Windies eyeing upset victory says Bravo

Published: Monday, May 26, 2008, 17:19 [IST]
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Dwayne Bravo is confident West Indies can complete an upset victory in the opening Test against World No.1 Australia.

Chasing 287 to win, West Indies reached 46 for one when bad light stopped play 25 overs early about 40 minutes before the scheduled close on Sunday's fourth and penultimate day at Sabina Park.

"I have no doubt in my mind that we can win," Bravo told reporters. "We are very confident of chasing down that target. We just have to be smart and positive as well.

"We can't allow them to get too many wickets and get back into the game. We have to bat session by session and try to learn from our mistakes in the first innings.

"I think we are in a very good position at this time and it is up to us as a team to continue the good work and move forward.

"Once we ensure that we don't lose too many early wickets to let the Australians back in the game, and once we have a good first session, I have no doubt that we are going to go on and win the game."

Bravo admitted the challenge would be made more difficult by a pitch which been uncharacteristically produced variable bounce.

"Over the past four days, the pitch has been a bit up and down and that has been a bit of a concern," he said.

"Once you apply yourself and be selective in your stroke-play, you can get runs. It won't be in the back of our minds. We have to go out there, be positive, and believe we are going to get the runs."

Bravo, who captured four wickets in Australia's second innings, acknowledged West Indies were cock-a-hoop, after they bowled themselves back into the match, when they dismissed the visitors for 167 in their second innings.

"It was a total team effort, he said. "You've got to give credit to all the bowlers and they were well backed up by the fielders.

"It is nice to see that I'm among the wickets in the second innings because my fitness level has improved."

Bravo also identified assistant coach David Williams, the former West Indies wicketkeeper, as playing a critical role to the team being as competitive as they have been in recent Tests.

"What he brings into the team and the new management staff and what they bring into the team is that togetherness that wasn't there before," the West Indies vice captain said.

West Indies have lost 12 of the last 13 Tests they have contested against Australia, who hold the Frank Worrell Trophy - symbol of Test supremacy between the two sides.

The home team has not won a Test series against the Aussies in the Caribbean since 1991.

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