Bravo hails Lara insight

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Batsman Darren Bravo has acknowledged the positive influence of former captain Brian Lara, after steering the West Indies to a commanding position on day two of the second Test against New Zealand on Tuesday.

Batsman Darren Bravo has acknowledged the positive influence of former captain Brian Lara, after steering the West Indies to a commanding position on day two of the second Test against New Zealand on Tuesday.

Bravo and fellow centurion Kraigg Brathwaite carried the hosts to a formidable total of 310 for five – and lead of 89 – in reply to the visitors' 221 all out at Queen's Park Oval.

"Before the start of the Test match, Lara had a 10-minute chat with me, gave me some sort of advice," said Bravo. "He just told me that it's very important that I concentrate as much as possible.

"He had been looking at me bat for quite some time and he believed my concentration tended to lack a little bit. He told me that whenever I get past 30, my average tends to be in the high 70s and stuff.

"All he was trying to say was that whenever you get a start, it's very important to carry on. I listen to him, whenever he gives me advice, I really look into the information deeply. It is a great feeling and I want to thank him very, very much."

The right-handed Brathwaite recorded 129 to the left-handed Bravo's 109. They shared two dozen boundaries and a quartet of handsome sixes, cherishing a fine 182-run alliance inside 49 overs for the fourth wicket.

"We lost the first game, the batters didn't do well. So obviously coming in as opener, my job was to just give it a foundation and then eventually go on and get a big score," added Brathwaite.

"The ball was doing a lot, especially early, I wanted to get through that period, as it becomes a lot easier, and stay positive all the time. In team meetings, we said we wanted to get 100-run partnerships and 50-run partnerships and we did it."

Batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and nightwatchman Kemar Roach will resume on four not out and zero not out respectively on Wednesday.

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