Bravo leads President’s XI against Ireland

Dar­ren Bra­vo has been named to lead a Crick­et West In­dies Pres­i­dent’s XI side to face Ire­land in a 50-overs warm-up match here start­ing Sat­ur­day.

The left-han­der head­lines the 13-man squad which in­cludes rook­ie West In­dies speed­sters Os­hane Thomas and Ro­mario Shep­herd and for­mer Test and one-day open­er Kier­an Pow­ell.

Bra­vo is seek­ing a come­back to in­ter­na­tion­al crick­et af­ter be­ing dropped for the re­cent tours of Afghanistan and In­dia due to poor form.

He re­turned to West In­dies colours in No­vem­ber, 2018 fol­low­ing a well-pub­li­cised spat with for­mer CWI pres­i­dent, Dave Cameron, but strug­gled to re­cap­ture his form across all for­mats and av­er­aged 13 from five Tests, 22 from 16 One-Day In­ter­na­tion­als and 17 from eight T20 In­ter­na­tion­als.

How­ev­er, he plun­dered 481 runs at an av­er­age of 96 dur­ing last No­vem­ber’s Su­per50 Cup, to again catch the at­ten­tion of se­lec­tors.

Shep­herd, mean­while, who was on Wednes­day al­so named in the ODI squad for the first two match­es against Ire­land next week, will have the chance for cru­cial match prac­tice while Thomas will get the op­por­tu­ni­ty to im­press se­lec­tors af­ter miss­ing the re­cent tours of the sub­con­ti­nent.

The left-hand­ed Pow­ell, a vet­er­an of 40 Tests and 46 ODIs, was axed a year ago due to de­clin­ing form but found his touch in the re­cent Su­per50 with 524 runs at an av­er­age of 58 with two hun­dreds.

Pac­er Sheeno Berridge, who topped the Su­per50 wick­ets tal­ly with 23, has been re­ward­ed with a place in the squad as has fast bowler Akeem Jor­dan who fin­ished with 16 wick­ets.


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