World T20 2014 March 19, 2014

Bravo wants batting promotion

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Dwayne Bravo wants to bat higher in West Indies' order as they aim to defend their World T20 title with Sunday's opener against India looming. Bravo, who hit 43 off 31 balls in the warm-up win over Sri Lanka, believes that a move up will allow him his desired role as the fulcrum of the West Indies' middle-order.

"In this format of the game, I always fancy myself batting higher and as early as possible to give myself that extra time to get set and take the game right down to the end [of the innings]," he said. "Obviously, we have a lot of power-hitters in our line-up but my role is to hold the middle and help us lay a good foundation."

Bravo pointed to Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell as the batsmen he would be able to take on the responsibility of big-hitting as he felt his best role was as a "stabiliser" in the team. He praised the openers, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith, for relieving the pressure off the middle-order and thinks they will be a key duo, particularly by allowing him to bat freely in the crease.

However, Bravo added that all the batsmen were high on confidence after series win at home against England, followed by warm-up wins against England and Sri Lanka in Bangladesh, and thinks that his team have already adjusted to the World T20 conditions.

"It's good to win these practice games and we're looking forward to Sunday [against India]. We left the Caribbean after winning the series against England with good momentum and after these warm-ups, we feel confident and reassured as these are the conditions we'll be playing the big games in. We expect the conditions to be good for batting. It's a bit on the slower side so try not to be predictable as a bowler.

Bravo also said that while focus would be placed on their spin bowlers, one player who would be a huge asset would be left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie for his variations, swing and slower-balls. Bravo believed that Santokie, coupled with Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine, was one of their most formidable T20 bowling attacks to date.

West Indies, though, are aware of the dangers of becoming complacent but added that their experience in T20 cricket would counter this, especially as the core of the 2012 title-winning squad was still intact.

"Compared to the last World Cup, this one is harder as it is fewer games and we are in a tough group," he said. "We still have most of our players [from 2012] and we're not going to get ahead of ourselves. But we're playing good cricket and once we continue to show this form, we'll fancy our chances to defend the title. It might be the last World Cup for some of us in this format of the game."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • on March 23, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Russell is one all rounder too much...they need a good batter. Why is smith still in the team?

  • tutorial on March 21, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    @ Abiose How easily people forget!!! Samuels, Ramdin, Simmons and Bravo are proper batsman/ cricketer, Bravo is a more consistent allrounder than Sammy in all formats, when youngsters want to learn how to bat they must look at Samuels, the way he moves his front foot and follow through with bat is rear,hard to find that in WI cricket today, the rest with the exception of the above named are all "wanna be baseball hitters" three strikes you out,Sarwan would've been a great pick for this team even Deonarine but selectors want muscles not strategy(BRAINS) besides Sarwan would've been the better caption.

  • on March 21, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Really,Bravo should be sent home! That's what you get when mediocrity is promoted to captaincy! The w I have gone that way recently! He should be banned and stripped of the captaincy. He should not be in a position to against discriminate Samuels,as Lara was! That was evident in a recent one dayer when he put Samuels to bat after himself,Simmons and Ramdin. I will be very careful in giving the captaincy to a Trinidadian. Pollard is the best and most balanced thinker around right now but,I will be very careful.

  • abiose on March 21, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    How shallow is our memory. Did you people forget the last tournament finals where Samuels assaulted the world best bowler and brought it home? Who else on this side can counter good spin bowling.... gimme a name!!!

  • simonviller on March 21, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    What's the point of a brisk start by Gayle and Smith ,if the next batsman in plays an inordinate amount of dot balls before scoring ,in this format ? This holds true whether it's Samuels or whom ever .The drop in scoring rate is too drastic from three to four and this will evident against the stronger teams .WI must at least rotate the strike better during this period .

  • wahabkhattak on March 21, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Bravo deserve what he's demanding.

  • on March 20, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Samuels and Gayle batted in the super over in last World Cup . Brutal analyst was asleep! Pollard observed that Samuels was the go to player . Stats don't lie. Check the records of Samuels, Simmons and Bravo. And speak the truth.

