West Indies news April 28, 2014

Bravo disappointed with continued Test exclusion

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Dwayne Bravo believes the West Indies selectors have "got it wrong" by excluding him from the Test side over the past few years. The all-rounder's last Test appearance came in December 2010 in Sri Lanka and he said that it had been "disheartening" and "disappointing" watching from the outside.

"To be honest I was very disappointed that I was not able to make the Test squad within that time [since 2010]," Bravo told Line and Length. "In the little time I've played Test cricket, I think I've done good enough to still at least be part of West Indies' Test attack.

"From the selectors down to the coach as well, every day I see them, I abuse them," Bravo joked. "I keep asking what it is I have to do again to be selected. Obviously, they can't really give a proper answer so it always finishes off with a small laugh. Nothing really serious comes out of it."

Bravo, the West Indies ODI captain, is currently in London undergoing rehab following a shoulder injury in Chennai Super Kings' first IPL match that ruled him out of the ongoing T20 league. He said that the "hunger is always there" and that he had always showed a desire to continue playing Test cricket despite his many T20 obligations globally in the past couple of years. Bravo said he was optimistic he could be recalled for the three-Test home series against New Zealand starting June 8 given his recent form. In his 40 Tests, Bravo has made 2200 runs at an average of 31.42 and taken 86 wickets at 39.83.

With the Pybus report under scrutiny to help revamp West Indies' Test status by ensuring the first-choice players are present in the domestic cricket season, attention has been drawn as to how dedicated some Caribbean players are to Tests and how receptive they would be to Pybus' recommendation.

Chris Gayle undertook a Test hiatus in 2012 after a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board that lasted 18 months. Following West Indies' semi-final exit at the World T20, Gayle, who was nursing a glute injury, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine and Bravo all failed to play a single match in the Regional Four Day tournament. Kieron Pollard played two round-robin games before leaving to link up with Mumbai Indians as Trinidad & Tobago went on to lose in the semi-final. Marlon Samuels, Andre Russell and Denesh Ramdin have played only one match each in the domestic season.

Sammy, the Test captain, had bemoaned the team's away performances against India and New Zealand late last year and said "we cannot continue like this". Bravo said it was tough coping with West Indies' recent Test performances but added that the last time New Zealand visited the Caribbean, the West Indies topped them. "Losing Test matches within three days is something no Test nation would really like to see," Bravo said. "As a West Indian player to see that happening and know that I'm not able to actually contribute or be a part of it is really disheartening. But I think we will be a very difficult team to beat at home if we get the right combination and right players selected."

Given the nature of the Caribbean pitches, "quality spin" would be West Indies' trump card against New Zealand, Bravo said, and added that using Sulieman Benn or Shane Shillingford to partner Sunil Narine would be most effective.

Bravo also said that he hoped to see younger brother Darren recouping his international form. Darren Bravo had left the New Zealand tour during the ODIs due to personal reasons but was part of T&T's regional campaign. "We all know that he's one of our more talented batsmen," Dwayne Bravo said. "He's been going through a tough time mentally and had some family and personal issue to take care of. He just needs positivity, encouragement and support. We all go through this as players."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. @RenaldoMatadeen

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  • aclarity on May 3, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    The WI first class season is over and it's a good time to put the spotlight on promising players. Bonner and Blackwood can bat and are great in the field. They are better than Samuels and the Bravos. Amhris, Leon Johnson and Lewis must be given consideration. Carter is very ordinary and Daren Bravo is the statue of Lara. He needs ballet lessons ASAP. Matthews, Taylor, Bishoo, Benn and Jacobs are the best bowling prospects.

  • Sevarino on May 1, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    Bravo Bravo Bravo. If CSK dropped you for an entire IPL would you be saying this. Bravo bro. time to produce the goods on the field. Focus on playing a full season of FC matches score some 100's not 50's. I believe that as a WI test player you should me scrutinized for not producing the goods in what ever your role in the team is. Forget about the T20 leagues around the world. you want back on the test team go play FC cricket in one of those same FC leagues around the world. If you want to be taken seriously take the initiative. talent does not beat hard word because the same team you want to return to is a prime example of TALENT which lacks application and hard work. So Dwayne T20 & ODI's aint getting you back on the team. SORRRRRRRRRRY BRO

  • PaddyRasta2 on April 30, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    I absolutely agree with roddybee. It's a joke really calling either Bravo or Sammy a Test all rounder and neither is a specialist in bowling or batting. A Test all rounder is someone who will hold a place in their specialism and is good in the other role. Typical averages for both batting and bowling have to be around 30. Neither should be in the Test team. WI will continue to be a team that can only beat Bangladesh, Zim and NZ unless they drop Sammy and leave DJ Bravo out.

