New Zealand v West Indies, 5th ODI, Hamilton January 8, 2014

Bravo pleased replacements causing 'competition' in squad

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Dwayne Bravo is happy to have "competition" in the squad, after a couple of his team's replacement batsmen came good to square the ODI series against New Zealand in Hamilton.

West Indies handed New Zealand their second-biggest ODI defeat - in terms of runs - after their batsmen lifted them to a whopping 363 for 4. Kieran Powell, opening in place of the injured Chris Gayle, slammed 73 off 44 balls, before Kirk Edwards - who also came into the XI after a spate of injuries - hit his maiden ODI ton. Captain Bravo then built on the platform, also getting to a century. In reply, New Zealand were shot out for 160, 204 runs short of their target.

"[The openers Johnson] Charles and Powell were going through a tough time, but it was important me and the coach backed them," Bravo said. "They have done great things for us in the past, and the way Powell started put pressure on New Zealand straightaway. Then Edwards came in at No. 3, under pressure, and took the opportunity by getting a maiden century.

"I can't single out anyone, it was a great team effort. We always want this competition. The coach says that we should make more options available. This will put us in a great position."

Ottis Gibson, the coach, had expressed disappointment in the replacement players in the lead-up to this match, saying that they had failed to grab the opportunities in the absence of the injured first-choice men and that was the reason West Indies found themselves 2-1 down after winning the first game of the series.

Apart from his hundred, Bravo also had a good outing with the ball. Ravi Rampaul, who had missed the previous game with a finger injury, was left out in this game to beef up the batting, Bravo said. As a result he opened the bowling with Jason Holder.

"It was a decision by the management team. Unfortunately Rampaul missed out in order to strengthen the batting, we wanted to make sure we had a strong batting unit. Then [Andre] Russell just came up and said I should take the new ball."

Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, said the result was a "step backwards" for his team. "The West Indies boys came out today and put on a splendid performance. Maybe we should have batted first? We are comfortable to bowl first, but 360 is a mammoth total [to chase].

"We are going alright as a one-day unit, but today was a step backwards. We have a huge series coming up against India. We had put in some good performances in this series. We are getting there as a one-day unit, and we are seeing an emergence of new talent. Anderson in Queenstown was sublime, and then the bowlers have chipped in as well."

The two teams will now face-off in a two-match Twenty20 series, beginning on January 11 in Auckland.

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  • Android on January 9, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Gayle Charls Edwards Samules Bravo Jr. Bravo Sr.(Captain) pollard Rusell Narine Holder Rampall D.Smith R.Sarwan Roch D.Sammy simmons This is should be world Cup team for West indies

  • Orlando on January 9, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Totally agree with comments by Frayninho21. Regarding ODIs I think they will have to make a decision on the future of Charles. If he is a decent keeper then he should keep wicket and bat at 7 as he is a more attacking option than Ramdin in those big hitting overs. If he is intended as a batsman, then they will have to look again as he is either out of form or have been found out by good bowlers. At any rate he is NOT an opening batsman. Add to that core of 15 (minus Ramdin or Charles) Carter and Dwayne Smith. Smith is at least as talented as Pollard and should be given one more extended chance. If Dwayne Bravo's good form continues against England then he should be back in the test side and as captain (alternative captain is Ramdin).

  • Mark on January 8, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Typical West Indies....just when you think they are at their lowest ebb they go out and score their highest ever ODI total with a half-strength team !! The main positives have been a major upturn in form for Dwayne Bravo (with bat and ball), a decent showing from Nikita Miller and a fine 100 for Kirk Edwards. Edwards is someone who looks like a proper international cricketer and I now expect him to become a fixture in the ODI & Test teams. It was also nice to see a belated return to form from Kieron Powell as well and Jason Holder is a serious prospect for the future. Looking forwards, an ODI team of Powell, Gayle, Edwards, DM Bravo, Simmons, DJ Bravo, Ramdin, Holder, Miller, Rampaul, Narine (Charles, Pollard, Russell, Roach, Samuels as back-up) could challenge at the WC2015.

  • Amos on January 8, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    good show Windies that was great cricket the kind we Used to know. we criticize you when you let us down Now accept our praise and support Keep up the good work in the T 20 series Go Windies Go.

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