  • on March 20, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Sarwan should be in this team instead of Russell he is just a passenger . Sarwan has a lot to offer West Indies cricket and he can rotate the strike like Simmons , he should be the number 3 batsmen , but butts and co have different idea .my team would be Gayle , smith , Sarwan , Samuels , Simmons ,bravo ,ramdin, Sammy ,Narine , badree , Santokie / Rampaul .thats a damn good eleven an squad .batsmen can change as situation calls for but SARS and Simmons can both rotate and different times while the big hitters do their thing , we got a good team and good luck to them .

  • on March 20, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Brutal analyst is a trini. Simple as that. They will break up anything in the w I to have there way. Like Eric Williams the federation,Brian Lara,theWI team. Don't be surprise to find Brian Lara is behind this Bravo move. The real aim is to be back on the test team. he cannot bat nor bowl. Be is simply a beneficiary of Lara's nepotism. Samuels batted at 3 in the last World Cup and was the best W I batsman! He has a better record than all the Trinidadians. Strike and average combined. Bravo feels he has power now. He should be removed from the o d I captaincy. He is far below the class of Marlon Samuels,a premier batsman. He should ask to bat higher for his I p l team. Ha ha ha!

  • jimmyvida on March 20, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    OK Bravo, you've got it. Open the batting with Gayle. Problem solved.

  • on March 23, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Russell is one all rounder too much...they need a good batter. Why is smith still in the team?

  • tutorial on March 21, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    @ Abiose How easily people forget!!! Samuels, Ramdin, Simmons and Bravo are proper batsman/ cricketer, Bravo is a more consistent allrounder than Sammy in all formats, when youngsters want to learn how to bat they must look at Samuels, the way he moves his front foot and follow through with bat is rear,hard to find that in WI cricket today, the rest with the exception of the above named are all "wanna be baseball hitters" three strikes you out,Sarwan would've been a great pick for this team even Deonarine but selectors want muscles not strategy(BRAINS) besides Sarwan would've been the better caption.

  • on March 21, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Really,Bravo should be sent home! That's what you get when mediocrity is promoted to captaincy! The w I have gone that way recently! He should be banned and stripped of the captaincy. He should not be in a position to against discriminate Samuels,as Lara was! That was evident in a recent one dayer when he put Samuels to bat after himself,Simmons and Ramdin. I will be very careful in giving the captaincy to a Trinidadian. Pollard is the best and most balanced thinker around right now but,I will be very careful.

  • abiose on March 21, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    How shallow is our memory. Did you people forget the last tournament finals where Samuels assaulted the world best bowler and brought it home? Who else on this side can counter good spin bowling.... gimme a name!!!

  • simonviller on March 21, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    What's the point of a brisk start by Gayle and Smith ,if the next batsman in plays an inordinate amount of dot balls before scoring ,in this format ? This holds true whether it's Samuels or whom ever .The drop in scoring rate is too drastic from three to four and this will evident against the stronger teams .WI must at least rotate the strike better during this period .

  • wahabkhattak on March 21, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Bravo deserve what he's demanding.

  • on March 20, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Samuels and Gayle batted in the super over in last World Cup . Brutal analyst was asleep! Pollard observed that Samuels was the go to player . Stats don't lie. Check the records of Samuels, Simmons and Bravo. And speak the truth.

  • on March 20, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Sarwan should be in this team instead of Russell he is just a passenger . Sarwan has a lot to offer West Indies cricket and he can rotate the strike like Simmons , he should be the number 3 batsmen , but butts and co have different idea .my team would be Gayle , smith , Sarwan , Samuels , Simmons ,bravo ,ramdin, Sammy ,Narine , badree , Santokie / Rampaul .thats a damn good eleven an squad .batsmen can change as situation calls for but SARS and Simmons can both rotate and different times while the big hitters do their thing , we got a good team and good luck to them .

  • on March 20, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Brutal analyst is a trini. Simple as that. They will break up anything in the w I to have there way. Like Eric Williams the federation,Brian Lara,theWI team. Don't be surprise to find Brian Lara is behind this Bravo move. The real aim is to be back on the test team. he cannot bat nor bowl. Be is simply a beneficiary of Lara's nepotism. Samuels batted at 3 in the last World Cup and was the best W I batsman! He has a better record than all the Trinidadians. Strike and average combined. Bravo feels he has power now. He should be removed from the o d I captaincy. He is far below the class of Marlon Samuels,a premier batsman. He should ask to bat higher for his I p l team. Ha ha ha!