  • Vikram_Maingi on April 30, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    How does Darren Sammy justify his position at Test level? He is okay for the shorter version of the game but is not performing at Test Level.

  • 10yearstudent on April 30, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Well when you play one first class match over the last two years it says alit about why your not in the test squad. But, there are three players I've really been impressed with over this year's first class season.

    Kraigg Braithwaite-7 first class matches this season, he is a real patient batsmen like shiv and has averaged 42 scoring 471 runs with four scores of 80+

    Leon Johnson-A good lower order batsman than can replace the failing Marlon Samuels at the number 4 spot. in his 3 first class matches after returning from injury he scored 295 in six innings at an average of 49 with one century and a score of 78.Also during the recent west indies "A" team tour of India he had two score of 80 plus in 5 innings

    Kirk Edwards- Although only playing in only three matches too in five innings he scored 299 runs at an average of 74 with two centuries

    Finally a spin bowler missing from all your lists Veersammy Permaul who picked 27 wickets at an average of 15 from his four games before getting i

  • rayinto on April 30, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Where is Sarwan? Gibson still don't like him?

  • tutorial on April 29, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    WICB.should give Sarwan a call up for the upcoming test matches, in the recent Nagico 50 overs Sarwan did very well with the bat before he got the flu and had to miss games, he showed all the signs of an inform batsman. Sammy is not a test cricketer, his captaincy is even worst. I don't understand why people are even entertaining the thought of playing Sammy in test matches, but Gibson and selectors LOVE the current status of WI.performances so they will select a test team that makes no sense.

  • on April 29, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Sammy & Bravo in the same side to play a Test match means three allrounders in a squad of 11 (including keeper) It can happen but you have to have really solid first five to try that as well as at least one match winning bowler, perhaps Narine. Gayle, Powell, Edwards,Samuels, Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo or Gayle, Powell, Darren Bravo, Edwards,Samuels, is only way we can still have Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Ramdin and still allow 3 full on bowlers of which Narine must be one.....I would go for Holder & Benn/Nurse or - side Gayle, Powell, Edwards, Darren Bravo & Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, D. Ramdin, D.Sammy, S. Narine, S. Benn, & J. Holder

  • roddybee on April 29, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Firstly get rid of the captain who averages 50 with the ball at a strikerate of a 100 over the last two years, those are truly pathetic figures made worse with the knowledge that he only bowls when it suits him.

  • aby_97 on April 29, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    If Darren Sammy who bowls at a non threatening pace of 120 and bats at No.8 without scoring too much and with a weak defence against pace and spin can fet into the West Indies Squad.Someone like a Bravo will help West Indies overcome their problems in the batting and bowling department.And in place of a Sheldon Cottrell, Someone like a Jason Holder who has been a consistent performer should be in the squad instead.

  • aclarity on May 3, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    The WI first class season is over and it's a good time to put the spotlight on promising players. Bonner and Blackwood can bat and are great in the field. They are better than Samuels and the Bravos. Amhris, Leon Johnson and Lewis must be given consideration. Carter is very ordinary and Daren Bravo is the statue of Lara. He needs ballet lessons ASAP. Matthews, Taylor, Bishoo, Benn and Jacobs are the best bowling prospects.

  • Sevarino on May 1, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    Bravo Bravo Bravo. If CSK dropped you for an entire IPL would you be saying this. Bravo bro. time to produce the goods on the field. Focus on playing a full season of FC matches score some 100's not 50's. I believe that as a WI test player you should me scrutinized for not producing the goods in what ever your role in the team is. Forget about the T20 leagues around the world. you want back on the test team go play FC cricket in one of those same FC leagues around the world. If you want to be taken seriously take the initiative. talent does not beat hard word because the same team you want to return to is a prime example of TALENT which lacks application and hard work. So Dwayne T20 & ODI's aint getting you back on the team. SORRRRRRRRRRY BRO

  • PaddyRasta2 on April 30, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    I absolutely agree with roddybee. It's a joke really calling either Bravo or Sammy a Test all rounder and neither is a specialist in bowling or batting. A Test all rounder is someone who will hold a place in their specialism and is good in the other role. Typical averages for both batting and bowling have to be around 30. Neither should be in the Test team. WI will continue to be a team that can only beat Bangladesh, Zim and NZ unless they drop Sammy and leave DJ Bravo out.

