West Indies news May 22, 2014

Bravo close to return from injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies' ODI captain Dwayne Bravo has said that he is close to making a full recovery from injury ahead of the home series against New Zealand in June.

Bravo had been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing IPL season after hurting his shoulder fielding for Chennai Super Kings during their opening game against Kings XI Punjab, but he was named as part of West Indies' 20-man squad that will head to Barbados for a preparatory camp.

"I am not ready to play any cricket at the moment but I am getting closer," Bravo said. "I would say I am about 80 percent fit, but there is still some work to be done with my shoulder. I am feeling good. The range of motion is back again so there are a lot of positive signs so I look forward to the camp coming up."

Bravo added that he was excited by the prospect of making a return to Tests, having last been picked in the format four years ago; a decision that the allrounder believed the selectors had got wrong.

"I leave Thursday to join the West Indies team in the camp and I look forward to challenging for a place and get back to playing cricket again," he said. "This week I will definitely be back in the nets but I have to take it slowly. It is an injury that I don't think I can rush. I have to make sure it heals properly and then come back when it is the right time.

"It is just a matter of me going to the camp and see if I am able to take part and be fully a part of the camp and give my full commitment, which I don't think I am able to do at the moment."

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  • on May 25, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    @ Collis79 nobody said anything about Dwayne Smith or Kieron Pollard. Bravo is the closest we have to an allrounder and Gayle is still the best attacking batsman we have. Bravo is not yet fully fit so he should sit out until then.

  • Collis79 on May 24, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    WIndies are wasting their time with the likes of Bravo, Gayle, Pollard, Dwayne Smith. These guys do not want to play Tests for the WIndies. Let them stay in the 20/20 and select guys that do want to play for the WIndies with a new management as well. As a WInies supporter, i predict NZealand will win the series 2-0

  • mushi333 on May 24, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    hope 100% recover & join with us .

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on May 23, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Quite right PaddyRasta1, six good batters and four good bowlers + a keeper/batsman should be plenty - no we just need to find them! Test teams don't have to have an all-rounder as such, other than the keeper-batsman. If one or two of your top order batsmen can be trusted to bowl a few overs - such as Carl Hooper, Viv Richards, Chris Gayle in the past etc, then there should be plenty of options.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 23, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    This is all quite silly really. Bravo just being a squeaky wheel. He certainly cannot justify his place as a batsman only and even less so if he does not bowl. As for calling him a Test all rounder? He isn't a Kallis or Shane Watson. And I do not agree that we need an all rounder in the team. Did England e.g have an all rounder when they were number one? No. To be called an all rounder he has to hold a place in one specialism and be good in the other. He was not bowling in IPL before he left, so even less of a chance in Tests.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on May 23, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Stuff the IPL, Bravo and Pollard need to step up and prove themselves as test cricketers if they are to remembered as good players of the game. That T20 format is nothing but kiddie cricket with bells and whistles. Dwayne Bravo needs to be fully fit before he can be drafted back into the test XI, as does Kemar Roach. Hopefully, both will be able to go when the time comes. Roach especially, has been sorely missed.

  • rayinto on May 22, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Mr Bravo, 80% is not 100% - we need players who are 100% fit - so recover well.

  • sweetiepaper on May 22, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Wish you a full and speedy recovery DJ. We (WI) need a proper firing allrounder in the test team. Continue to play hard, but you and Pollard have to be a more careful. Missed you in the IPL.

  • on May 25, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    @ Collis79 nobody said anything about Dwayne Smith or Kieron Pollard. Bravo is the closest we have to an allrounder and Gayle is still the best attacking batsman we have. Bravo is not yet fully fit so he should sit out until then.

  • Collis79 on May 24, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    WIndies are wasting their time with the likes of Bravo, Gayle, Pollard, Dwayne Smith. These guys do not want to play Tests for the WIndies. Let them stay in the 20/20 and select guys that do want to play for the WIndies with a new management as well. As a WInies supporter, i predict NZealand will win the series 2-0

  • mushi333 on May 24, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    hope 100% recover & join with us .

