West Indies v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Bridgetown March 29, 2012

Darren Bravo dropped from T20 squad

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West Indies have released the out-of-form Darren Bravo from the squad for Friday's second Twenty20 in Barbados and called in the Jamaica batsman Danza Hyatt. Bravo has been sent back to domestic cricket in the hope that he can find some form ahead of the three-Test series, and he will play for Trinidad & Tobago this weekend in the Regional Four-Day semi-final.

Bravo has struggled against Australia, with scores of 4, 16, 0, 25 and three in the ODIs, followed by a scratchy 12 in the T20 loss in St Lucia on Tuesday. West Indies are desperate for him to be in peak form for the Test series, as he has been among their top two run scorers in every Test series he has played, and averages 52.50 in the format.

The selectors' decision will force a change at the top of the order for West Indies, who battled to score at a fast enough rate in the early stages of their innings on Tuesday and set Australia a target that proved too small. David Hussey, the Australia batsman, said the switch to Kensington Oval for the second game would create a very different challenge for Australia.

"The conditions [in St Lucia] really suited our game," Hussey told AAP. "We really hit the ground running with the ball, our fast bowlers in Brett Lee and James Pattinson up front really set the tone. We'll get to Barbados, different wicket, different conditions and that might really bring the West Indies back into play."

The hosts will consider including the fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who is in the squad but was not selected for the first game. Edwards possesses the sort of pace that could challenge Australia's batsmen if he finds the right line, and the West Indies vice-captain Dwayne Bravo said the structure of the attack would be considered by the selectors.

"Obviously firepower will definitely help," Bravo told reporters. "You look around anywhere in international cricket, teams that do well at T20 have at least one bowler that bowls at 145-plus."

West Indies were already without the allrounder Andre Russell, who missed the first game due to a minor strain to his right hamstring. Russell has also been ruled out of Friday's T20.

West Indies squad Dwayne Smith, Johnson Charles, Nkrumah Bonner, Danza Hyatt, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Sunil Narine, Fidel Edwards, Krishmar Santokie, Garey Mathurin.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Reuelsean on March 30, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Dropping Narine so that the Aussies won't have a look at him doesn't make any sense. He is an international cricketer so pretty soon everybody has to have a look at him, and if the wi has to hide him, then you are saying that he is not a good bowler, and i believe that way of thinking is an insult to Narine. On the issue dealing with Darren Bravo, he needed to be dropped, he wasn't performing, and he needs to get back into form for the test series, so sending him back to play a four day game was the best choice. Samuels should have been dropped as well, watching him bat this series has been like filling my chair seat with nails and sitting on them.

  • cflook on March 30, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Someone please tell me why hyatt is in the squad ahead of Barath!!!!?????

  • indusfan on March 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Drop Samuels who has not done well and I would give more chances to Darren Bravo.

  • on March 30, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    SOS...W.I. ..selectors needed Bravo,Samuels and Narine should be dropped,in Narines' case...you do not want the Australians haveing to much of a look at him...the other two...for non-performance.

  • on March 30, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    PLEASE WCB INSERT CHRIS GAYLE IF HE IS IN PAKISTAN HE IS OUR HERO

  • sri2001 on March 30, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Whatever the team WI selects, Pollard should bat at No 3.

  • spinkingKK on March 30, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    windies shouldn't give too many practises to the aussies on how to play Narine ahead of the test series.

  • Metman on March 29, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    @Ras10 !Man I agree with you totally !You have taken those words straight out of my mouth !Anybody that knows and follows cricket and have seen Bonner in action ,would have noticed from the biginning that he is more of a 4 day batsman. Also,with the absence of Simmons and now Bravo,.....Barath would have been a better choice than Hyatt.I have also noticed that those in Authority of late have been accomodating TnT for their semi clash with Bdos.......Barath,surprisingly not picked for the T20.,now available to play for TnT in the semi......Bravo picked for both T20s and surprisingly released under the guise of poor form....now available to play for TnT.Finally, why was TnT allowed to host the semi final ,when the 3 W'S Oval was available ? Heard now that the finals date might be changed to accomodate the top players ? Hope that those after thoughts and accomodations don't backfire !

  • Rickb on March 29, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Bravo does better in Test cricket. Its a good move to mental prepare him for the Test matches ahead.

  • on March 29, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I Hope the selectors also send Samuels home to get some form. In fact neither he nor Bravo should play limited overs cricket for now. Samuels has gotten two lucrative T20 contracts (and he is my former school mate so I have nothing against him), but he blows too hot and cold when he is needed. Maybe though we are expecting too much of him. To bowl 10 overs like a main bowler then bat at No. 3 is way too much for him. When he had to rely exclusively on his batting to stay in the side he batted better.

