Powell, Bravo face test of character

WHILE the high-flying T20 stars were in Dhaka, mounting their eventual anti-climatic defense of the world title joyously won in Colombo two years earlier, Darren Bravo and Keiran Powell were back in the Caribbean, watched by a couple of nut-sellers and a smattering of diehards in the understated first-class tournament, seeking to restore long held expectations that they are two future pillars of West Indies batting.

Bravo, at 26, is a year older than Powell. Both are left-handers who carry the unmistakable stamp and effortless evidence of class. The heady hopes around them are based on previous performance, Bravo’s more so than Powell’s.

It is recent inconsistency and, in Bravo’s case, a hint of personal distraction, that is cause for concern. So too is their struggles since the last international series against India and New Zealand to rediscover their best in the inter-territorial and international Fifty50s in February and March and in the …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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