  • Vikram_Maingi on April 30, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    How does Darren Sammy justify his position at Test level? He is okay for the shorter version of the game but is not performing at Test Level.

  • 10yearstudent on April 30, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Well when you play one first class match over the last two years it says alit about why your not in the test squad. But, there are three players I've really been impressed with over this year's first class season.

    Kraigg Braithwaite-7 first class matches this season, he is a real patient batsmen like shiv and has averaged 42 scoring 471 runs with four scores of 80+

    Leon Johnson-A good lower order batsman than can replace the failing Marlon Samuels at the number 4 spot. in his 3 first class matches after returning from injury he scored 295 in six innings at an average of 49 with one century and a score of 78.Also during the recent west indies "A" team tour of India he had two score of 80 plus in 5 innings

    Kirk Edwards- Although only playing in only three matches too in five innings he scored 299 runs at an average of 74 with two centuries

    Finally a spin bowler missing from all your lists Veersammy Permaul who picked 27 wickets at an average of 15 from his four games before getting i

  • rayinto on April 30, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Where is Sarwan? Gibson still don't like him?

  • tutorial on April 29, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    WICB.should give Sarwan a call up for the upcoming test matches, in the recent Nagico 50 overs Sarwan did very well with the bat before he got the flu and had to miss games, he showed all the signs of an inform batsman. Sammy is not a test cricketer, his captaincy is even worst. I don't understand why people are even entertaining the thought of playing Sammy in test matches, but Gibson and selectors LOVE the current status of WI.performances so they will select a test team that makes no sense.

  • on April 29, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Sammy & Bravo in the same side to play a Test match means three allrounders in a squad of 11 (including keeper) It can happen but you have to have really solid first five to try that as well as at least one match winning bowler, perhaps Narine. Gayle, Powell, Edwards,Samuels, Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo or Gayle, Powell, Darren Bravo, Edwards,Samuels, is only way we can still have Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Ramdin and still allow 3 full on bowlers of which Narine must be one.....I would go for Holder & Benn/Nurse or - side Gayle, Powell, Edwards, Darren Bravo & Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, D. Ramdin, D.Sammy, S. Narine, S. Benn, & J. Holder

  • roddybee on April 29, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Firstly get rid of the captain who averages 50 with the ball at a strikerate of a 100 over the last two years, those are truly pathetic figures made worse with the knowledge that he only bowls when it suits him.

  • aby_97 on April 29, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    If Darren Sammy who bowls at a non threatening pace of 120 and bats at No.8 without scoring too much and with a weak defence against pace and spin can fet into the West Indies Squad.Someone like a Bravo will help West Indies overcome their problems in the batting and bowling department.And in place of a Sheldon Cottrell, Someone like a Jason Holder who has been a consistent performer should be in the squad instead.

  • creekeetman on April 29, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    I always thought Bravo would be a good number 6 for the WI. He makes a good fifth bowler, and he is a more than capable batsman, but it just didn't work out. However, I hav'nt seen anyone better, and imo he deserves another chance, he has matured and I think he is the right man to slot in at 6. He certainly is a much better allrounder than Sammy, yes I'm a Sammy basher, not for any other reason than his horrible captaincy, his lack of runs when it matters, and most importantly his lack of wickets. If anyone should be used ONLY in the short game, it should be Sammy.

  • VivGilchrist on April 29, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Maybe the selectors are disappointed that a guy that averages 31 with the bat and almost 40 with the ball, that very rarely makes himself available for FC cricket, thinks he should be a walk up start for the Test team. This reminds me of an article about a year or so ago about Darren Ganga who thought he hadn't been given a fair go by the selectors. He averaged 25 after almost 50 Tests! There seems to be a real attitude of entitlement with a lot of the WI players.

  • JoshFromJamRock on April 29, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    I don't know why people love hacking Sammy so much. Since you some of you fans say he doesn't fit in the Test team can you show me 7 players who are clearly performing better than him with the bat?

