Badree happy to step in for absent Narine

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West Indies spinner Samuel Badree admits that losing Sunil Narine before the World T20 was a big blow but he is happy to fill the void left by the mystery slow bowler.

Narine had opted not to take part in the global tournament as he continues to work on his remodelled action after being banned since last year November.

A leg-break bowler, Badree has had a mixed bag in the Windies' two games in the tournament so far, going for 34 in four overs against England before turning the tables and taking three for 12 against Sri Lanka.

Badree said: "The absence of Sunil is a big blow to the team. You know how dangerous he is especially in these conditions. Yes, we have talked about someone having to step up the fill those huge shoes.

"I am happy thus far in the tournament I was able to do that quite competently. We have seen in the first couple of games that I have started then I am held back for a couple in the middle as well.

"We have seen how important spin is especially after the Powerplay during the middle overs when the ball is a little bit older."  

West Indies' next game in the tournament is against South Africa in Nagpur on Friday and a win will see the Caribbean side qualify for the semifinals.

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