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Dyson upbeat about Bravo's return

John Dyson believes the return to fitness of allrounder Dwayne Bravo could help his team find the consistency they need to build on their first series win in five years

Cricinfo staff
13-Mar-2009

Dwayne Bravo is returning to the West Indies squad after a long injury layoff © Brooks La Touche
 
John Dyson, the West Indies coach, hopes that Dwayne Bravo's return to the national squad will help his side become consistent and maintain their form after the 1-0 Test series victory against England.
Bravo missed the Tests because he was recovering from ankle surgery but has been named in the squad for the Twenty20 international against England in Trinidad on March 15. "He's always keen and it is great to see that," Dyson told Reuters. "It's terrific to see he is OK and I am really looking forward to him coming back and playing well. He will add another dimension to our team that will hopefully make us that much stronger and more consistent.
"He has regained full fitness, but obviously after being out for a while he needs to regain his feel for international cricket and form. It will be great to have him involved."
Despite their victory against England, Dyson felt that West Indies need to be consistent in order to improve at the international level. "The really good teams are consistent with their performances, we still need to get that with our bowling and the same with the batting," he said.
Although their batsmen battled hard to secure tense draws in Antigua and Trinidad Dyson said a couple of batting spots were still open. "We need Devon Smith to step up in the opening role and put up some really big scores, we need to get someone in the number four spot to get some big scores as well - Ryan Hinds showed some glimpses batting under pressure," he said. "There are a couple of spots that need someone to put up there hand and say 'I am here and I am going to hang on to that spot'."
One of the biggest letdowns in the recent series was Daren Powell who managed only six wickets in four Tests at an average of nearly 70. Dyson, however, backed the bowler. "He [Powell] has to have faith in his ability and work on various aspects of technique that are appropriate to finding the consistency he wants. One of the other difficulties is that when you look at alternatives in the regional competition there are not too many (quick bowlers) throwing up their hands by getting consistent returns."
West Indies have had several improved performances since Dyson took over as coach but he was keen to ensure that the intensity did not drop this time. "Each time we show a glimpse of doing well, the enthusiasm level definitely picks up but then drops back down because perhaps of a loss or bad performance," he said.
"In this series the thing that is consistently mentioned as the most heartening factor of the performances is that the guys are fighting and not falling over like a deck of cards."