West Indies news February 27, 2017

Brathwaite can't repeat World T20 heroics every time - Browne

ESPNcricinfo staff

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'I will never ever hit four sixes in four balls again' - Brathwaite

Courtney Browne, the West Indies chairman of selectors, has said that allrounder Carlos Brathwaite cannot be expected to produce the heroics of the World Twenty20 final each time he plays. Browne was commenting on Brathwaite's lean form with the bat in the recently-concluded Regional Super50 domestic one-day tournament, won by Barbados Pride, Brathwaite's team.

Since the beginning of 2016, Brathwaite has scored just 304 runs in 27 List A games at an average of 14.47, with a highest score of 46. With the ball, he has taken 46 wickets at an average of 30.66. Brathwaite, who was recently made West Indies' T20 captain, hasn't enjoyed too much success in the shortest format either. In 26 T20s since 2016, Brathwaite has managed just 212 runs at 12.47 and 33 wickets at an average of 30.66.

"What you must understand is this is still a young man," Browne told a Caribbean radio station. "If we expect Carlos to repeat what he did in the World Cup every single time, we're going to fool ourselves. Carlos needs to develop like any other cricketer. We've dug ourselves in a massive hole over the years, there's no quick fix to our problem. It is about hard work. It's not about 'you've had five games, you have not performed' so just throw the player away."

Browne pointed out that Brathwaite has earned a lot of respect from coaches and captains over the years with his attitude and hardwork. In January, Brathwaite opted to leave early from the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League where he was signed as a replacement for fellow West Indies allrounder Andre Russell.

Incidentally, he was one of the three players - along with Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels - to decline a WICB contract late last year. Although he is an attractive buy for teams across domestic Twenty20 leagues, Brathwaite has said he wants to focus on doing well for West Indies.

Brathwaite, Browne said, was an "investment" that would come good eventually. "He's a young player who is a very exciting player on his day, who hasn't played a lot of international cricket either," Browne said. "He's an investment and we all know if we get him right what he can produce for us. Carlos's strike rate would be more than the other bowlers because of the time of the games when he bowls.

"Carlos and a lot of the other players, we have players now who actually want to play, we have players who are committed, they are self-starters, they work hard. When you see players who are doing that, you know that you will be able to create that environment that is conducive to producing cricketers that can perform consistently."

Browne said West Indies' selection panel are likely to give players an extended run in the playing XI to help them develop, as opposed to the approach of selection in the past.

"We are number eight in the world because we put ourselves there by playing bad cricket over the years by making bad decisions. When you look at our players, there are some who have been given a little extension because you want them to develop," Browne said.

"We don't want to have a case where you have a whole bunch of players, like what used to happen in the past, where we had so many players, all of them had games under their belts but none ever got a good extension or fair run to help them to develop. We need to develop cricketers."

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  • Kendel3456385 on March 3, 2017, 2:14 GMT

    @metman.... I do not know what pollard stats were after 17 games. but regardless pollard still performed in the domestic season and in t20 tournaments he also is one of the best fielders currently going around so his place is warranted unlike carlos who failed in the domestic season at least had he performed in the domestic games I could have said he deserves a chance. but he fails in every game he plays since the t20 finals...

  • Michael on March 2, 2017, 18:36 GMT

    @Johnny865...you were asked to state Pollards' stats after 20 ODIs but you conveniently refused...but here they are after 20 ODIs he averaged 17 and after 13 T20s av.11. Nothing to be ashamed about Carlos Brathwaite has almost similar stats.

  • Michael on March 2, 2017, 15:07 GMT

    @rallyroundwindies..you are truly showing your hatred of Bajans.....stats and records will show you that Powell has played 4 ODIs,.Lewis 5 , Mohammed 2 , Dowrich 0 and Cummins 2 and that Carter has played 17 but is way ahead of Dwayne Bravo and Pollard after their 17 ODIs... BUT WERE GIVEN MORE CHANCES

  • lennon on March 1, 2017, 18:46 GMT

    Metman - you are truly showing your insularity with your support for Browne and his bajan non- performers who should suddenly be given an extended run while the other non- bajans were sacked unceremoniously. While I have no problems with Holder as a stock bowler in ODIs and tests, and Carlos hitting the occasional sixes- they should have never been made captains in the first place. Also Dowrich,Cummins and Carter are all poor performers and should never have been picked. Hopefully the coach will have enough sense not to play them and give this squad Rovman, Mohammed and Lewis more chances....

  • Michael on March 1, 2017, 17:43 GMT

    @anton111.......man you getting on like that johnny whatever number he is at..... and because a player performs in ONE season that DOES NOT automatically means he should walk straight into the WI team ahead of others who were CONSISTENTLY performing over a NUMBER of seasons as evident in their stats and selections back then. @tonobwoy...name those players that were performing better FOR THE LAST 3 SEASONS or so than Dowrich,Cummins and Carter...NAME them with their STATS or be classified as nothing more than another troll. @Quebeccricketersfraternity....are you saying that a player who HAS ONLY performed in the season BEFORE teams are selected should take preference over those who have been performing for a number of seasons ? What were the averages. before and after this season of Walton,Cornwall,Ambris,Hetmeyer against Carlos,Dowrich,Cummins and Carter

  • satesh5126070 on March 1, 2017, 14:58 GMT

    Why the double standards from the West Indies selectors. Sammy Ramdin Bravo Pollard and Samuels all got dropped for non performance and inconsistency . But they all had good one off performances sometimes. So what really is the selection criteria

  • zubzba7412933 on February 28, 2017, 18:21 GMT

    Maybe get ben stokes to bowl four more deliveries at Carlos... things will change very quickly hahaha

  • Tracey on February 28, 2017, 14:52 GMT

    I thought Courtney Browne was just a Selector. I had no idea that he was a Defense Lawyer. Wow! What a case he has made for a 'Non Performer'. Just reading this article alone would warrant Carlos' selection i.e. until you actually see him perform. Carlos Brathwaite CANNOT rightfully claim a place on ANY West Indies Regional Team right now, not even Barbados' team. Sing for your SUPPER mister selector.

  • dysonc7900658 on February 28, 2017, 14:42 GMT

    What Courtney Browne is saying is nonsense.what about players who are in form they must be set aside so that the people whom you think are going to be great develop . When the fruits are ripe you need to pick them. At the expense of Cornwall and ambris and Walton and Hetmyer we stick with Brathwaite. Dowich. Jonathan Carter and Cummins. Its amazing that all the promising players whom Browne wants to invest in comes from the same country as him.

  • ahadd on February 28, 2017, 14:38 GMT

    Courtney oswald browne will back brathwaite because he has no other choice. Carlos is a once in a year performer. He should not have been chosen as T20 captain because he like jason holder does not have the cricket brain required for leadership. West Indies are seeing below mediocre bajan players picked ahead of better players from other islands, simply because Courtney oswald browne is using insularity as his criterion for selection. Why were Miguel Cummins, Shane Dorwich and Johnathan Carter picked?

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