Bravo re­turns to ODI side af­ter two years

Sport360 - - News - By Staff Re­porter b @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

Mid­dle-or­der bats­man Dar­ren Bravo was re­called on Wed­nes­day af­ter more than two years away from ODI cricket as the West In­dies named a 15-man squad for their three-match se­ries against Bangladesh.

Left-handed Bravo won the last of his 96 one-day in­ter­na­tional caps against Pak­istan in Oc­to­ber 2016, but re­turns af­ter fea­tur­ing in the West In­dies’ re­cent Twenty20 se­ries in In­dia.

Reg­u­lar T20 skip­per Car­los Brath­waite and Ros­ton Chase were also brought back for the ODI se­ries start­ing in Dhaka on Sun­day.

Re­cent debu­tants Fabian Allen, Chan­dra­paul Hem­raj and Oshane Thomas re­tained their places af­ter the ODI se­ries against In­dia last month.

In the ab­sence of in­jured Ja­son Holder, bats­man Rov­man Pow­ell was named in­terim cap­tain as the vis­i­tors seek to make amends for their 2-1 home se­ries de­feat to Bangladesh in July.

“With two more ODI se­ries be­fore the 2019 World Cup, the Bangladesh se­ries al­lows us to nar­row our search for our fi­nal 15-mem­ber World Cup squad,” chair­man of se­lec­tors Court­ney Browne said in a state­ment.

“Dar­ren’s ex­pe­ri­ence will add value to the bat­ting, which in turn will place se­lec­tion pres­sure for spots in the squad.”

The sec­ond and third matches of the se­ries will be held on De­cem­ber 11 and 14 in Dhaka and Syl­het.

Ac­cord­ing to ESPNcricinfo, hard­hit­ting bats­man Evin Lewis will not be part of the se­ries de­spite play­ing for Pun­jabi Le­gends in the T10 league last week. Lewis had mys­te­ri­ously missed the re­cent tour of In­dia cit­ing per­sonal rea­sons.

Bangladesh swept West In­dies 2-0 in the re­cent Test se­ries, with the sec­ond Test wrap­ping up Sun­day in­side three days as the Tigers recorded their first-ever vic­tory by an in­nings. The Caribbean vis­i­tors made just 111 runs in their first in­nings – the low­est Test score ever recorded against their hosts.

Back in the mix: Dar­ren Bravo.

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