    Re Bravo, his legacy will be in test cricket... though you just feel a big IPL contract is around the corner. And our outdated (by their own admission) WICB will not have the foresight to prevent a conflict of priorities. Bravo needs to focus on making his big scores in the form of the games that does not require him to score at a rate too fast for the finesse and timeliness of his stroke play.

    I now wonder if Steve Waugh played mind games with him, or was paying a genuine compliment

  • Reuelsean on March 30, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Dropping Narine so that the Aussies won't have a look at him doesn't make any sense. He is an international cricketer so pretty soon everybody has to have a look at him, and if the wi has to hide him, then you are saying that he is not a good bowler, and i believe that way of thinking is an insult to Narine. On the issue dealing with Darren Bravo, he needed to be dropped, he wasn't performing, and he needs to get back into form for the test series, so sending him back to play a four day game was the best choice. Samuels should have been dropped as well, watching him bat this series has been like filling my chair seat with nails and sitting on them.

  • cflook on March 30, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Someone please tell me why hyatt is in the squad ahead of Barath!!!!?????

  • indusfan on March 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Drop Samuels who has not done well and I would give more chances to Darren Bravo.

  • on March 30, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    SOS...W.I. ..selectors needed Bravo,Samuels and Narine should be dropped,in Narines' case...you do not want the Australians haveing to much of a look at him...the other two...for non-performance.

  • on March 30, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    PLEASE WCB INSERT CHRIS GAYLE IF HE IS IN PAKISTAN HE IS OUR HERO

  • sri2001 on March 30, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Whatever the team WI selects, Pollard should bat at No 3.

  • spinkingKK on March 30, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    windies shouldn't give too many practises to the aussies on how to play Narine ahead of the test series.

  • Metman on March 29, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    @Ras10 !Man I agree with you totally !You have taken those words straight out of my mouth !Anybody that knows and follows cricket and have seen Bonner in action ,would have noticed from the biginning that he is more of a 4 day batsman. Also,with the absence of Simmons and now Bravo,.....Barath would have been a better choice than Hyatt.I have also noticed that those in Authority of late have been accomodating TnT for their semi clash with Bdos.......Barath,surprisingly not picked for the T20.,now available to play for TnT in the semi......Bravo picked for both T20s and surprisingly released under the guise of poor form....now available to play for TnT.Finally, why was TnT allowed to host the semi final ,when the 3 W'S Oval was available ? Heard now that the finals date might be changed to accomodate the top players ? Hope that those after thoughts and accomodations don't backfire !

  • Rickb on March 29, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Bravo does better in Test cricket. Its a good move to mental prepare him for the Test matches ahead.

  • on March 29, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I Hope the selectors also send Samuels home to get some form. In fact neither he nor Bravo should play limited overs cricket for now. Samuels has gotten two lucrative T20 contracts (and he is my former school mate so I have nothing against him), but he blows too hot and cold when he is needed. Maybe though we are expecting too much of him. To bowl 10 overs like a main bowler then bat at No. 3 is way too much for him. When he had to rely exclusively on his batting to stay in the side he batted better.

    Re Bravo, his legacy will be in test cricket... though you just feel a big IPL contract is around the corner. And our outdated (by their own admission) WICB will not have the foresight to prevent a conflict of priorities. Bravo needs to focus on making his big scores in the form of the games that does not require him to score at a rate too fast for the finesse and timeliness of his stroke play.

    I now wonder if Steve Waugh played mind games with him, or was paying a genuine compliment

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 29, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Excellent move selectors! Now what about Samuels? Maybe for the test but in a T20? Really? Why do you love Samuels so? Is it that he brings experience to the team? Wait, it can't be experience cause you and the board got rid of the other experienced players. So what is it that makes Samuels untouchable?

  • Danish0ali on March 29, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Future hero .....................

  • on March 29, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I'm all for blooding in new faces, but i've never recalled the Selectors bringing in so many debutants in the space of a year. So many wholesale changes is bound to bring the consistancy level up and down. After the disappointment of the World Cup in India last year, it looks as though, the Selectors decided they want to rebuild for the next World Cup down under, by starting again from the drawing board. As it stands, it is very much trial and error, because if they don't settle for a nucleus of players pretty-soon, the individuals won't know whether they're coming or going, with the results showing a sign of a unsettled team. Darren has had a stinker of a series so far and i'm glad that he has the opportunity to go back to Trini and play a few more matches, as well as the IPL games coming, to spend some time in the middle by getting his confidence back and rediscovering his form.