  • jimmyvida on March 20, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    OK Bravo, you've got it. Open the batting with Gayle. Problem solved.

  • on March 20, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Bravo knock it off! This is definitely not behaviour becoming of a former West Indies captain. This is supposed to be discussed in the locker room and particularly with the coach. How is this type of behaviour going to help your relationship with Samuels?

    ...and Brendan Nash and Narsingh Deonarine were done dirty by the WICB (i refuse to let that grudge go lol)

  • on March 20, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    @BRUTANALYST - I am not a Marlon Samuels fan, I actually am disappointed in some of the off-field drama which most people may not be fully aware of but that is another matter. Based on what I have seen of WI team, and getting the best out of every player, in my opinion it would be pointless to have him bat at 6 or lower. People look at Srike Rate in T20s and contrary to what you all say of Marlon, he has a strike rate of 130. In addition, his average is 31, one of the best in WI in T20s. I never thought I would be defending Samuels :) Why try to fix something that isn't broke? His scores in the last two years at an average strike rate of 133 has been 15, 28, 69*, 16, 25, 85, 78, 26, 24, 50, 50, 4. With 3 out of those half centuries coming in the last WT20. If that is not justification for Marlon at #3 then I don't know what is.

  • JoshFromJamRock on March 20, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST, you are right about Samuels not being #3 material but I doubt the team will make any changes at this point. In any case he hasn't done awfully bad to warrant a lineup change but his inadequacies at #3 are quite obvious. As a big hitter, Samuels would be ranked behind Gayle, Smith, Sammy and Russell. As a stabilizer who can rotate the strike effectively he also trails Bravo, Ramdin and Simmons in that regard. Samuels isn't very good at either one but as you said its best he has a swing at the end rather than come in early and waste balls that Bravo, Ramdin and Simmons would at least attempt to score a single or two from.

  • BRUTALANALYST on March 20, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    @Pedro Greaves Sorry but there is no time for a no3 to get himself in in T20 especially v sides like Australia and India. He looked useless v England even in the game he made 40 he wasted 7 overs he got half his runs from 5 balls v Dernbach at the end which shows he can finish, that's all he's good for in this format and he has to do it from ball 1 hence why he should be used as finisher where he has to play that way so he doesn't waste so much time "getting himself in" He is incapable of regularly rotating strike like Simmons an Bravo or clearing the ropes as easily as Smith Gayle and Simmons so it's the best interest for the team he comes at the end.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    @ BRUTANALYST- Samuels is not a finisher, he is one of those players where he needs to get in first. Samuels is the #3 batsmen. 20 overs is more overs than we think, it is enough to build an innings. Simmons yes is an opening batsmen by nature but since he has come into the side he has demonstrated that he is a quality player to have in the middle. His last scores batting at 4 or 5 in recent games have been 69, 19, 70, 65, 9, 43, 34, 12, 62, 29. I think that Simmons should continue to bat in the middle as he has the temperament to bat long, I believe that he should look to take Deonarine's spot in the middle of the Test team as well.

  • on March 20, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    There is some merit to what Bravo is saying. T20 cricket is played on the day. Anyone can be promoted given the situation of the game. There is also a difference in how you go about setting a total as against how you chase a total. If Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle bats 10 overs we can even send Russell or Bravo at 3. If 2 batsmen are out and 5 overs remain we can look at sending Sammy followed by Russell. However, the set batting order should read; C. Gayle, D. Smith, M. Samuels, L. Simmons, D. Bravo, D. Sammy, A. Russell, D. Ramdin, S. Narine, S. Badree, K. Santokie. Of course if we lose early wickets Ramdin can be promoted as well. Sammy has been dubbed the finisher and correctly so but what if he gets in with 10 overs to go. I shudder to think what he can do with the freedom of knowing he has quality batsmen left to come. By the way, Darren Sammy has done only what Clive Lloyd managed to do as captain of a WI team... Win a world cup. Backing West Indies to retain the cup.

