any serious conclusions.

  • on December 28, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    i simply think bravo is trying to show up his ambition. and he may only succeed in causing dissention among the ranks with his small talk

  • asiba on December 28, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Bravo captain of Test Side ? I don't think so. Test cricket is on the way OUT !!! The last flicker of hope is the Ashes and that will soon burn to ashes -ha ha ha

  • on December 27, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Why was Dwayne Bravo made captain? He is a T20 entertainer (inconsistet like Chris Gayle) and has shown little improvement over the years, although promising so much at the beginning of his career. Sammy has shown that he is a warrior and has the mindset to win. The captaincy should revert to him.

  • on December 27, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    Thanks James, NZ have beaten Wi, thank the WI selectors for making some of the worse selections, but please don't gloat too much, remember it is NZ you are talking about, not some world beaters. Wi are still the only team in the history of sports that went unbeaten for 15 years.

  • on December 27, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    I don't think that Bravo should be the captain of any of the teams, as I don't see his place in any of the teams as secure. As there are no other keepers on the horizon for the next couple of years, make Ramdin the captain, Shiv doesn't want it, and other the Darren and Narine, I see no one else as a fixture.

  • on December 27, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Why all this whining? Why is everyone blaming the selectors, the coach and the administration and not the players? The fact of the matter is that the cupboard is bare. What you see is what you have. Everyone that can hold a bat and can bowl a ball has been tried. West Indian players are some of the highest paid but the results are not compatible with their earning. Lloyd, Richard, Garner etc, has all had their hands at administration. Its the same old song. You people just clamoring for players from your territory. You only criticise the players from other territories and and the fans from the other territories criticise players from your territory. What you have is cricketing mercenaries. If someone were to put 20 million on the line like what Sanford did, you will see a different West Indies team.

  • Selfconfident on December 31, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    Would this current set of selectors keep their job, after this farce: Failure to play Narine against a team(NZ), which he has been very successful in his very short test career; failure to pick an informed A team player, ahead of Gabriel (What did he do to deserve a pick? He looked so out of form in every aspect of the local cricket, and yet he was selected?); Tino Best who cannot even hold a line( even if he was given a fishing line to hold), why was he in NZ? What about Holder or Beaton from Guyana? I am sure that they could not do no worst that Gabriel and Best: It so obvious, that our highly respected and intelligent and observant selectors could not see. Oops I forgot, with very poor mediocre test results.

    Are we going to wait until we are in the minnows, with Kenya, Canada and the like, before we make the right selection decisions?

    I am crying out for the WI Cricket Board to do the right thing.

    Put the hurting cricket fans first, and make all other criteria secondary.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 29, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    I thing West Indies board have a hard time picking players, cause there is so many different board within WI, every board wants players from their's to play. After the inter WI games are played, they pick there best performers, with there best performers from previous WI games. Most players who comes in new in the team, does don't make it in the international level, as they would in WI inter games! What I think the board should do! Is to examine each player performance, there good and bad, who could bat spin and who could bat swing, and who could bowl good in what conditions, then pick a team according to that series! I think Narine, Dwaye Smith and those players who plays in India would of made a difference in the Indian series, I think the WI board need some good advise

  • Rally_Windies on December 28, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    @Wilfred Sucess...

    I understand the frustration with Doenarine ....

    He is easily the 2nd Best test bowler after Roach ....

    so

    (1) Why he only gets between 5-10 overs per innings per test (2) Why is he in the ODI team with 7 bowlers ? I mean Sammy's bowling in the 1st ODI was atrocious . Deonarine sits idly by as the # 6 allrounder and the captains don't use him !

  • adkum on December 28, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Seems like confusion in the ranks. Sounds like is there an elephant in the room. Let's see how the rest of the matches go before drawing any serious conclusions.

  • on December 28, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    i simply think bravo is trying to show up his ambition. and he may only succeed in causing dissention among the ranks with his small talk

  • asiba on December 28, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Bravo captain of Test Side ? I don't think so. Test cricket is on the way OUT !!! The last flicker of hope is the Ashes and that will soon burn to ashes -ha ha ha

  • on December 27, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Why was Dwayne Bravo made captain? He is a T20 entertainer (inconsistet like Chris Gayle) and has shown little improvement over the years, although promising so much at the beginning of his career. Sammy has shown that he is a warrior and has the mindset to win. The captaincy should revert to him.

  • on December 27, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    Thanks James, NZ have beaten Wi, thank the WI selectors for making some of the worse selections, but please don't gloat too much, remember it is NZ you are talking about, not some world beaters. Wi are still the only team in the history of sports that went unbeaten for 15 years.

  • on December 27, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    I don't think that Bravo should be the captain of any of the teams, as I don't see his place in any of the teams as secure. As there are no other keepers on the horizon for the next couple of years, make Ramdin the captain, Shiv doesn't want it, and other the Darren and Narine, I see no one else as a fixture.

