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August 29, 2012
Darren Bravo, the West Indies batsman, has said that he has fully recovered from the groin injury which had forced him to return home half-way through the ODI series in England in June, but a bit of work remains to be done on his general fitness.
"I am 100% fit, but there is still work to be done on my endurance and fitness," Bravo told the Trinidad Express. "But I am pain-free at this point in time. I am happy I went through the tough period and now I am looking forward to getting back on the field and performing."
Bravo was picked in West Indies' squad for September's World Twenty20 and, he said, he has been training hard and is keen to return to the action. "It has been tough missing the New Zealand series, but nevertheless it is all part of the game. Now I am really looking forward to the World T20.
"I have been working extremely hard, waking up at 5.30 in the morning and doing my physical fitness and stuff like that, so things are looking up for me. I am working here at the Queen's Park Oval [in Trinidad] with the likes of my brother [Dwayne Bravo], [first-class player] Justin Guillen and [Kieron] Pollard every evening, so I am going to bounce back and perform to the best of ability."
West Indies' dominant home performance against New Zealand, during which they won eight matches out of nine - including 2-0 clean sweeps of the Tests and T20s - was encouraging, Bravo said. "It was difficult lying on my bed and looking at the series, but I am really happy for the guys. They really went out there and played to their true potential.
"It was a good feeling to see Chris Gayle back and performing and Marlon Samuels having a wonderful season. It is good to see the experienced guys doing well and helping the younger players on the team. It was good to see Sunil Narine breaking into the Test team and doing extremely well. It is a great feeling to see the team playing good cricket at this point in time."
Bravo had returned to competitive cricket over the weekend, playing T20 cricket at the 50 Cricket Festival in Trinidad. "It was good getting back on the playing field and getting a knock out in the middle," he said of the festival. "I am actually excited about that."
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