  • BRUTALANALYST on March 20, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    1.Gayle 2.Smith 3.Simmons ( he usually opens so 3 is best place if there's early wicket he's at home in the opening overs, also in great form) 4. Bravo ( probably the best batsman in the side both sides of the pitch also rotating strike) 5/6/7 You can pick between Sammy Samuels and Russell if there are 3 very early wickets you'd stick Ramdin in.

    The way Sammy is batting W.I want to try and get him in for 5 overs minimum becuase if he bats those without getting out you'll likely win the game if he goes then Samuels and Russell Ramdin can all do their thing.

  • on March 20, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    WI has a strong batting line up for this format but I worry about the pacemen. WI for me have the spin attack. If they get out of this group the trophy could be coming back to the West Indies.

  • heartyCricketer on March 20, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    @Ms.Cricket . Bravo has always performed whenever WI was in need of him. He plays to the situation and is an incredible hitter. Its always better to your best players play up the order so what's wrong in bravo asking for batting up the order ??

  • anver777 on March 20, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    WI T20 team is back on track & they're one of the favorites again this year !!!! a good allround team with some exciting natural talent, ideally suited for T20 format.

  • on March 20, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    This is for internal discussions Mr. Bravo. Why does everything have to come out in public. Discuss this with team and management please. Then again, there is a possiblity that you are being sucessful because of where you are currently placed. Think about it.

  • Ms.Cricket on March 20, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Bravo is being greedy. He is very talented however he has performed only once every many innings.

  • wirus on March 20, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    This is T20. The best team may very well NOT win this tournament. All WI can do is stick to what they know works best for them and hope for the best. If they play out of their skins, they are likely to win most matches. But the truth is that this form of cricket can turn on one bad umpiring decision, one big over or just one piece of luck. So if they are not able to defend the title, they must at least give it their all, which I'm sure they will. In this format Sammy's leadership and example are key. Win or lose, there's lots more cricket to be played this year including test cricket, hopefully under new captaincy and hopefully seeing the return of Roach and crucially Taylor and also perhaps Dwayne Bravo too. So enjoy the T20 but keep it in perspective.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on March 20, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    The West Indies T20 record for 13/14 played 12 for 6 wins 6 losses,...... maybe consistency should come in at 5.

  • BRUTALANALYST on March 20, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Simmons and Bravo should be at 3 and 4 no question. They're the best batsman in most form and neither ever get tied down like Samuels. Samuels should be used at the end alongside Sammy and Russell as a finishers if there are 3 early wickets I'd send in Ramdin at 5. This should be obvious tactics to anyone who follows the game closely.

  • delboy on March 20, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Sammy is the ideal foil to have with at least 5 overs left and preferably 50 or less to get with 5 wickets down. He is the finisher no team want at the wicket with more than 30 balls to go.

  • siddhartha87 on March 20, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Sammy is underusing himself.He should come at no 5 and destroy the opposition bowling.

  • jahbert58 on March 20, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Bravo please calm down. just so happened to be making a few runs lately surely your batting style still leave alot tobe desired. you way too much aerial shots. keep on doing the hard work and less antic on the field.

  • crickpro on March 20, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Bravo should not even be in the team!! He experiments too much when bowling, his batting is slashing, he slogs at every thing!!! until he can get back to the basics of bowling and batting then he deserves to be on the team!!!

  • rayinto on March 20, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo is the new Chanderpaul? Ambitious but interesting!

  • Insightful2013 on March 20, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    So according to Bravo's logic, Windies have a winning formula for once and he feels it's necessary to change it? That's epic! Windies have been doing so well over the last decade, that when a possible winning balance has been struck, that;s the appropriate time to make some modifications. Say no more!

