Bravo 'rallying around' Ramdin

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ODI captain Dwayne Bravo has pledged plenty of support to new Test skipper Denesh Ramdin, ahead of a tough series against New Zealand.

ODI captain Dwayne Bravo has pledged plenty of support to new Test skipper Denesh Ramdin, ahead of a tough series against New Zealand.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Ramdin succeed Darren Sammy earlier this year.

Sammy lost the ODI leadership to Bravo last year and the Test helm this month – and has since retired from the longest format of the international game, but will continue to lead the T20I unit.

"This is a very important time in West Indies cricket and Denesh needs all the support he can get in order to take us forward. It is not going to be an easy task leading the West Indies but the players can make it easier by rallying around the captain," said Bravo.

"I have enjoyed good relationships with all the players and I am going to do my part to make sure that they give Denesh their fullest support. We have the guys in our ranks to take West Indies to a series victory and we intend to do just that when we go out there."

The 30-year-old Bravo has not played Test match cricket since December 2010 – but is pushing for a recall on the back of fine stretch of form at limited-overs level.

"Ever since I was a little boy I dreamed of playing for the West Indies. I also dreamed of being West Indies captain and now it has happened, I am going to grasp it with both hands and make full use of the opportunity," added Bravo.

The Windies and Black Caps will meet for three Tests – in Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana and two Twenty20 Internationals – in Dominica – between 8 June and 6 July.

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