    The only guys I see performing of late are Sammy, Dwayne B, Simmons, Ramdin, Smith and Chanderpaul...Not Gayle, Samuels, Deonarine, etc. To make matters worse, Simmons and Smith won't even get a look-in at Test because of the illusion that Test cricket will show them up despite them doing quite well in ODIs and T20s. Take those guys out and we are left with Shiv, Sammy and Ramdin as the only "form" batsmen in the Test team. Its only logical that Darren B, Dwayne B, Edwards and Powell take the remaining 4 of 7 batting slots as they have put up good performances of late. I would even put Simmons and Smith as openers as they are striking the ball (and scoring) much better than Edwards and Powell, but again, some will see it as going too far. Just can't please everyone.

  • on April 29, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    It's about time Dwayne be back in that test team. He deserve to be a member of that out of form side. My team for the test is 1) Gayle 2) Powell 3) DM BRAVO 4) Samules 5) Shiv 6) DJBravo 7) Ramdin 8)Sammy 9)Taylor 10)Benn 11) Narine with Rampaul Shillingford Devon Smith and Thomas from CCC included come on selector pick the right combination our test status depends on it

  • on April 29, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    i disagree toatally with bravos exclusion also roach is a great bowler and i believe jerome taylor is comming back a bit him with roach and brvo andnarine an shillings make a superb bowling attack

  • Alexei on April 29, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    DJ Bravo's recent ODI form deserves a Test call up. But I don't think he'll be picked against NZ if Sammy is retained as allrounder/captain. But I think he should have been playing regional cricket more. Its only fair DJ

  • tutorial on April 28, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    DJ Bravo should be in the WI.team for all formats no questions ask. I see posts where people are putting Sammy in the test team,this is one of the reasons WI.cricket is at its lowest,feelings going to get hurt but Sammy is a t20 cricketer,no more, not even good for ODIs, for WI.cricket to become a winning one these and more tough choices have to be made.Playing more first class and test matches is the solution,WI. should consult the icc regarding more test matches for the team.

  • on April 28, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Gayle for me has been the most unfortunate .He had a row with WICB in 2011 and that was the end of his test career .He was a good opener .Over 14000 runs in ODI and test .But people will remember him only for IPL niw as he hasnt done anything too great on the international front since his 333 .But he will always have the distinction of scoring two triple centuries.

  • on April 28, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    1.Gayle, 2.Powell, 3.Darren Bravo, 4. Marlon Samuels, 5. Chanderpaul, 6. Dwayne Bravo, 7. Ramdin, 8. Miller, 9. Rampaul, 10. Narine, 11. Roach

  • bigeagle2085 on April 28, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Its funny how Chris Gayle is missing form all the formats (including T20) in JoshFromJamRock's Teams

  • PaddyRasta2 on April 28, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    Test cricket requires specialists. Six batsmen, four bowlers and a keeper who if he can bat its a bonus. DJ Bravo needs to prove that he can bat at Test level and hold his place as a specialist batsman. Sammy has no place in the Test team also because he is not a strike bowler. If Bravo wants to be picked, then frankly he needs to show commitment to the format by playing and excelling as a batman in four day cricket for a season.WI cannot carry bits and pieces players like him and Sammy at Test level. Sammy batting at eight takes a specialist bowler's role. The bowling attack then lacks teeth and struggles against good opposition to take twenty wickets. Sammy can have T20I and ODIs but needs to be out of the Test team altogether.

  • Nadeem1976 on April 28, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Bravo is Shahid afridi of WI. he needs to just concentrate on short form of the game.

  • JoshFromJamRock on April 28, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    In my opinion only DJ Bravo, Sammy, Simmons, Ramdin, Lil Bravo, Edwards, Rampaul, Smith, Narine, Holder, Chanderpaul, Miller, Powell, Santokie and Badree should be playing for West Indies as everybody else is a waste of contract space. Surely the WICB and selectors can find a competitive team for each format. These 15 guys have done consistently well for WI in every format they have played in the past 2-3 years. As the recent report said an extensive restructuring needs to be done.

    Test Team Suggestion - 1)Powell 2)Edwards 3)Lil Bravo 4)Shiv 5)Dj Bravo 6)Ramdin(c) 7)Sammy 8)Holder 9)Narine 10)Rampaul 11)Miller

    ODI Team Suggestion - 1)Smith 2)Powell 3)Lil Bravo 4)Simmons 5)Dj Bravo(c) 6)Ramdin 7)Sammy 8)Holder 9)Narine 10)Rampaul 11)Miller/Badree

    T20 Team Suggestion - 1)Smith 2)Powell 3)Lil Bravo 4)Simmons 5)Dj Bravo 6)Sammy(c) 7)Ramdin 8)Narine 9)Rampaul 10)Badree 11)Santokie

    Its not class that matters...ITS FORM!

