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Darren Bravo wants to make his starts count

Darren Bravo (left) wants to score big in the tri-series.
Darren Bravo (left) wants to score big in the tri-series.
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West Indies batsman Darren Bravo regrets that he has not converted his starts and is keen to get a big score for the team in the fifth match of the ongoing tri-series against Australia.

Bravo has so far scored 30 and 19 in the two games of the tri-series and in both the games he settled down nicely before giving his wicket away.

While admitting that he should have stayed at the crease along with Kieron Pollard to see the team through to victory in the first game, Bravo is looking to capitalise on the batting conditions in St Kitts.

“To be quite honest, I think in the first game in Guyana, I had a particular role that I was supposed to play. I think I played that role pretty well.

“I wanted to bring home the game with Kieron Pollard.

“Having said that, in the second game against Australia, I had another good start and gave it away.
“So that is something I need to improve on as quickly as possible.

“Hopefully in this game, weather conditions are much better for batting, I can get another start and carry on to get a big one for the team.”

Currently, Bravo is playing at the number three position in the batting line-up which gives him ample time to settle down and set up a platform for the famed power-hitters of the West Indies lower order.

With an attacking set of opening batsmen and power hitters down the order, Bravo reckons that players like him and Marlon Samuels should take the responsibility of anchoring the game through the middle overs.

“If we look at the structure of our team, the openers are very attacking.

“I think our strength in the batting is obviously in the lower order with the likes of Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder.

“It is very important for myself and Marlon (Samuels) set up the game nicely for the back end.

“Having said that, as long as we bat through the entire 50 overs, we are going to get a very competitive total.

“At the end of the day if you want to get to a very good score, the top four batsmen have to put runs on the board.”

After two games in the tri-series, West Indies are positioned third in the points table with one win and a negative net run rate of -0.904.

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