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Darren Bravo: “I enjoyed my time in the middle”

Darren Bravo was happy with the time he spent in the middle during the West Indies opening match on the tour of New Zealand against the Black Cap’s reserves.  

The left-hander scored a classy 135 in his only innings in the three-day warm-up match on Saturday at John Davies Oval, but the Windies middle order batsman valued the time spent at the crease over his century because it presented an opportunity to adjust to the conditions which he believes will work in his favour in the Tests series. 

Bravo said the coach asked him to bat as long as possible and he did that and it worked out on a pitch that was not bouncy. 

Bravo, 31 with 54 matches behind him, said he enjoys batting in New Zealand because the pitches tend to play true. His highest Test score of 218 was against the Blackcaps seven years ago at University Oval in Dunedin. 

The Trinidadian said in the nets he is trying not to get out, even though it’s limited time, and constantly he is challenging himself to lift his game and helping other players. 

West Indies face the Blackcaps reserve again in a four day match, starting this coming Thursday at the same venue. 

The first Test is December 3 at Seddon Park in Hamilton and the second Test will bowl off on December 11 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

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