  • on March 20, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    He's at five yes? And he is a hitter and it is 20/20 and he can be promoted if necessary yes? But he wants to bat higher? And give the opposition the looming threat of his impact away by getting out early with Gayle? Okay let me process this? Okay, as an opposition fan I would like to agree: Promote him. After all, Pollard isn't playing and when he is he is soooo reliable. 8-)

  • TAJY on March 20, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    Bravo would remain in the middle order to provide solidity while the hard hitting batsmen go before and after him. He's far from the best hitter in the team so he can't go higher up the order. His temperament is calmer than the other hot-heads in the lineup so he's less likely to throw his wicket away. But he's really just a fail-safe if there is a quick collapse at the top order. Wouldn't make sense to move him

  • JoshFromJamRock on March 20, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    He's right. He has always made his better innings whenever he's either batted in the top 4 or has had to come in early with lots of overs to settle. For this tournament its best he stays at 5 though because his experience and calmness will be needed. As a WI fan I do get a great sense of assurance whenever Bravo and Sammy are at the crease together whether setting a target or chasing one. Bravo at 5 and Sammy at 6 is best for the team. Russell and Ramdin can be used as a "pinch-hitter" and "pinch-anchor" respectively when the need arises.

    On the side note though, why isn't the "containing and wicket-taking" trio of Narine, Badree and Santokie not tried in ODIs?

    I wouldn't mind the ODI side looking like this:

    1)Gayle 2)Smith 3)Samuels 4)Simmons 5)Bravo 6)Sammy 7)Ramdin 8)Narine 9)Miller 10)Badree 11)Santokie

    Substitutes: Holder, Rampaul, Roach and Russell.

    Its spin dominant but surely the slow and turning pitches of the Caribbean would suit them.

  • on March 19, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Sure Bravo you can hold hold together an inning better than Samuels or Simmonds. Maybe open the batting? keep your comments for odi cricket where u can choose to bat higher(as Captain) and don't.

  • on March 19, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    This is how the line up should be:

    Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Bravo, Simmons, Ramdin, Sammy, Narine, Badree, Rampaul, Santokie. Russell can play in place of Rampaul/ Santokie depending on conditions.

  • jb633 on March 19, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    Bravo should come in at 3 for me. Having Gayle and Smith at the top is great as if one of them fires WI are automatically in the box seat. Against top quality bowling I think Bravo should come in at 3, he bats at the correct tempo. If Bravo comes at 3 it will provide WI with the base from which guys like Sammy and Russel can slog without the fear of getting out. WI, along with Aus, are the most complete t20 side but I still feel there is a collapse in them. If Bravo comes in at 3 the risk will be hugely reduced.

  • tutorial on March 19, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    I say let him bat up the order surely ahead of these guys, Fletcher, Russell,Charles and Sammy who are the weak links in this team, they are not dependable cricketers in ever aspect, but selectors made THEIR choice, its going to come down to these guys in an important match and they're going to fail badly like the always do, Smith and Gayle has been doing good in the warm up games lets hope the continue after all to win games players have to be very CONSISTENT,Smith could make 60 runs today duck tomorrow,and everyone act or go on as if nothing ever happen...this is the continuous behavior for selectors and head coach Gibson so as a result you have the DETERIORATION of WI cricket.

  • kenos on March 19, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    A worthwhile suggestion. Since Darren Bravo is not in the squad, Dwayne Bravo has to be the batsman to provide stability in the middle. But Andre Russell is a problem. His economy rate is not acceptable, and there has to be serious thought about including him as a batsman in the early stages of the tournament when it may be assumed that Gayle, Smith, Bravo, Simmons, Samuels Sammy and Ramdin have the skills and the firepower to make the most of twenty overs. The problems are likely to arise with the bowling if we do not decide in advance that Sammy and Bravo are fixtures; Narine is permanent; and the other three full-time bowlers have to be selected by rotation over the course of the tournament. I doubt that we will want to or be able to stick with Santokie, Badree and Rampaul throughout.

  • on March 19, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    we firing on all cylinders..why change it..play your part..no I in team

  • BigINDFan on March 19, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Pollard is missing which is a big blow but this is a strong WI team. I am a big Ind fan and want Ind to win the title but if they do not make it to the semis then WI is my next favorite. Sunday's game will be win win for a fan like me.

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  • BigINDFan on March 19, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Pollard is missing which is a big blow but this is a strong WI team. I am a big Ind fan and want Ind to win the title but if they do not make it to the semis then WI is my next favorite. Sunday's game will be win win for a fan like me.