  • on December 27, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Why all this whining? Why is everyone blaming the selectors, the coach and the administration and not the players? The fact of the matter is that the cupboard is bare. What you see is what you have. Everyone that can hold a bat and can bowl a ball has been tried. West Indian players are some of the highest paid but the results are not compatible with their earning. Lloyd, Richard, Garner etc, has all had their hands at administration. Its the same old song. You people just clamoring for players from your territory. You only criticise the players from other territories and and the fans from the other territories criticise players from your territory. What you have is cricketing mercenaries. If someone were to put 20 million on the line like what Sanford did, you will see a different West Indies team.

  • on December 27, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    wat you all think should happen , Bravo Captian - Test Team, Sammy Captain - T20 and ODI's

  • on December 27, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    I agree with brutanalyst, that should be the team lineup, and for the chadwick comment , common man!! in front of ramdin. never. he may score 10 runs more and drop six catches or he may be bamboozeled by narine, Charles i agree with and increase our bowling attack. Cottrell should bowl . He can swing the new ball at pace and gives variety. Bravo you o boi. Sammy has done his part and we need to see that, and stop living in the past. Move with the timis. Our selectors are the first to go. Simply because TINO BEST and Gabriel played iin front off Rampaul.

  • on December 27, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Why is the West Indian selectors persisting with Deonarine? He is simply not good enough because of his inability to bat in keeping to the demands of the game. Gives way to his whims too often. It is a plain shame hat the people who are tasked to select a representative West Indian team do not seem to pick players according to their caliber. They make the coffers look bare in the Caribbean. Indeed, Bravo talks too much. Greater emphasis should be placed on preparing a team to meet the rigors of the international calendar than to just win one match in a series. Come on, my fellow West Indians, AMBITION is made of STERNER stuff. Strive to do better. Aim Higher!

  • on December 27, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    The problem with the Windies team lies in the selection. What is Deonarine's purpose in the team. Powell had an excellent tour of Sri Lanka, followed by an injury, since then his contribution in any match has been negligible.If Sammy is to be stripped of a captaincy, why one-dayers, why not test. Why is Bravo captain of West Indies, but not a good enough captain for T&T. Tino Best with his flaws will never be any more consistent. It is amazing Gabriel has made it beyond under 13 and not shown how the ball should be held and delivered. Change the selectors, dump their strategy, and the results will improve.

  • rayinto on December 27, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    I agree that Sammy not Bravo should be leading the 1 day side. Bravo should concentrate on his specialty - 20/20. He talks and thinks line a flash in the pan. He should not even be in the one day side ahead od Andre Russell or Pollard. Captain by default, he should show leadership by performing and zip his mouth!

  • rayinto on December 27, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Bravo shows his immaturity again by talking too much. If you want to make a statement, then perform. Thats what all great players do. The guy has a streak of 1 game and behaves like he just won the series!

  • on December 27, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    We all know that winning always gives us something to feel good about. It is only one game so far but as Bravo stated the team is showing a sense of unity. That was surely lacking and it is clear why that was so. I don't see a problem with the present team.We see a different Sammy not being at the helm.He is a good fellow TROUBLE IS HE CANT BUCK THE OLD. If he could only shake that off..look out

  • on December 27, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Bravo as usual needs reduce this premature talking and concentrate on the team weaknesses - batting for example. It's only one game. I am still a very frustrated Windies fan who wants to see consistency and plan execution and not a flash in the pan. I still think that Sammy should be captain of ODI and T20s not Bravo. Go Windies!

  • lyl67 on December 27, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    After one win in the one dayers the comment from Bravo is a little over the top. let us wait and see how the team fair in the other matches, the weakness in both batting and bowling is still there and the selectors has been making a big mess in team selection recently.

  • on December 27, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    enjoy your solitary win - it will be the only one you have - remember where you read it first. NZ lost on purpose to give your down and out team a boost after the hiding they got in the tests. Thankyou.

  • on December 27, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Its time Chadwick get a knock he cant be worst than what i seen all tour which is pretty pathetic. I wouldn't bring miller in just yet only in a case if the pitch is turning. Seem as Marlon is not playing give another seam bowler a chance my choice will be cotrell as he went through the tour and yet to receive a bowl. Another bat is not necessarily needed. 3 decent seam bowler and narine should knock NZ over. This formula works bowlers win you match and that's the game WI founded on Bravo if you want to be successful look at formulas of old and go use them give yourself wicket taken option, win the game in the field not at the crease. The aim is to get the opponent out for as low as possible and a line up with bat heavy will not win you game. Ensure you let the bats know that they job is to score runs adopt the mentality of VIV if they cant score drop them from the team be firm focus and unforgiving. VIV did and gain success adopt it and you will also gain success

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 27, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    It was great to see a hostile energetic bowling/ fielding performance we haven't seen from W.I for years and the first time I've seen Holder get aggressive. I still think they're a bowler short. I'd like to see another specialist bowler not 2 all-rounders, when Roach comes back the attack really looks good and in short term especially v NZ I'd play Miller. For me Miller should replace Deoanrine and I think Kirk Edwrads should open as he looks the most solid batsman here 1.Edwards 2.Charles/Powell 3.bRAVO 4.Simmons5.Dj Bravo 6.Ramdin 7.Sammy 8.Holder 9.Miller 10.Rampaul 11.Narine

  • anver777 on December 27, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    A solid performances by WI bowlers !!! but as Bravo said has to do something special by the batters in the coming matches....

