A win can seal series in Windies' favour: Bravo

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Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012, 16:01 [IST]
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Our aim is consistency, says Bravo

Kingston, Jul 5: West Indies vice captain, Dwayne Bravo feels his side can register a series win against New Zealand if they win the opener at Kingston on Thursday.

The all-rounder feels the team has the potential to win the five match ODI series against New Zealand if they get a good start on Thursday.

"Our aim is consistency. Most times in series we start off on the losing end and then play catch-up," Bravo was quoted as saying by the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

"That's something we're trying to work on and hopefully we want to start from this series where we start off with
a win and start off well."

"If we can start off the series with a win, chances are we're going to win the series. That's our biggest challenge as a team," Bravo said.

West Indies, placed eighth in the ICC rankings, take on the Kiwis who are placed seventh in the table.

Bravo feels though the side has the potential to win the series, dismissed the term favourites, though it boasts of a line-up including Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine who have been the top performers in the shortest version of the game.

"I don't think we are favourites. New Zealand have a good team. The two sides are ranked one away from each other so we can anticipate a good series.

"When we play higher ranked team, a lot of teams write us off before a ball is bowled and now we're in a position where we're playing against a team that is similar in terms of rankings, people will think it is easy for us," Bravo said.

"We won't take any team lightly. We have to concentrate on what we have to do as a team and also what we have to do to improve and move up on a team."

After putting up a good show against Australia at home in the five match series which was tied 2-2 earlier this year, Bravo feels the team shall take confidence from it and try to put up a better show against New Zealand in the ODI series.

"In the Australia series we had a fantastic series ... they are the number one team and we did well playing at home," he said.

"We went to England and obviously conditions were different and we just weren't on the ball there. It was a difficult series for us as a team but we bounced back quickly... in the two games (Twenty20s) against New Zealand."


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