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Bravo disappointed with continued Test exclusion

Renaldo Matadeen

April 28, 2014

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Dwayne Bravo celebrates the wicket of Thilan Samaraweera, Sri Lanka v West Indies, 2nd Test, Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, 2nd day, November 24, 2010
Dwayne Bravo: "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." © AFP
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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."

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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by rayinto on (April 30, 2014, 1:34 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

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