Bravo: Windies must cut loose

  • Last Updated: March 4 2014, 18:27 GMT

The West Indies are hinting that all-out attack may be the best remedy for their top-order problems against England's spinners.

Dwayne Bravo: Looking for a fast start
Dwayne Bravo: Looking for a fast start

Twice in a one-day international series to be decided at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Wednesday, West Indies have faltered significantly batting first.

Part-time off-spinner Joe Root has been conspicuously successful, in fact, with the new ball.

It has therefore fallen to Windies captain Dwayne Bravo to put things right in the middle order, something he did especially well in the hosts' opening victory at this same venue.

He does not deny his team were taken off guard by England's unexpected tactics in deploying Root and then Moeen Ali so early.

"That definitely played on our mind," he said.

"It caught us by surprise ... and we were not able to counteract it, or come up with a gameplan against it."

The West Indies will be ready this time, though, in a match to be played on the same strip used for the first two - one which has favoured spin throughout.

"I know England are going to do it again," said Bravo.

"So our batters need to give themselves the opportunity to be themselves, be flamboyant, play fearless and put England under some pressure.

"If we get off to a good start ... we finish games well.

"We have very good lower-order batting, but it's the start that has given us the problem.

"So if we can do well in that first 10 overs, don't allow England to control the game early on, we can take it from there."

To that end, Bravo is hoping key batsman Marlon Samuels is fit to return - probably at the expense of out-of-form number three Kirk Edwards.

Samuels would also add an extra spin option, alongside frontline pair Sunil Narine and Nikita Miller.

"Marlon is in consideration for selection. That's a bonus for us," said Bravo.

"He will definitely be a key with his batting and bowling as well."

Whether Samuels recovers from his groin injury in time or not, Bravo knows more runs on the board are a must to help him then unleash unconventional off-spinner Narine to best effect.

"We definitely need to bat better," he said. "If we can put a better total on the board, we can make a better game of it.

"[Narine] is a bowler most teams struggle to play, not only England. Even India, Sri Lanka ... they all struggle.

"He's a handful, and we're happy to have him in our squad.

"But at the same time, we can't leave it all up to him. It's a total team effort.

"If we don't have enough runs, then Narine is no value. We need to have runs on the board to give him the opportunity to deliver for us."


England (possible): SCJ Broad (Captain), MJ Lumb, MM Ali, BA Stokes, JE Root, EJG Morgan, JC Buttler (wkt), RS Bopara, TT Bresnan, SD Parry, JC Tredwell

West Indies (possible): Dwayne Bravo (Captain), K Powell, D Smith, Darren Bravo, L Simmons, M Samuels, D Sammy, D Ramdin (wkt), N Miller, S Narine, R Rampaul

Umpires: M Erasmus (SA) and J Wilson (WI)

Third umpire: R Tucker (Aus)

Match referee: A Pycroft (Zim)

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