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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 11:30

Windies lack confidence, says Bravo

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Darren Bravo has put down the West Indies poor recent performances to lack of confidence.

Speaking after the team trained at the Gabba ahead of the second test, Bravo said that after losing matches in Sri Lanka and Hobart, the team is lacking belief.

"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.

"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. Naturally we play aggressive cricket where batting is concerned. It's just a matter of us spending time out in the middle and putting up a very good fight.

"It's very important we look at the positives. In the practice game young Blackwood played pretty well, as well as Kraigg Brathwaite. The bowlers had a very good run, including Jerome Taylor. The guys are putting in the work, it's just a matter of us going out there and executing."

West Indies trained at the MCG on Tuesday for the first time ahead of the Test, which starts on Saturday, while the Australians will begin training on Wednesday. The Victorian fast bowler Scott Boland has been added to Australia's squad as an injury replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile, and while Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson remain the likely attack, Bravo knows from his Hobart ton that scoring opportunities will present themselves.

"The Australian bowlers, they have a plan exactly how they want to get us out," he said. "You respect the good balls and put away the bad balls. Yes they are a very good team but at the end of the day they are still humans. They're going to present bad balls and it's just a matter of putting it away. I don't think you should be bogged down too much. Don't be intimidated by the Australian bowlers. Just back yourself and your ability.

"When you're not scoring runs it is difficult to pick yourself up. I believe the guys have that sort of resilience in them. Most of us have scored international hundreds. We have proven that we are definitely capable of playing at this level. It is just a matter of going out there and spending some time."

It was also easy to forget after the three-day result in Hobart that at lunch on day one, West Indies were arguably in the stronger position, having picked up three wickets after Australia chose to bat. However, they then allowed Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh to compile a record fourth-wicket partnership that batted West Indies out of the match.

"It's very important that whenever we're in the driver's seat we try and stay there," Bravo said. "I remember in the first Test match we had Australia three for 100 or something like that. We were in the driver's seat and we let loose. We need to maintain the momentum in the game."

The second test begins on Saturday, Boxing Day, and Australia hold a 1-0 series lead.

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