Bravo forced to go home due to personal reasons

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 13:13 28/12/2013
Darren Bravo
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WINDIES BLOW: The West Indies have lost one of their best batsmen on the eve of the second ODI international.

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The West Indies have lost one of their best batsmen on the eve of the second one-day cricket international against New Zealand, with Darren Bravo returning home for personal reasons.

A team spokesman said Bravo remained in Auckland after their two-wicket win in Thursday's series opener, and the 24-year-old had flown home to Trinidad. No further reasons were given for his departure.

Bravo scored 14 in the West Indies' successful runchase at Eden Park, his 69th ODI, and earlier plundered a career-best 218 in the first test in Dunedin.

No replacement batsmen has been summoned for Bravo, with four ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals remaining on the tour. Star batsman Chris Gayle is in Sydney recovering from a hamstring strain and team management hope he will be available for the tour-ending T20 matches next month.

Bravo's absence means Kirk Edwards, who carried the drinks in Auckland, will likely slot back into the top order for tomorrow's second ODI in Napier which is scheduled to start at 2pm.

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