Bravo urges support for battered Windies
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):
Injured West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is calling on fans in the Caribbean to rally behind the battered West Indies cricket team in Australia.
Speaking to CMC Sports, Bravo said it must be recognised that the Windies were using an inexperienced line-up to tackle the best team in the world.
"One must take into consideration that we are missing several key players and our team is playing against Australia, which is really a great task," he said.
Australia lead 3-0 in the five-match series after the rain-ruined third game finished in a no-result on Friday. The Windies went on to lose by 50 runs to the Australians on Sunday, to extend their misery.
"When I look at the games on television, it is difficult because we are losing and I am someone who likes to be involved in the game.
"However, having said that, the boys are representing the West Indies and we must rally behind them. I am supporting them 100 per cent and giving all my support to skipper Chris Gayle. He will come good before this series is over and Windies will win matches," said the 26-year-old Trinidadian.
Two terrible batting performances have led to the Caribbean side trailing 0-2 in the series. They scored 143 all out at the MCG on Sunday to lose by 113 runs and only managed 170 all out in their eight-wicket loss on Tuesday at the Adelaide Oval.
Bravo, who represented Victoria in the Australia Twenty20 Big Bash which was played in Australia, broke his right thumb while batting against Tasmania on January 15.
Speaking of the injury, Bravo said the fracture will have to run its course for healing, but he hopes to be playing again in about two weeks.
"The injury has to heal itself. There is nothing I could do. No doctor or physiotherapist can help. I just have to wait on the injury to heal."
Bravo said he was playing it by ear and hoping for the best.
"I am seeing a lot of improvement. Although I have not played since picking up the injury, I am still keeping fit by doing light gym work and running.