Bravo quits New Zealand tour

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Batsman Darren Bravo has left the West Indies' tour of New Zealand due to personal reasons.

Batsman Darren Bravo has left the West Indies' tour of New Zealand due to personal reasons.

Bravo scored a mere 14 in a two-wicket win in the first ODI earlier this week, but will not be available for the remainder of the five-match series.

The Windies, who have also lost all-rounder Marlon Samuels and opener Chris Gayle to respective wrist and hamstring injuries, will not call up a replacement.

Fast bowler Jason Holder, meanwhile, is eager to capitalise on the momentum gained at Eden Park in Auckland.

Holder, opening the attack alongside fellow right-armer Ravi Rampaul, snared two key wickets in a low total, which the visitors later surpassed with 135 deliveries to spare.

"Winning the opening ODI was a good start. We're right where we want to be. The spirits are lifted and the mood has changed. We're more positive. I enjoyed bowling with Ravi as we both know how crucial those early overs are," said Holder.

"Ravi got two early in the last game and it was my job to keep it tight. I came back for my second spell and got a couple wickets so I'm enjoying the dynamic between Ravi and myself."

The second ODI will get underway in Napier on Sunday. Queenstown, Nelson and Hamilton will host fixtures three, four and five respectively. Two Twenty20 Internationals will follow.

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