Baffled Bravo: I deserve a Test place

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West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo feels he deserves a spot in the Test team after his efforts in limited overs formats, and hopes selectors will come to their senses about his talents.

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo feels he deserves a spot in the Test team after his efforts in limited overs formats, and hopes selectors will come to their senses about his talents.

Bravo, one of the stars of the T20 side in particular, has played 40 Tests for the Windies, but none since facing Sri Lanka in 2010. His efforts were average all round, but he feels the side's current woes leave a space for him to return.

Bravo, currently nursing a shoulder injury picked up in the IPL, told <i>Line and Length</i>: "To be honest I was very disappointed that I was not able to make the Test squad within that time [since 2010].

"In the little time I've played Test cricket, I think I've done good enough to still at least be part of West Indies' Test attack."

He added, jokingly: "From the selectors down to the coach as well, every day I see them, I abuse them. I keep asking what it is I have to do again to be selected.

"Obviously, they can't really give a proper answer so it always finishes off with a small laugh. Nothing really serious comes out of it."

While Bravo averages around 30 with both bat and ball, the Test side in general has not done as well as the shorter format sides. In 2013 they won only two out of seven matches, both against Zimbabwe, and were demolished by New Zealand in December.

The Windies have a chance to return the favour in June when the Black Caps visit the Caribbean, where they will play three Tests. Bravo is confident the players will be able to perform much better in front of home crowds.

He said of the huge defeat in Wellington: "Losing Test matches within three days is something no Test nation would really like to see. As a West Indian player to see that happening and know that I'm not able to actually contribute or be a part of it is really disheartening.

"But I think we will be a very difficult team to beat at home if we get the right combination and right players selected."

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