Bravo urges Windies to avoid clean sweep

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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 13:06 [IST]
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Windies must avoid clean sweep: Bravo

Headingley, Jun 21: West Indies vice captain, Dwayne Bravo has said the team's only aim is to avoid a clean sweep in the ODIs after Windies lost the Test series 0-2 to England in the three match Test series.

Bravo who was not a part of the Test team which lost to England in the three-match Test series, has urged the ODI squad to win the third and the final ODI to avoid a whitewash.

"I wasn't here for the Test series but obviously I am here now and to lose the ODI series, I am very disappointed. We have a very good team and I think we should have given a better showing of ourselves," said the experienced all-rounder.

"The New Zealand series (starting later this month), we will feel comfortable going into it but we have another game here to finish and a Twenty20.

"So that will be our focus and our aim, to try and win the last game and try and avoid a three-nil. I think that should be our aim at this moment."

Bravo, who top scored with 77 in the second ODI against England to help the team score 238/9 in their 50 overs after being sent to bat by the hosts. Though Chris Gayle's 51-ball 53 set up a platform for the touring side, Gayle's exit saw wickets tumble at one end, as Windies slipped to 79/4 in 21 overs.

Gayle, who was out in controversial circumstances and Windies lost 4 wickets for 16 runs which added pressure on the batting order while Bravo also termed that Gayle's wicket was the turning point.

"The decision did not help also. Chris got off to a very good start and it was unfortunate the way he got out, it actually put us on the back foot. Had the decision gone a different way, it might have been a different ball game," Bravo said.

"We lost our way in the middle and I think Pollard and myself kind of fought our way back with a hundred partnership before we lost the fifth wicket. Then we were not in a position to have the firepower to finish off the innings."

With the final ODI of the three-match ODI series scheduled to be played on Friday at Headingley, Bravo expects Windies to finish the series on a high as they get some confidence from this series as they take on New Zealand later this month.


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