West Indies news November 28, 2011

Dwayne Bravo expects quick return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies allrounder, has said his ankle injury has healed and he expects to be fit for the Big Bash League in Australia next month. Bravo, who has signed for Sydney Sixers, is also expected to take part in the Caribbean Twenty20 for Trinidad and Tobago.

"My ankle injury has healed and it stood up well during training. Last week it felt very sore but it is now fine and the stiffness is gone," Bravo told CMC. "I will be flying out to Australia for the Big Bash but this time around I will also be available for Trinidad and Tobago in the regional series, as we look to defend our title."

Bravo's career has been blighted by injury in the past few years, since he suffered a serious ankle injury in 2008 which kept him out of the game for eight months. He suffered a big blow this year when his World Cup ended due to a knee injury he sustained in West Indies' first game of the tournament. He returned for the home one-day series against Pakistan but asked for a break after the first two ODIs against India in June to work on his game.

Since then Bravo has turned out for Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League T20 and for Trinidad & Tobago in the Regional Super50 tournament. The matches against Bangladesh A were to be his first first-class matches since the Tests in Sri Lanka last year but his return to the longer format has now been delayed further.

"I am now focussing on strengthening exercises and trying to get in as much practice before I leave for Australia," Bravo said. "I am working towards getting back into the international scene. I have to time my return well as for now I will be taking it easy and gradually intensifying. My recovery has been good so far and I don't want to push it too early."

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  • H on November 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    @coll gayle. Then state your position clearly. State that you do not want to sign a contract because you want to be available to play in the various 20/20 tournaments. State that this means you will not be available to play for WI when your schedule conflicts. Do not act like you are committed to WI, shen you are not. These players are running a very effective PR campaign. Pretend like you are committed to WI cricket, get the fans on your side, and continue to do what you want to do. This guy was the vice captain and would have been the captain of the WI team. What does he do? Refuse to sign a contract. If the captain and VC refuse to sign contracts, what does that say. Does that shows loyalty? Its just incredible the simplistic arguments most of the supporters of these two propagate. LET ME REPEAT, THE CAPTAIN AND VICE CAPTAIN REFUSE TO SIGN CONTRACTS. REFUSE TO SHOW THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE TEAM. EVEN A BLIND MAN CAN SEE WHAT THAT MEANS.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Why is it you guys are not advocating for the guys who have no place in the team and no money. Thats why we all need to put our ego aside and look at every body situation. All you guys who are condemning Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle that they are not committed to WI cricket for making hay while the sun shine, just look at others of the pass who did not get that chance they are out there hearting financially because WI donot have a pension plan for there ex players .

  • Andrew on November 29, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    The other Bravo is WAY better anyways!

  • rienzie on November 29, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    This is a joke, his timing is impeccable, when it comes to playing in these comps. I understand the WICB is in a financial mess , and there is no nationalistic and commercial viability to the international windies scene, sadly the team will wither away. Being a lifelong supporter, it just makes me so sad....

  • charlie on November 28, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    I'ts quite obvious what's going on with Mr .Bravo here !! To you who suggest that W.I should pay proper salaries and have proper fitness programs etc; Check out the current salay structures in cricket today . I think you'll be surprised as to what you find . For developing nations with a relatively small populations and similarly limited industrial bases,don't you think that they are doing quite well by comparison ? Are you willing to pay a higher ticket price,or attend the games more often to help raise rvenue ??? One has to think about where the funds come from ,or how to aquire such funds, before one make these comments .

  • Michael on November 28, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Bravo....every other person knows that you and Gayle DON'T want to play under Sammy,so the two of you WILL come up with all sorts of excuses from time to time ! I am not surprised that you are fit and ready now that the A team has finished their engagements against Bangladesh !One would call that perfect timing,or should I say perfect HEALING ! Understand Sammy is to remain skipper until 31st.December 2012,at least...what then would be your next gimmick,if pick,....a side strain, like your partner Pollard did in SL about a year ago,when he couldn't cope with Malinga ?@ Butts and Robert Haynes........You said that Ryan Hinds and Benn will not be considered for selection until they show that they are committed to WI cricket.......but if you don't pick them ,(like how you pick Bravo and Pollard earlier,and they both refused to play),how then would you know that they are not committed ? clearly of late Bravo and Pollard are NOT committed ,..what then are the reasons this time around ?

  • Coraline on November 28, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    come on dear friends ... Gayle, Bravo, Pollard .... if WI ppl don't need them send them to India. We can Accommodate them. WICB will b a big loser in this drama. They are star players and every one is very important player of their team in IPL and BBI etc. I don't think running behind money is a sin. They are committed to WI. That is the reason why Gayle missed most of the IPL seasons. WICB shld understand that thing nd shld plan their schedule according to that. No body can deny the fact that WI has few of the world class individual players. So no point in playing the blame game questioning their commitment. I just ask all those ppl crying abt Money, tell me sincerely putting your hand n ur heart, if u r such a gifted talent and getting offers from all around the wrld fr big money... wld u still have opted not to play there becoz it is not patriotism ???????

  • Dean on November 28, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    I can't see Bravo ever playing another test match for West Indies, however that dosen't mean to say he can't play for West Indies again. Surely it would make sense for him to retire from the longer form of the game as it doesn't look like his body can take the stress. If he then said he wanted to fight for his place in the ODI and T20 sides and was also prepared to play in the domestic T20 and 50 over competions then I think the selectors should considering him as that's pretty much what they are doing with Pollard. Bravo could still play IPL and BBL but it would also be a sign of his commitment if he turned out for T&T in CLT20 rather that CSK.

  • Dummy4 on November 28, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Earlier I took some heat for criticizing the WICB... here is one of the reasons from a WIBC official " I am particularly worried about two young players in Adrian Barath and Devendra Bishoo. Barath has been battling a hamstring problem for some time and he needs to take a closer look at his body and work on getting to understand what brings on the injury, while he is not playing cricket. It is not only a problem for the WICB. The player has to do what is best for himself and try to work towards eliminating the possibilities of getting injured."...the WICB need to, like other top teams develop a conditioning program that enables fitness year round...I do not know of the inner workings or the WICB finance or any one individual or individuals, so I have no personal grudge issue here... but I am a fan of the lovely 70s and would gladly support any WI team that takes the game with some level of seriousness as witnessed in part in India.. and I am still puzzled at Sammy being the captain.

  • Hollis on November 28, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Dwayne B , as much as I admire your cricketing skills and all round ability, you should be the first to understand and appreciate that you can not walk in to the TT team when you want, when you want and when you are available. Let's face it you are looking at your future , money wise and I don't blame you. But others are staying back and giving their all . eg Darren Bravo. So man, get fit first ; that ankle brings questions to your fitness and then take it from there. Good luck in Australia. Nuff respect.

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