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Clarke predicts bright future for Bravo

By STEPHON NICHOLAS Thursday, April 19 2012

AFTER PLAYING against him for the first time in Barbados, Australia captain Michael Clarke believes young West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has a bright future ahead of him.

Clarke missed Bravo’s struggles for the One-Day International (ODI) series but flew in for the Tests where the Trinidadian stroked a half-century in the opening match and followed up that knock with a gritty top-score of 32 in testing conditions in the second innings on the penultimate day.

Speaking to the media,, Clarke expressed admiration by what he has seen so far from the 23-year-old and admitted that there are some similarities between him and batting legend Brian Lara.

“They’re both left-handers and both play for the West Indies. Any left- hander or any batsmen, to be honest, will love to be as good a player as Brian Lara. Obviously, Darren has some similarities in the way he plays; he looks like a very good player and I know he would like to score some runs in this Test match so we’d have to do our best to try and stop that,” Clarke explained.

“He’s a wonderful young talent and has had some success in Test cricket and I’m sure he’s going to have a bright future. I know he is very close to Brian and to me as a batsman the more information you can get off great players like Brian the more it can help you,” he added.

Meanwhile, Clarke revealed that he is not only hoping to clinch a decisive 2- 0 lead in the three-match series against the West Indies in Trinidad but also catch up with Lara who he met for the first time on the Australia tour of the Caribbean in 2003.

“I didn’t see him but will certainly catch up with him during the week...I’ve stayed in contact with Brian since I met him back in 2003. We haven’t seen each other for a while; it was good to speak with him at the (Australian) High Commissioner function the other day,” he said.

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