  • on April 28, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Its people like Bravo who give the WICB a bad name. The regional tournament is currently wrapping but where was he when it was going on? These fellas just talk but they dont even try to play any First Class cricket in the region. They always complain of some injury or the other during the FC season and then miraculously recover in time to play T20. A few seasons ago he refused to sign a WICB contract so he could go to the IPL. I have little time for them.

  • on April 28, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    A WI grounds man can be a better selectors than we currently have. Chanderpaul Gayle Bravo Sarwan Were all dropped at a time when they were the most experienced players in the world and Ave. above 40.00

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 28, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Like usual WIRUS is spot on agree with everything you said including batting order.

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    I hope for his and the team sake,if he is selected,he will get that batting order up in the air alot more than that 31, he,Narine and alot more of these guys need to in the future play a MINIMUM of 2 first class games each season,otherwise they will not be eligable for selection to the test team.I am all in support of these guys making money,and we all know plenty of money is available in criket thesedays,but if you dont show some form of commitment,the days of global trotting without playing red ball cricket for 2 or 3 years,those days should come to an end,and you dont need an englishman to come in and say it to be readily accepted,it is NOT rocket science.

  • aclarity on April 28, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    DJ plays above his talent level but he just is not good enough for test cricket. Both Sammy and Bravo should not make WI test team. To go back to Bravo is truly going Back. The best pace bowler I have seen in this recent WI regional tournament is Matthews. He has the most consistent line and length and he has the height. That's the ingredient WI is missing. Roach, Rampaul, Edwards, and Best etc. are all sprayers. They cannot keep a good, consistent line and length. Matthews will be able to create pressure which brings wickets for him or at the other end.

  • on April 28, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    wirus @11.38.. i agree with your comments..looks very logical and well thought out..

  • Reuelsean on April 28, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Bravo is good enough to be in all formats of the game for wi, and for those saying that he is just like sammy or isnt good enough, please give me a break, comparing sammy to bravo is a waste of time, Bravo is clearly the more talented of the two, and currently in great form. Looking forward to seeing bravo back in test for the wi this yr.

  • CricketChat on April 28, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    With a decent pace bowling attack and an overflowing spin bowling options, what WI test team really need is patient batsmen who can occupy the crease and make big 100s. Bravo will be another Sammy in test team, neither a top order batsman nor a 1st choice bowler. It is already tough enough to justify Sammy's place in the team. They certainly don't need 2 of the same. Most of WIs recent tests have finished under 3 days.

  • siltbreeze on April 28, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    "I keep asking what it is I have to do again to be selected. Obviously, they can't really give a proper answer..."

    This is laughable - the selectors have a very good answer: "play some red ball cricket!" How can you possibly expect to be picked for the Test side when you haven't played a first class game in over a year? There's no doubt Bravo has the talent and could offer something to the West Indies Test side, but he needs to forego one or two of his lucrative T20 contracts and maybe play some county cricket, prove he still knows how to play with a red ball.

    You can't have it both ways - take all the T20 money on offer and show no commitment to first class cricket, then complain when you're not selected for Tests.

  • A-Gunnie on April 28, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Bravo always seem to find a way of unavailability,whether it's injury or something else.

  • wirus on April 28, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Bravo's performances until recently did not warrant a call up to the test squad. That has now changed somewhat after showing good form in the recent ODIs. As much as I so admire Sammy, his career should now be focused on being the best all rounder possible in the shorter formats, where he deserves his place. In tests he should be replaced by Bravo who should bat at 4, behind Kirk Edwards, Brathwaite and Darren Bravo. This will force him to see himself as a batting all rounder (as Lara told him) and also gives his brother much needed support. Chanders at 5 (last series?) and Gayle at 6 where he can play his natural attacking game. Dwayne Bravo has the talent and now the commitment to average over 40 with the bat and under 30 with the ball, though that matters less. Just his presence in the team will bolster confidence and his fielding and experience will also be a plus. Ramdin (captain), Taylor and Rampaul (?) along with Narine and Shillingford / Benn makes the team balanced.

