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Roach, Bravo back to lift WI

Published:Wednesday | February 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM

SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):

West Indies coach Stuart Williams has welcomed the return of pacer Kemar Roach and middle-order batsman Darren Bravo to the regional side preparing for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand starting later this month.

Roach was forced to withdraw from the West Indies side during the series in South Africa because of an ankle injury while Bravo opted out of the tour for personal reasons.

The two players are now in Sydney with the rest of the team that suffered Test and one-day international series defeats against South Africa but prevailed in the T20 series.

"Kemar Roach had left the series in South Africa with an ankle injury and he looked refreshed and raring to go. Darren Bravo came out of the NAGICO series and he has some cricket under his belt," said Williams.

"So these couple of games, these warm-up games against England and Scotland, is [sic] very important, especially to a guy like Kemar Roach ... to see what he has in his tank."

West Indies play warm-up matches against England on Monday and Scotland next week Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The former champions will start their World Cup campaign with a game against Ireland on February 16

"Looking from the South African series, these two guys, I hope they bring a different field to the whole team, maybe the spark that we needed in the World Cup," said Williams.

"The guys are looking upbeat and I saw some passion in the past couple of days, so they are raring to go."

West Indies have been focusing on specific areas during their training such as power play overs, middle overs, batting and bowling.