Taylor ‘brings great depth and leadership to the team’, says Dwayne Bravo

"Ross is one of the best players in the game"

“Ross is one of the best players in the game”

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Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo has announced that New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor “brings great depth and leadership to the team”.

Bravo also had some kind words for Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien after he and Taylor broke the CPL record for the highest partnership with their 145-run stand against the Antigua Hawksbills on July 20.

“Ross is one of the best players in the game,” Bravo said. “We’ve seen it over the last couple years with New Zealand in various formats and even in the last CPL. He brings great depth and leadership to the team and it’s something I very much welcome.

“We all know what he’s [O’Brien] capable of and he’s showing it. Last year he did it also. Our batting is more assured with him, Ross and my brother [Darren Bravo] all settled now. We feel very comfortable together.”

Bravo added that it was great to be back after he missed a majority of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the West Indies’ recent home series against New Zealand due to a shoulder injury.

“I’m feeling much better now and I’m ready to deliver,” he said. “I know last year in the CPL, I got some stick for my death bowling but this year we’re playing much better cricket and enjoying it. With guys like Ross and Kevin at the helm with me, I think we have the right blend of youth and experience.”

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