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Helmot lauds Bravo’s captaincy
T&T Red Steel coach Simon Helmot has praised the efforts of Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo, in leading his team to the top of the Limacol Premier League T20 standings. T&T Red Steel defeated the Jamaican Tallawahs by 13 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday, to rush to the top of the standings. They now have eight points from five matches and at the post-match press conference Helmot saw the value of Bravo’s leadership in taking the team there. “I have worked with Dwayne for quite a while now, remember we worked together in Australia as well and I must say his captaincy has been very good. The first encounter I had with him was way back in 2008 and he has completely changed. He has done a great job in not only motivating his players but also technically and strategically, he has been very good. He has led this bunch of players admirably and I think he has a great future as a captain. “It is important for the players to know that when they go out there they have the support of their captain. It is even more important than having the support of your coach.”
Bravo in the meantime said that the inclusion of Javon Searles was critical to the balance of the team. “The coach and I were discussing team make-up after we lost Delorn Johnson in Guyana. I am glad that this is one argument I have won against him, in bringing in Searles. You saw his value today in the game, I did not see the value in playing Jason Mohammed in this clash. What we decided was to use horses for courses and this is why we brought in Searles for this game. He did well with the bat towards the end of the innings and also did a job with the ball.” Bravo also spoke of his confidence in the big Irishman Kevin O’Brien, who copped the man of the match award for his 21-ball 32 and his 4/22. “When I threw the ball to Kevin O’Brien I expected to get results, at least a wicket or two but he got me four and I was elated. He got the big wicket of Chris Gayle and that turned the match in our favour and we just continued on and won the game.”