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Bravo Ready To Lead From The Front

 
West Indies stand-in captain Dwayne Bravo (left) and Zimbabwe's skipper Brendan Taylor with the one-day trophy which will be on the line in the West Indies-Zimbabwe series which starts today at the Grenada National Stadium. - WICB photo
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada:

Dwayne Bravo is looking to lead from the front when he takes the West Indies team into battle against Zimbabwe in the opening contest of the three-match one-day international series.

The match signals the start of the International Home Series 2013 and also marks a return of international cricket to the Grenada National Stadium after four years. Match time is 8:30 a.m. (Ja time).

Bravo said the team's preparations over the last two days have been good and Windies fans can expect a focused and energised home side when they face the visitors.

"We have focused on what we have to do to win games for West Indies. We have young and exciting players in our team and we are looking forward to these matches. I am happy to be captaining the West Indies team and I see it as an honour to do this job. I will bring the energy and will look to lead from the front and inspire the team to win," Bravo said.

ALL SMILES

The live-wire all-rounder was all smiles as he spoke to members of the local and international media yesterday afternoon when he unveiled the sparkling series trophy with Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor. The 29-year-old Bravo is now in his 10th year representing West Indies and takes over as ODI skipper in the absence of Darren Sammy.

The Windies last played in the Spice Isle back in 2009 during a Test series against Bangladesh, and their return is being eagerly anticipated on the island. Newly elected Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has also announced a public holiday today following Tuesday's general elections.

"This is a brand new series for us and we are playing at home. We are coming up against an opposition that is hungry for success and this will be a good series. It is good to be playing in front of our home fans, who we know will support us. There is a public holiday on Friday and we expect a good turnout. We just want to do our part, play well, be consistent and come out on top," Bravo said.

GOOD PLAYERS

"We have to give respect to the Zimbabwe team. They are a good team. The last time they came here they were leading the ODI series at one stage and we had to fight back to defeat them. We have to remember that. They have some good players in their set-up."

Zimbabwe last toured the Caribbean in 2010 when they played T20s and ODIs.

On this tour they will play three ODIs at the Grenada National Stadium, two T20s at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, and two Test matches at Kensington Oval, Barbados, and Windsor Park, Dominica.

West Indies squad: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, André Russell and Ramnaresh Sarwan.

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