  • on March 29, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Samuels needs to be discarded for good. He's been around the WI set up for 11 years and doesn't look a better player than when he first started in 2001. Its time to move on. Why waste time with him in the odi's in the first place. This team is a good team and Sammy is a good leader; he is a leader of men and he is improving every time both as player and captain.

    Coach Gibson has done the right thing by insisting on committed players,

  • StoneRose on March 29, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Good move, he's a class player, better to play 4 day cricket in preparation for the Tests rather than another Mickey Mouse T20 game

  • Dav1daKing on March 29, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    ppl tend to 4gt that Darren Bravo is contracted to play in the illustrious IPL!!!!! so more than likely he won't b available 4 the test series!!! and really? Danza? Really? and wat abwt da replacement 4 Russell? and also Bonner doesn't seem to me like a 2to player, seem more suited for the longer versions of the game and needs more time playin Domestic cricket anyways!!!

  • bajah on March 29, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    yeah i don't know what marlon samuels is still doing there. @cheeseonastick he was refering to the pitch in st. lucia. I also agree that these selectors are crazy. Darren Bravo should have never played in the 20/20. he is just not suited for that type of game. At least not yet. It doens't suit his playing style.

  • zenboomerang on March 29, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    @CheeseOnAStick :- "The Kensington Oval pitch is the closest to a pitch in Australia in the Caribbean"... Try reading what David Hussey actually said - he makes no comment on the pitches being "Australian like" - just that it wasn't dead & flat like Gros Islet... As for Kensington Oval - is it like Hobart, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney or Melbourne?... As they are all very different from each other... lol... Its a pity that the WI pitchs have deteriated from the 50's-90's bouncy pitchs to todays flat ones - perhaps this has contributed to the lack of good series wins at home like we were used to from the WI's... Roach looks far more dangerous in Oz than in the WI's...

  • simonviller on March 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    I think the selectors are searching for the right combinations from the sea of talent available and we should allow them to so without too much criticism . What if ? Amongst these new guys could come some really good players ; I rember the critism dished out to guys like K.Edwards and Johnson Charles in the beginnig and look how it's working out .[Out of many shall come one ].

  • shawnsundar on March 29, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Chanaderpaul made plenty of runs in BPL at a very good strike rate, but he not even in the ODI or 20/20 squad. Sad.

  • on March 29, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    The WI selectors truely amazes me with their inconsistencies at times although must say this is the first series(ODI)that the West Indies played unchanged for an entire series,trust me,that is unheard of in these parts in recent times.For the test match Deonarine will definately come into the mix since Nash and Sarwan has been ousted by the WICB and not contracted,so country contracts came first,so they will not be considered.However,it is a great move to have Darren Bravo go back to first class cricket to rediscover his form,but why select him for this format in the first place?,these same selectors let you know for example Kirk Edwards is not seen as as ODI and T-20 player,same argument can be used here.Finally,no brain surgeon needed to figure out you MUST play one or two fast bowlers in your line up,far too many medium pacers and so called all rounders played in first t-20 attack,that combination MAY work on subcontinental pitches,come on guys,get your act together.

  • on March 29, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    very good move by the selectors, that t/20 game does not suit him players like bravo need time to build their innings. four day cricket will get him ready for the test series.

  • Meety on March 29, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    @CheeseOnAStick - I agree re: Bonner, his overall stats (excluding the fact he has a FC ton), he looks to me like a useful bowler. He apears to me to be the sort of guy who could be useful at #8 in the batting line up. His overall S/R also suggests he should be considered more as an ODI player! As far as the pitch, I think the Ozzy boys shouldn't think about the pitch until they physically get there. @Ian Ferdinand - I think Samuels bowling in ODIs/T20s is more effective than his batting atm. If he has to play, it should be @#7 or #8!

  • CheeseOnAStick on March 29, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    What the hell is Bonner's role in the team? I must be reading his domestic stats wrong. Batting SR of 90, economy of 8.52 and batted at number 3 in the last match... just what the hell? Also, what is David Hussey talking about? The Kensington Oval pitch is the closest to a pitch in Australia in the Caribbean.

  • paul_21353 on March 29, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Best move by the selectors to release Darren Bravo. hope he picks up sum form fast. I think darren sammy needs to bat at the top of the order. 50-50 chance he clicks with the bat and help his team set a competitive target.

  • Reuelsean on March 29, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Dropping Darren Bravo from the T20 is a good move, i however don't think that adding Danza Hyatt is the solution.

  • KathmanduNepalSandeshLamsal on March 29, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Players who will not perform in 2-3 matches should be changed in any case. All should be given chances. Darren be positive to come back with some consistency.

  • rama_krish on March 29, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    There is no way this squad can test the Aussies - the batting is distressingly weak and the top order is disastrously inexperienced at the international level.

