New Zealand in West Indies 2014 June 6, 2014

Need to bat well twice - Darren Bravo

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has said the team needs to bat well twice in a Test more consistently, if they are to improve their faltering Test record. Bravo said the upcoming home Tests against New Zealand presents a chance for their batsmen to maintain that intensity.

Bravo was speaking after winning the Cricketer of the Year Award and the Caribbean T20 MVP Award at the WICB/WIPA awards on Thursday in Kingston.

"Their (New Zealand) bowling attack has been doing very well over the last couple of years. We don't normally bat well twice in a Test," Bravo told WICB Media. "At times we tend to get a decent score in the first innings and falter in the second or the other way around. That is something we need to rectify. When our batsmen get starts we need to carry on and get big scores."

Bravo was part of the preparatory camp in Barbados where he spent time with the West Indies legend Garry Sobers. One of the things he picked up from Sobers was the importance of creating scoring opportunities, instead of letting the opposition bowlers take control.

"He singled out that I should be able to play all around the wicket," Bravo said. "At times the opposition will block your strong area. So you could take those same deliveries and play it through midwicket. You set the field for yourself, rather than let the opposition dictate your pace. I will be looking to do that in this series.

He added that the time spent with Sobers was invaluable. "It's something I will cherish for the rest of my life. When he left the camp I really started missing him. He eased my mind as much as possible and he was in the nets working on some technical areas and also sharing a laugh. Wonderful sharing a week and a half with him."

Bravo scored a match-saving 218 in the Dunedin Test against New Zealand late last year. It was Bravo's highest Test score, coming when West Indies were faced with a massive first-innings deficit of 396. West Indies lost the second Test by an innings and with it the series 1-0.

"It was a great innings down in New Zealand, my first time there," he said. "We were staring at the jaws of defeat and I went out there and put up my hand and did the job for my team. That was something to feel good about."

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  • ESPN on June 8, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Has Sammy ever made one or two hundred in a test... Or in Regionals .,, is he an all rounder in the mode of Sir Garry? How come he never learnt?

  • Dummy4 on June 8, 2014, 0:42 GMT

    More importantly, need to bow out the opposition twice!

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    west indies need to try and extend the series vs Bangladesh later this year so we can get a look at young talents before the South Africa tour. Blackwood & Thomas look especially promising. Johnson, Simmons, Edwards , Bravo , Brathwaite, Powell, , Permaul & Bishoo Narine, Johnson Cotterel, Pascal, Cummins , Holder, Bravo

  • Keith on June 7, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Or bat really well once, and not worry much about what else happens.

    Agreed the world needs the WI, but not just to make up the numbers. Every so often the order of things benefits from being shaken up. It's about time.

  • Craig on June 7, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Need to look at Jermaine Blackwood and Sunil Amris for runs for future test series

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    West indies and australia are the only teams in the modern era to dominate ALL teams at their peak....unfortunately both are at their lowest points....austrailia have the formular and resources to reverse their fortunes....but it has been 20 yrs and wi has not got it rite....maybe soon...they cricket needs them...gayle...shiv...marlon...dwayne...are all on their way out...funny enough...the CPL....might show us some new talent....not test quality....but polly...sunil...etc...have provided joy to us and made wi ppl proud least in t20....hoping to find some test cricketers soon....a school boy in trinidad named kallicharan just made 400 in a 35 over need to start looking all over the hope for the best...gud luck wi...try ur best...dats all we ask of u guys

  • Patrick on June 7, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    I would have really like to have seen a brand new batsman introduced into the Test team, particularly at home where the pressures of being away are not there. When is the replacement for Shiv going to be eased into the team? Both Powell and Braithwaite continue to perform e.g at regional level, but not at Test level. The cupboard is bare but how will the batting lineup be developed if new players are not brought in? So Blackwood has three FC hundreds in his last three games and does not get a call up? Wake up selectors!

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    rain also helped saved the match

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    Here is a little secret Bravo . Go on you tube and watch Sir Gary batting do that before you bat and you will score a ton load of runs .

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    He will do very well again!

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