  • on April 28, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    bravo isn't test material no matter what he thinks... he s an exciting limited overs package and it ends there... and then how does he presume that he s done well in tests when he has such ordinary stats to show? in an ideal scenario the WI test attack would be roach/ rampaul/ holder/ Sammy/ narine

  • PACERONE on April 28, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Bravo could play for W.I as a batsman and perform.He is a talented player.He could open the batting.His stroke play shows that he is capable.The idea that players are pigeon holed into categories is silly.It is said that Pollard is a one day player but he has not been given a chance to play test cricket.The amount of critical catches dropped by W.I players who do not make lots of runs would prove that Pollard would make a difference,so would Bravo.

  • on April 28, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    All rounders who aren't good enough to be picked as either a batsman or a bowler don't belong in the test arena. If Bravo isn't in the West Indies top six batsman or top four bowlers he shouldn't be picked unless the difference is small enough you won't notice the difference. A batting average of 31 and a bowling average of roughly 40 isn't good enough for a test batsman or bowler therefore he is in limited overs cricket only which is where most all rounders belong.

  • anver777 on April 28, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    WI test squad is missing a quality bowling allrounder in the middle order...... so no wonder Bravo who gives 100% when ever he plays is the best choice.... wake up WICB !!!!

  • mushi333 on April 28, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Im from Bangladesh , a blind supporter of wi cricket . my observation is DJ must be in all format of wi team . Also samuels,gayle,narine,j.taylor,Dm Bravo,roach for all format . My Squad for N.Z test 1. Gayle 2. K.Powell3.Sachy 4.Chanderpaul5.Samuels 6.Devon smith 7.DmBravo 8.DJ bravo9.J.Taylor10.K.Roach 11.Shillingford12.ramdin13.Narine14.Miller15.rampaul

  • wrenx on April 28, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    40 with the ball and 30 with the bat. Granted, the current West Indies side doesn't have formidable stats, but in what world are those test-quality credentials? You may as well bring Dwayne Smith back into the team as well

  • on April 28, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    I hope Bravo wasn't serious talking about his disappointment. How can one be selected for a 5 days format when he hasn't even participated in more than 1 day format? Performances are the only way to push the selectors and get noticed. But they will only come if you plays the longer first class format at the very least.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on April 28, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    The make up of the test side has led to a lack of opportunity for DJ Bravo of late - with Sammy the captain included, another medium-fast bowling all-rounder would be sheer folly. Should the selectors decide to change the man at the helm then Bravo could well find himself back in the mix. Sammy vs Bravo averages do not read much like a true heavyweight bout, but they both offer something. On balance, Dwayne Bravo is the better batsman and fielder. Sammy has the edge with his bowling average but Bravo has a better strike rate. Personally, I feel one of the many changes needed is a new captain, so for me, if Bravo comes back into the test side it must be at the expense of Sammy. Roach (if fit), Taylor - who has impressed in some spells since he has returned to the Jamaican team, looks stronger too + perhaps Holder,Peters or even Mathew should be in the selector's thoughts when compiling the pace attack. Narine + 1/2 other spinners will also be in the mix. Beaton, maybe Jordan, next year.

  • Rally_Windies on April 28, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    As bad as a batting average of 31 and a bowling average of 40 might seem ..

    WI have played Bowlers with averages of 40, for VERY long periods ..

    and WI does not have many batsmen who can muster an average of 30 either ....

    Samuels is barely averaging 37 !

    So all things considered, Bravo can make the team based on his performance ....

    But I must say, Deonainre's BOWLING at an average of 28 , kind of sows up the alrouder position ... even though his batting is wanting at 25.....

    But with a #6 allrounder giving you a quality spin option... as an OFF Spinner ..

    I never understood why WI plays a specialist OFF Spinner in the team...

    It just makes No logical Sense .....

    Deonarine + Miller + 3 Quicks is the BEST attack for the WI ....& it should be Roach Taylor Rampaul ...... Holder and Sammy as spares ....

    And Sammy playing tests ahead of Ramapaul .. Also makes no Good cricketing sense either ...

  • nulla on April 28, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    I'm afraid he's a bling 20/20 cricketer only. Since that Sri Lankan series he has played 3 first class matches. Which means when he is not selected for the Windies, he is also unavailable to push for selection via the domestic competition. Why risk him.

  • on April 28, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    I wonder why Darren Sammy is the captain of the team? he don't even deserve q place in tests and in odis. get Well soon WICB

  • on April 28, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    I remember watching Dwayne Bravo back in 05/06 I think it was against Australia where he cracked a ton and took wickets in bags. Looked like the future star and just faded sadly. I still think he can contribute. Their test side could have definitely used him out in NZ last tour.

