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'I feel like a kid again' – Dwayne Bravo excited about international return

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West Indies star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who last played a T20I in 2016, is excited to be back in national colours for the three-match T20I series against Ireland.

"It's a great feeling," Bravo said in a radio interview with Trinidad's I955 FM. "I feel like a kid again when I first get a call from [West Indies' chairman of selectors Roger Harper] that welcome back to the team and play international cricket and they were looking forward to have me back.

"It is something that was always on my mind since the change of leadership and stuff. So just happy I get the opportunity to represent the region again and I am looking forward to doing my best."

Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket in October 2018 but continued playing franchise cricket. Later, in December 2019, he came out of T20I retirement to make himself available for selection in the lead up to the 2020 ICC Men's T20 World Cup, which will take place in October-November. 

The all-rounder believes that West Indies lack a proper death-overs specialist and he could be his side's go-to man to take up that responsibility. 

"Recently that is where West Indies did falter," Bravo said. "If you look at the 50-overs World Cup, if you look at the series in India, both in T20Is and in ODIs, we lack a really, really proper death-overs specialist.

"Again this is my motivation also to try and work with current bowlers. There's [Sheldon] Cottrell, there's Keemo Paul, there's Alzarri Joseph, there's Oshane Thomas, there's Kesrick Williams. Collectively all of us have to get better, myself included. But with the experience that I have, I can get them to understand the importance of certain deliveries and when to bowl certain deliveries and work on a better finishing game plan."

On the prospect of sealing a spot in West Indies' T20 World Cup squad, Bravo said he's not thinking too far ahead. "There's this series and there's a Sri Lanka series right after, he said. "I guess if I do well in this series, chances are I might be selected for the next series. It is just a matter of playing it by ear, series by series.

"Obviously they will be trying players to see what is the best combination and the best squad they that they think and select come October. Starting off with Ireland series is just one step to something positive in the making."

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