Bravo points to lack of confidence


December 23, 2015
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MELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC):

Middle order batsman Darren Bravo says the series of defeats suffered by West Indies' in recent times is as a result of the batsmen's lack confidence.

Bravo scored a century in West Indies' innings and 212- run loss to the Aussies in the first Test on the heels of a crushing defeat at the hands of a Rookie Cricket Australia XI.

In October, the Caribbean cricketers were beaten 2-0 by Sri Lanka in a Test series where Bravo was one of only two batsmen to score 50s.

"It's just a matter of confidence," Bravo said.

"Coming in to this series, most of our batsmen didn't really have that confidence. We lost the series in Sri Lanka. We lost the practice game as well in Brisbane. It's a matter of confidence".

West Indies were bowled out for 223 and 148 in the first Test against Australia in Hobart with the second-innings highlight being Kraigg Brathwaite's 94.

In their drawn warm-up match against Victoria X1, Brathwaite followed up his Test performance with a score of 78; Jermaine Blackwood rebounded from failing to get off the mark twice with a score of 69; while Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin scored 45 and 38, respectively.

Bravo is confident West Indies can accumulate runs against Australia once their batsmen occupy the crease.

"It's important that whenever we go to bat we spend some time out in the middle. If we spend time, we're definitely going to score runs," said Bravo.

West Indies kicked off their training at the MCG with a session yesterday ahead of the second test, which begins on Boxing Day.

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