  • Roysingh1972 on December 27, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    This is what we all want to see! As fans all over the world, we want to see West Indies play good cricket, the dancing, the crazy fans, jumping and waving. When the cricket is good, we all smile and rejoice, when it is bad, don't expect no bashing.

    Good bowling from Bravo, Rampaul, Narine and Holder, and good batting from Sammy and Simmons, catches win matches, and good fielding too. The batting need foundation, Powell and Charles need to better the opening, Deoenarine must better his game, Ramdin should move up in the lineup and the captain should bat after Sammy.

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  • Roysingh1972 on December 27, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    This is what we all want to see! As fans all over the world, we want to see West Indies play good cricket, the dancing, the crazy fans, jumping and waving. When the cricket is good, we all smile and rejoice, when it is bad, don't expect no bashing.

    Good bowling from Bravo, Rampaul, Narine and Holder, and good batting from Sammy and Simmons, catches win matches, and good fielding too. The batting need foundation, Powell and Charles need to better the opening, Deoenarine must better his game, Ramdin should move up in the lineup and the captain should bat after Sammy.

  • anver777 on December 27, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    A solid performances by WI bowlers !!! but as Bravo said has to do something special by the batters in the coming matches....

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 27, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    It was great to see a hostile energetic bowling/ fielding performance we haven't seen from W.I for years and the first time I've seen Holder get aggressive. I still think they're a bowler short. I'd like to see another specialist bowler not 2 all-rounders, when Roach comes back the attack really looks good and in short term especially v NZ I'd play Miller. For me Miller should replace Deoanrine and I think Kirk Edwrads should open as he looks the most solid batsman here 1.Edwards 2.Charles/Powell 3.bRAVO 4.Simmons5.Dj Bravo 6.Ramdin 7.Sammy 8.Holder 9.Miller 10.Rampaul 11.Narine

  • on December 27, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Its time Chadwick get a knock he cant be worst than what i seen all tour which is pretty pathetic. I wouldn't bring miller in just yet only in a case if the pitch is turning. Seem as Marlon is not playing give another seam bowler a chance my choice will be cotrell as he went through the tour and yet to receive a bowl. Another bat is not necessarily needed. 3 decent seam bowler and narine should knock NZ over. This formula works bowlers win you match and that's the game WI founded on Bravo if you want to be successful look at formulas of old and go use them give yourself wicket taken option, win the game in the field not at the crease. The aim is to get the opponent out for as low as possible and a line up with bat heavy will not win you game. Ensure you let the bats know that they job is to score runs adopt the mentality of VIV if they cant score drop them from the team be firm focus and unforgiving. VIV did and gain success adopt it and you will also gain success

  • on December 27, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    enjoy your solitary win - it will be the only one you have - remember where you read it first. NZ lost on purpose to give your down and out team a boost after the hiding they got in the tests. Thankyou.

  • lyl67 on December 27, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    After one win in the one dayers the comment from Bravo is a little over the top. let us wait and see how the team fair in the other matches, the weakness in both batting and bowling is still there and the selectors has been making a big mess in team selection recently.

  • on December 27, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Bravo as usual needs reduce this premature talking and concentrate on the team weaknesses - batting for example. It's only one game. I am still a very frustrated Windies fan who wants to see consistency and plan execution and not a flash in the pan. I still think that Sammy should be captain of ODI and T20s not Bravo. Go Windies!

  • on December 27, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    We all know that winning always gives us something to feel good about. It is only one game so far but as Bravo stated the team is showing a sense of unity. That was surely lacking and it is clear why that was so. I don't see a problem with the present team.We see a different Sammy not being at the helm.He is a good fellow TROUBLE IS HE CANT BUCK THE OLD. If he could only shake that off..look out

  • rayinto on December 27, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Bravo shows his immaturity again by talking too much. If you want to make a statement, then perform. Thats what all great players do. The guy has a streak of 1 game and behaves like he just won the series!

  • rayinto on December 27, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    I agree that Sammy not Bravo should be leading the 1 day side. Bravo should concentrate on his specialty - 20/20. He talks and thinks line a flash in the pan. He should not even be in the one day side ahead od Andre Russell or Pollard. Captain by default, he should show leadership by performing and zip his mouth!