Bravo: We need to bat well, twice

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West Indies Cricketer of the Year Darren Bravo, speaking at the awards ceremony this week, feels the Test side needs to make sure they are more consistent with the bat in the first Test against New Zealand in Jamaica.

West Indies Cricketer of the Year Darren Bravo, speaking at the awards ceremony this week, feels the Test side needs to make sure they are more consistent with the bat in the first Test against New Zealand in Jamaica.

Bravo felt that while they may bat well once in a match, the other innings is not normally as good, and they need to make sure that they put themselves in winning positions and stay there, rather than faltering later in the game.

Bravo told WICB Media: "Their (New Zealand) bowling attack has been doing very well over the last couple of years. We don't normally bat well twice in a Test.

"At times we tend to get a decent score in the first innings and falter in the second or the other way around. That is something we need to rectify. When our batsmen get starts we need to carry on and get big scores."

Bravo then went on to extol the virtues of Windies legend Sir Garry Sobers, who had spent time with the team at their training camp recently. The batsman said Sobers had advised him to look for scoring opportunities at all times.

Bravo explained: "He singled out that I should be able to play all around the wicket. At times the opposition will block your strong area. So you could take those same deliveries and play it through midwicket.

"You set the field for yourself, rather than let the opposition dictate your pace. I will be looking to do that in this series."

He added: "It's something I will cherish for the rest of my life. When he left the camp I really started missing him.

"He eased my mind as much as possible and he was in the nets working on some technical areas and also sharing a laugh. Wonderful sharing a week and a half with him."

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