West Indies v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, St Kitts August 24, 2014

'We're building towards the World Cup' - Bravo


West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has already shifted focus to the 2015 World Cup after having the ODI series against Bangladesh in the bag with a match to spare. They have been ruthless at beating the visitors so far, crushing them by 177 runs in the previous game.

Before the World Cup next year, West Indies have two more five-match ODI series against India and South Africa but Bravo is urging his team to start looking forward with him from now.

"We just want to focus on one game at a time," Bravo said. "We won the series but we want to improve on our last performance and improve as a team. If we win the next game, it is a whitewash but that is not the only reason we are playing tomorrow.

"We are building towards the 2015 World Cup so we are trying to play as much cricket as a group and win as many games as possible. We want to be the best ODI team as we can be. We will keep encouraging the guys to achieve greatness."

The home side have added Andre Russell as the 14th member of the ODI squad, on the back of his impressive all-round performance in the CPL where he batted ten innings at a 200-plus strike-rate with two fifties. He also took 11 wickets at a 22.81 bowling average.

"It is a decision by the selectors to add Andre Russell in the squad," Bravo said. "We all know his all-round abilities and I personally feel he is one of the best allrounders in the region.

"I am always happy to have someone like Andre among the squad. It is good, gives us a lot of competition as well in the unit. His off-the-field attitude is good as well. Guys know they have to perform to stay in the team. Happy to see him around and the best XI will play tomorrow."

Bravo himself has had a lean time with the bat, scoring just 5 and 6 in the two matches. His bowling has been good, taking a four-wicket haul in the first game.

He said that the wicket at Warner Park, despite a reputation of being a batting paradise, could be weary after the CPL.

"Having played there in the CPL, I think the wicket might be a bit tired now," he said. "But at the same time, it is always a good cricket wicket here."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • ESPN on August 25, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    This team along with a couple promising players (ie Lewis, Beaton, Pooran , Jordan ) can be molded towards a WC run .and Holder is a bowler guys , let him develop , do we see MJ, Siddle touted as all rounders ? Their job is to bowl, if they can hold a bat that is great but they are picked to get wickets !!

  • Android on August 25, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    sarwan need to be in the world cup squad

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Guys Chanders is in the twilight of his career. Younger batsmen need to be played to the experience needed. Remember he started playing at 19 or somewhere there. I really can't see why we keep pushing players based on past glories. We waitd to long to blood new players during the Walsh/Ambrose era and when both stepped down we had major issues. Gayle wont be there forever and we must star thinking the future. This must Gayles last World Cup and Dwayne Bravo as well. We must make way for the young players. Sink or swim they must come into the fold and right now is the best time. This present team can't win the World Cup but give the players the exposure and think about the next 2 cups. Even in the T20s, we must looking past Gayle, Pollard etc. Why people keep talking about even Sarwan is beyond me. Get a grip, he is not even doing well in England. Stop trying build from the top and look to the future. Sink or swim.

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    I have the uttermost respect for Chanders but I don't believe he has any place in the ODI squad, I am not saying he is not capable but he has slow down considerably in his batting and fielding. I believe he is a good stabilizer not a match winner anymore and in ODI"s we need batsmen who can be match winners.

  • Simon on August 25, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Folks calling for the inclusion of Chanderpaul in the ODI have got to be joking. For God sake, the man is 40, he scores slowly, he's lame in the field, and is nothing more that a liability in the ODI set-up. Why would anyone want to include such a player when building a team for the future? We should be looking at pushing our young players, instead of talking about Chanderpaul and Sarwan, who for all intent and purposes, should be happily retired. Furthermore, the continuos presence of Chanderpaul on the test team is of no benefit, since as the supposedly leading batsman, he is neither winning or saving matches for his team. Can anyone tell me how often, and when was the last time Chanderpaul played a match defining inning for the West Indies Cricket Team?

  • Hildreth on August 25, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    I've always supported Chanderpaul as a great batsman capable of excelling in any of the formats. In my opinion he's not been treated fairly by being left out from the Windies ODI team for unclear reasons. If he's 100% fit he should be in ODI team to get much needed match practise in the build up to the World Cup. It's also important for WICB to continue to blood young players who have displayed a high level of talent and performance in regional tournaments like CPL in order to observe their ability to migrate to the international level. The immense abilities on show by batsmen Evin Lewis and Nicholas Pooran as well as fast bowler Beaton in the just concluded CPL should have caught the eye of WI selectors. So it's disappointing that none of them were chosen for the Bangladesh series. Now is the time to see what they've got and to make adjustments if necessary well ahead of the WC. I hope Lewis & Beaton are included in the test series. Sammy, Miller should play 3rd ODI for match practise

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    the windies have to play their best team on performances . in my opinion e lewis and jermaine blackwood two bright young stars have to be included ,not only for odis but for test matches , still the most importent format. i am sure clive lloyd and his selectors will see the light . forget about sarwan , samuals , they have past it.

  • Basil on August 25, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    In Aussie conditions this is the team they need to build with - 1 Gayle 2 Dw Bravo 3 Chanderpaul 4 Samuels 5 Pollard 6 Ramdin 7 Russell 8 Holder 9 Rampaul 10 Narine 11 Roach. Subs - Simmons, Sammy, Taylor, and Dr Bravo. We won't know how good they are until the play South Africa in South Africa, as playing over in India on dusty roads will not give any indication on how they will perform in an Australasian World Cup.

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    So you guys r building towards the worldcup by playing with Bangladesh ? Seriously Sir Bravo.

  • ramesh on August 25, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    west indies need chandrpaul and sharwan in middle order to stabilize middle order. Bring back them.

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