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on May 23, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Quite right PaddyRasta1, six good batters and four good bowlers + a keeper/batsman should be plenty - no we just need to find them! Test teams don't have to have an all-rounder as such, other than the keeper-batsman. If one or two of your top order batsmen can be trusted to bowl a few overs - such as Carl Hooper, Viv Richards, Chris Gayle in the past etc, then there should be plenty of options.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 23, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    This is all quite silly really. Bravo just being a squeaky wheel. He certainly cannot justify his place as a batsman only and even less so if he does not bowl. As for calling him a Test all rounder? He isn't a Kallis or Shane Watson. And I do not agree that we need an all rounder in the team. Did England e.g have an all rounder when they were number one? No. To be called an all rounder he has to hold a place in one specialism and be good in the other. He was not bowling in IPL before he left, so even less of a chance in Tests.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on May 23, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Stuff the IPL, Bravo and Pollard need to step up and prove themselves as test cricketers if they are to remembered as good players of the game. That T20 format is nothing but kiddie cricket with bells and whistles. Dwayne Bravo needs to be fully fit before he can be drafted back into the test XI, as does Kemar Roach. Hopefully, both will be able to go when the time comes. Roach especially, has been sorely missed.

  • rayinto on May 22, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Mr Bravo, 80% is not 100% - we need players who are 100% fit - so recover well.

  • sweetiepaper on May 22, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Wish you a full and speedy recovery DJ. We (WI) need a proper firing allrounder in the test team. Continue to play hard, but you and Pollard have to be a more careful. Missed you in the IPL.

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  • sweetiepaper on May 22, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Wish you a full and speedy recovery DJ. We (WI) need a proper firing allrounder in the test team. Continue to play hard, but you and Pollard have to be a more careful. Missed you in the IPL.

  • rayinto on May 22, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Mr Bravo, 80% is not 100% - we need players who are 100% fit - so recover well.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on May 23, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Stuff the IPL, Bravo and Pollard need to step up and prove themselves as test cricketers if they are to remembered as good players of the game. That T20 format is nothing but kiddie cricket with bells and whistles. Dwayne Bravo needs to be fully fit before he can be drafted back into the test XI, as does Kemar Roach. Hopefully, both will be able to go when the time comes. Roach especially, has been sorely missed.

  • PaddyRasta2 on May 23, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    This is all quite silly really. Bravo just being a squeaky wheel. He certainly cannot justify his place as a batsman only and even less so if he does not bowl. As for calling him a Test all rounder? He isn't a Kallis or Shane Watson. And I do not agree that we need an all rounder in the team. Did England e.g have an all rounder when they were number one? No. To be called an all rounder he has to hold a place in one specialism and be good in the other. He was not bowling in IPL before he left, so even less of a chance in Tests.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on May 23, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Quite right PaddyRasta1, six good batters and four good bowlers + a keeper/batsman should be plenty - no we just need to find them! Test teams don't have to have an all-rounder as such, other than the keeper-batsman. If one or two of your top order batsmen can be trusted to bowl a few overs - such as Carl Hooper, Viv Richards, Chris Gayle in the past etc, then there should be plenty of options.

  • mushi333 on May 24, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    hope 100% recover & join with us .

  • Collis79 on May 24, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    WIndies are wasting their time with the likes of Bravo, Gayle, Pollard, Dwayne Smith. These guys do not want to play Tests for the WIndies. Let them stay in the 20/20 and select guys that do want to play for the WIndies with a new management as well. As a WInies supporter, i predict NZealand will win the series 2-0

  • on May 25, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    @ Collis79 nobody said anything about Dwayne Smith or Kieron Pollard. Bravo is the closest we have to an allrounder and Gayle is still the best attacking batsman we have. Bravo is not yet fully fit so he should sit out until then.