Bravo wants to score faster
Gros Islet, St Lucia- West Indies middle-order batsman Darren Bravo played well for a half-century in Saturday's 1st Digicel One Day International but admitted he could have scored faster.
Bravo said he will be going back to the drawing board and it is his aim to get better in the upcoming four Digicel One Dayers and two Digicel Tests.
The left-hander got 67 off 109 balls, with a four and a six off back-to-back deliveries, as the Windies reached 221 for 7 off their 50 overs. Pakistan replied with 222 for 2 off 41.3 overs to comprehensively win by eight wickets and take a 1-0 lead.
"I wasn't as fluent as I would have liked. There was a lot of spin and I wasn't able to rotate the strike the way I'm accustomed. I have to fix that. I have to put that right. I have to find a way to turn over the strike in the middle overs and keep the innings going," he said.
"Earlier this year in Sri Lanka we faced a lot of spin as well and I was able to keep the scoreboard ticking. I will go back into the nets and do some more work and fix it.
"The Pakistan spinners bowled some good balls, but to be a great player you have to find a way to score off the good balls not just the bad balls. There is a lot of cricket to play still - we have four more ODIs and two Tests and I have many opportunities to perform for the team and the people of the West Indies."
Bravo said he is still confident that he will do well and the Windies will rebound from Saturday's defeat.
"I'm in a confident mood. I'm in a positive frame of mind. I will back myself to do the job for the team in the upcoming matches. As a group we believe we can do well against the Pakistanis and take the Series. We are putting in the work and we're hungry for success."
Squad for 1st and 2nd Digicel ODIs: Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo (Vice Captain), Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith
Team Management Unit: Ottis Gibson (Head Coach), Richie Richardson (Team Manager), David Williams (Assistant Coach), Desmond Haynes (Batting Consultant), C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist), Hector Martinez Charles (Strength & Conditioning Co-ordinator), Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst), Philip Spooner (Media Manager), Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)
Digicel Series Schedule
Digicel ODI Series
April 25: Second Digicel ODI – Beausejour Cricket Ground
April 28: Third Digicel ODI – Kensington Oval
May 2: Fourth Digicel ODI – Kensington Oval
May 5: Fifth Digicel ODI – Guyana National Stadium
May 8-9: Two-day practice match – Bourda Cricket Ground
May 12-16: First Digicel Test – Guyana National Stadium
May 20-24: Second Digicel Test – Warner Park