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West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has announced that the national team have to bat well during both innings of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand if they want to have any chance of defeating them.
“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,” Bravo said. “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 has been preparing for the series at a training camp in Barbados, where he got the opportunity to meet legendary West Indies batsman Sir Garfield Sobers and learn from the master.
Bravo revealed that Sobers told him to keep looking for scoring opportunities instead of allowing the bowler to gain the upper hand.
“He singled out that I should be able to play all around the wicket,” Bravo said. “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.
“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.”
When New Zealand and the West Indies last met in December, Bravo scored a career-best 218 in the first Test in Dunedin, which saved the West Indies from being defeated. However they still ended up losing the series 2-0.
“It was a great innings down in New Zealand, my first time there,” he said. “We were staring at the jaws of defeat and I went out there and put up my hand and did the job for my team. That was something to feel good about.”