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Windies look to seal spot in final

By STEPHON NICHOLAS Friday, July 5 2013

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West Indies captain, Dwayne Bravo, has called on his players to show consistency and put together another match-winning performance today when they come up against India in the CELKON Mobile Cup tri-series at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

The West Indies are top of the standings with two wins from as many matches and a win today will seal their spot in Thursday’s final.

The regional team is on nine points while Sri Lanka have five points and India are yet to get off the mark.

Bravo yesterday called on his troops to show they are improving and capable of producing a string of good performances in any format of the game. He explained that he was not surprised by the home team’s early success but is keen to see them continue in that vein.

“When you look at our team and the talent we have in our setup, we can match any team in the world. Over the years we have been very inconsistent and have not played one full strength team for any length of period. We’ve been chopping and changing and one of the things I’ve asked of the selectors is that I would like to have a squad of players without too many changes...I want to make sure the 13 players stay together and we can build a team,” he declared.

The allrounder from Santa Cruz believes that the disparity in ranking among the teams in the tri-series - India (1st), Sri Lanka (5th) and West Indies (7th) - is based solely on consistency and this is the opportunity for them to decrease that gap.

“I know the Indian team is good and Sri Lanka are good but we are equally as good. It’s just they do it more on a consistent basis so now this is a turning curve for us to get back-to-back wins. That’s something that never used to happen awhile back. Tomorrow (today) is a very important game and we have a chance to qualify for the final. We’re going to come out and play our heart and soul out, play 100 percent and try and string another win,” he explained.

Bravo, who missed the last match against Sri Lanka due to a groin injury, revealed that he has almost fully recovered and will lead the regional side today. And although his team has a 100 percent record so far, he still feels there are areas they can improve as they have not yet played the perfect game.

“All aspects need to improve - batting, bowling and fielding - we’ve been good in different patches but you can always find ways we can improve as a team and individually. It’s important tomorrow we give a good showing of ourselves and the batters bat deep and get runs, bowlers do the right thing and we’re looking for a good allround performance.

Bravo revealed that he is excited to play in front of his home crowd and is expecting the fans to be vociferous today. Yesterday there was a small crowd that came out to watch the team train and the 29-year-old Bravo explained that this support always heartens him and is hoping they can provide a treat for the Windies supporters throughout the series. He noted that the pitch today is not expected to be the usual slow and difficult to bat on strip that has become customary lately of the Queen’s Pak Oval, and is expecting a good surface that will result in an exciting contest.

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