  • Sir_Francis on April 28, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    His Test stats are shown above. That might be the reason. A batting ave. of 31 and 2 wickets a test at the cost of 40. He makes Shane Watson look like Jaques Kallis.

  • on April 28, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    What WI needs from DJ Bravo is first class commitment. How should they reward him with a call up when other players are giving their commitment, shouldn't they be rewarded too? wake up T20 supper stars, I am a big fan of all of you, but fair is fair we need you at least in half of our FC season too

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  • on April 28, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    What WI needs from DJ Bravo is first class commitment. How should they reward him with a call up when other players are giving their commitment, shouldn't they be rewarded too? wake up T20 supper stars, I am a big fan of all of you, but fair is fair we need you at least in half of our FC season too

  • Sir_Francis on April 28, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    His Test stats are shown above. That might be the reason. A batting ave. of 31 and 2 wickets a test at the cost of 40. He makes Shane Watson look like Jaques Kallis.

  • on April 28, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    I remember watching Dwayne Bravo back in 05/06 I think it was against Australia where he cracked a ton and took wickets in bags. Looked like the future star and just faded sadly. I still think he can contribute. Their test side could have definitely used him out in NZ last tour.

  • on April 28, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    I wonder why Darren Sammy is the captain of the team? he don't even deserve q place in tests and in odis. get Well soon WICB

  • nulla on April 28, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    I'm afraid he's a bling 20/20 cricketer only. Since that Sri Lankan series he has played 3 first class matches. Which means when he is not selected for the Windies, he is also unavailable to push for selection via the domestic competition. Why risk him.

  • Rally_Windies on April 28, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    As bad as a batting average of 31 and a bowling average of 40 might seem ..

    WI have played Bowlers with averages of 40, for VERY long periods ..

    and WI does not have many batsmen who can muster an average of 30 either ....

    Samuels is barely averaging 37 !

    So all things considered, Bravo can make the team based on his performance ....

    But I must say, Deonainre's BOWLING at an average of 28 , kind of sows up the alrouder position ... even though his batting is wanting at 25.....

    But with a #6 allrounder giving you a quality spin option... as an OFF Spinner ..

    I never understood why WI plays a specialist OFF Spinner in the team...

    It just makes No logical Sense .....

    Deonarine + Miller + 3 Quicks is the BEST attack for the WI ....& it should be Roach Taylor Rampaul ...... Holder and Sammy as spares ....

    And Sammy playing tests ahead of Ramapaul .. Also makes no Good cricketing sense either ...

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on April 28, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    The make up of the test side has led to a lack of opportunity for DJ Bravo of late - with Sammy the captain included, another medium-fast bowling all-rounder would be sheer folly. Should the selectors decide to change the man at the helm then Bravo could well find himself back in the mix. Sammy vs Bravo averages do not read much like a true heavyweight bout, but they both offer something. On balance, Dwayne Bravo is the better batsman and fielder. Sammy has the edge with his bowling average but Bravo has a better strike rate. Personally, I feel one of the many changes needed is a new captain, so for me, if Bravo comes back into the test side it must be at the expense of Sammy. Roach (if fit), Taylor - who has impressed in some spells since he has returned to the Jamaican team, looks stronger too + perhaps Holder,Peters or even Mathew should be in the selector's thoughts when compiling the pace attack. Narine + 1/2 other spinners will also be in the mix. Beaton, maybe Jordan, next year.

  • on April 28, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    I hope Bravo wasn't serious talking about his disappointment. How can one be selected for a 5 days format when he hasn't even participated in more than 1 day format? Performances are the only way to push the selectors and get noticed. But they will only come if you plays the longer first class format at the very least.

  • wrenx on April 28, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    40 with the ball and 30 with the bat. Granted, the current West Indies side doesn't have formidable stats, but in what world are those test-quality credentials? You may as well bring Dwayne Smith back into the team as well

  • mushi333 on April 28, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Im from Bangladesh , a blind supporter of wi cricket . my observation is DJ must be in all format of wi team . Also samuels,gayle,narine,j.taylor,Dm Bravo,roach for all format . My Squad for N.Z test 1. Gayle 2. K.Powell3.Sachy 4.Chanderpaul5.Samuels 6.Devon smith 7.DmBravo 8.DJ bravo9.J.Taylor10.K.Roach 11.Shillingford12.ramdin13.Narine14.Miller15.rampaul