WI batsmen lack confidence, says Bravo
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):
Middle-order batsman Darren Bravo says the series of defeats suffered by the West Indies in recent times is as a result of the batsmen's lack of confidence.
Bravo scored a century in the West Indies innings and 212-run loss to the Aussies in the first Test on the heels of a crushing defeat at the hands of a Rookie Cricket Australia 11.
In October, the Caribbean cricketers were beaten two-nil by Sri Lanka in a Test series, where Bravo was one of only two batsmen to score 50s.
"It's just a matter of confidence," Bravo said.
"Coming in to this series, most of our batsmen didn't really have that confidence. We lost the series in Sri Lanka; we lost the practice game as well in Brisbane. It's a matter of confidence."
West Indies were bowled out for 223 and 148 in the first Test against Australia in Hobart, with the second-innings highlight being Kraigg Brathwaite's 94.
In their drawn warm-up match against Victoria X1, Brathwaite followed up his Test performance with a score of 78; Jermaine Blackwood rebounded from failing to get off the mark twice with a score of 69; while Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin scored 45 and 38, respectively.
NEED TO STAY AT CREASE
Bravo is confident that the West Indies can accumulate runs against Australia once their batsmen occupy the crease.
"It's important that whenever we go to bat we spend some time out in the middle. If we spend time, we're definitely going to score runs," said Bravo.
"Naturally, we play aggressive cricket, where batting is concerned. It's just a matter of us spending time out in the middle and putting up a very good fight."
West Indies kicked off their training at the MCG with a session yesterday ahead of the second Test, which begins on Boxing Day.
The Aussies are due to start their training today.
In the meantime, Australia have added fast bowler Scott Boland to their squad as a replacement for the injured Nathan Coulter-Nile.
"The Australian bowlers, they have a plan [on] exactly how they want to get us out," he said. "You respect the good balls and put away the bad balls. Yes, they are a very good team, but at the end of the day, they are still humans," said Bravo.
"I believe the guys have that sort of resilience in them. Most of us have scored international hundreds. We have proven that we are definitely capable of playing at this level. It is just a matter of going out there and spending some time."