West Indies v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Bridgetown

Darren Bravo dropped from T20 squad

Brydon Coverdale

March 29, 2012

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Darren Bravo is bowled via an inside edge by Xavier Doherty, West Indies v Australia, 2nd ODI, St Vincent, March 18, 2012
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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.

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Posted by 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.

Posted by cflook on (March 30, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

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

Posted by indusfan on (March 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

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

Posted by sri2001 on (March 30, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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 !

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

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