  • on March 29, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    Unfortunately, I have to disagree with the replacement. There are other batsmen in the region in better form than Danza Hyatt - Narsingh Deonarine for instance - that could have been selected. Deonarine brings another asset (his spin bowling) to the table. Truly, I wonder about these selections...why was Darren Bravo selected for the T20s in the first place? he was in miserable form - playing him in a slugfest can't help. I would flex on the ODIs because there can be time to play yourself into form in 50 over matches.

  • tappee74 on March 29, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    What you can see in daylight you do not need a searchlight to look for in the dark.The WICB has done grave injustice to WI cricket.Chanderpaul has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he hasn't lost any of the skills he possesses as a batsman.Why he is not in the team?

  • JesseV on March 29, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    Marlon Samuels should've been sent back to 4 day cricket also

  • on March 29, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Why not drop samuels too neither has produced, there are other players who deserve a chance, the selectors of the windies just don't get.

  • shawnsundar on March 29, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Danza Hyatt again??? WTH? They could of just keep Barath...these selectors are brainless I tell you. I so hope Hyatt proves me wrong.

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 29, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    I just dont get this line-up! A well deserved drop for Darren Bravo but seriously, is there no body in the WI to play at this level? Come on guys!

  • on March 29, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Excellent decision, I think Darren Bravo is more valuable to the team as a Test batsman. Therefore, we need him in form for the Test matches. I think where batsmen possess the type of natural grace and talent which he has it should be honed properly...the limited overs exposure will come in time - maybe a few of these youngsters need to take a closer look at Mahela Jayawardene (when you have such abilities you need to utilise it effectively). Likewise the associated boards and selectors need to manage these talents correctly.

  • on March 29, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    darren should have gone with kieron powell and marlon is not in form also .he should go too

  • on March 29, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    I would hate to have to select the final 11. If you read most of the comments, everyone seems to have a different selection. I hope that it all clicks on Friday

  • NCassie on March 29, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Good move by the selectors, I hope Darren comes back for the test series with a positive attitude and more runs. As for Baugh I hope that the selectors bring back Ramdin for the test series as Baugh has not been among the runs in all his innings for far this series. Test Squad should be; Rampaul, Roach, Tino, Fidel, Sammy (c), Ramdin (v/c), Barath, Darren, Kirk, Russel, Bishoo, Bonner and Charles. I am sure the the following will be going to play in the IPL; King Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Samuels, and Narine. Best of luck guys!

  • on March 29, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    This team will suffer the same defeat as the last game, The selectors don't care.

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  • on March 29, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    This team will suffer the same defeat as the last game, The selectors don't care.

  • NCassie on March 29, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Good move by the selectors, I hope Darren comes back for the test series with a positive attitude and more runs. As for Baugh I hope that the selectors bring back Ramdin for the test series as Baugh has not been among the runs in all his innings for far this series. Test Squad should be; Rampaul, Roach, Tino, Fidel, Sammy (c), Ramdin (v/c), Barath, Darren, Kirk, Russel, Bishoo, Bonner and Charles. I am sure the the following will be going to play in the IPL; King Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Samuels, and Narine. Best of luck guys!

  • on March 29, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    I would hate to have to select the final 11. If you read most of the comments, everyone seems to have a different selection. I hope that it all clicks on Friday

  • on March 29, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    darren should have gone with kieron powell and marlon is not in form also .he should go too

  • on March 29, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Excellent decision, I think Darren Bravo is more valuable to the team as a Test batsman. Therefore, we need him in form for the Test matches. I think where batsmen possess the type of natural grace and talent which he has it should be honed properly...the limited overs exposure will come in time - maybe a few of these youngsters need to take a closer look at Mahela Jayawardene (when you have such abilities you need to utilise it effectively). Likewise the associated boards and selectors need to manage these talents correctly.

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 29, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    I just dont get this line-up! A well deserved drop for Darren Bravo but seriously, is there no body in the WI to play at this level? Come on guys!

  • shawnsundar on March 29, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Danza Hyatt again??? WTH? They could of just keep Barath...these selectors are brainless I tell you. I so hope Hyatt proves me wrong.

  • on March 29, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Why not drop samuels too neither has produced, there are other players who deserve a chance, the selectors of the windies just don't get.

  • JesseV on March 29, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    Marlon Samuels should've been sent back to 4 day cricket also

  • tappee74 on March 29, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    What you can see in daylight you do not need a searchlight to look for in the dark.The WICB has done grave injustice to WI cricket.Chanderpaul has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he hasn't lost any of the skills he possesses as a batsman.Why he is not in the team?