  • on March 19, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    we firing on all cylinders..why change it..play your part..no I in team

  • kenos on March 19, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    A worthwhile suggestion. Since Darren Bravo is not in the squad, Dwayne Bravo has to be the batsman to provide stability in the middle. But Andre Russell is a problem. His economy rate is not acceptable, and there has to be serious thought about including him as a batsman in the early stages of the tournament when it may be assumed that Gayle, Smith, Bravo, Simmons, Samuels Sammy and Ramdin have the skills and the firepower to make the most of twenty overs. The problems are likely to arise with the bowling if we do not decide in advance that Sammy and Bravo are fixtures; Narine is permanent; and the other three full-time bowlers have to be selected by rotation over the course of the tournament. I doubt that we will want to or be able to stick with Santokie, Badree and Rampaul throughout.

  • tutorial on March 19, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    I say let him bat up the order surely ahead of these guys, Fletcher, Russell,Charles and Sammy who are the weak links in this team, they are not dependable cricketers in ever aspect, but selectors made THEIR choice, its going to come down to these guys in an important match and they're going to fail badly like the always do, Smith and Gayle has been doing good in the warm up games lets hope the continue after all to win games players have to be very CONSISTENT,Smith could make 60 runs today duck tomorrow,and everyone act or go on as if nothing ever happen...this is the continuous behavior for selectors and head coach Gibson so as a result you have the DETERIORATION of WI cricket.

  • jb633 on March 19, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    Bravo should come in at 3 for me. Having Gayle and Smith at the top is great as if one of them fires WI are automatically in the box seat. Against top quality bowling I think Bravo should come in at 3, he bats at the correct tempo. If Bravo comes at 3 it will provide WI with the base from which guys like Sammy and Russel can slog without the fear of getting out. WI, along with Aus, are the most complete t20 side but I still feel there is a collapse in them. If Bravo comes in at 3 the risk will be hugely reduced.

  • on March 19, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    This is how the line up should be:

    Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Bravo, Simmons, Ramdin, Sammy, Narine, Badree, Rampaul, Santokie. Russell can play in place of Rampaul/ Santokie depending on conditions.

  • on March 19, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Sure Bravo you can hold hold together an inning better than Samuels or Simmonds. Maybe open the batting? keep your comments for odi cricket where u can choose to bat higher(as Captain) and don't.

  • JoshFromJamRock on March 20, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    He's right. He has always made his better innings whenever he's either batted in the top 4 or has had to come in early with lots of overs to settle. For this tournament its best he stays at 5 though because his experience and calmness will be needed. As a WI fan I do get a great sense of assurance whenever Bravo and Sammy are at the crease together whether setting a target or chasing one. Bravo at 5 and Sammy at 6 is best for the team. Russell and Ramdin can be used as a "pinch-hitter" and "pinch-anchor" respectively when the need arises.

    On the side note though, why isn't the "containing and wicket-taking" trio of Narine, Badree and Santokie not tried in ODIs?

    I wouldn't mind the ODI side looking like this:

    1)Gayle 2)Smith 3)Samuels 4)Simmons 5)Bravo 6)Sammy 7)Ramdin 8)Narine 9)Miller 10)Badree 11)Santokie

    Substitutes: Holder, Rampaul, Roach and Russell.

    Its spin dominant but surely the slow and turning pitches of the Caribbean would suit them.

  • TAJY on March 20, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    Bravo would remain in the middle order to provide solidity while the hard hitting batsmen go before and after him. He's far from the best hitter in the team so he can't go higher up the order. His temperament is calmer than the other hot-heads in the lineup so he's less likely to throw his wicket away. But he's really just a fail-safe if there is a quick collapse at the top order. Wouldn't make sense to move him

  • on March 20, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    He's at five yes? And he is a hitter and it is 20/20 and he can be promoted if necessary yes? But he wants to bat higher? And give the opposition the looming threat of his impact away by getting out early with Gayle? Okay let me process this? Okay, as an opposition fan I would like to agree: Promote him. After all, Pollard isn't playing and when he is he is soooo reliable. 8-)