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Not enough role models for Bravo

West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes the development talented batsman Darren Bravo has been stunted by not having more experienced players around him.

Bravo, often compared to Trinidad legend Brian Lara in terms of batting style, has so far failed to deliver on the potential of being the next regional star, often struggling to produce consistent results at the crease.

Bravo struggles were clear for all to see in the recent series against India where the batsman averaged a meagre 19 from seven innings, which included a single half-century.

“We talk about Darren Bravo and we talk about him a lot because we can see his potential and where he’s supposed to be right now,” Simmons said.

“But you look at the all the people around his age and what they’ve come through and the help they’ve had in the team when they came in,” he added.

“Bravo has had to turn up and be the senior player and I think sometimes that affects people but no doubt about it, he’s working extremely hard on trying to get his game together and trying to score runs as he did when he first came into the team.” Bravo made his debut in a side which included veterans Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle, neither of who are no longer in the setup.

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