Dwayne Bravo retires from international cricket

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket on 24 October 2018. The 35-year-old, who last represented the Windies in September 2016, played a grand total of 270 internationals (40 Tests, 164 ODIs, 66 T20Is) between 2004 and 2016 and played a starring role in each of their two World T20 triumphs in 2012 and 2016.

Bravo made his maiden appearance for West Indies in April, 2004 in the Georgetown ODI against England, claiming the wickets of Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss. Three months later, he was handed a Test debut at Lord’s in West Indies’ tour of England.

He played 40 Test matches for the Windies scoring three Test tons and taking 86 wickets at 39.83. But it became quickly apparent that he was best suited to the abridged formats of the game, where his lower-order hitting, athletic fielding and expert death-bowling abilities made him an indispensable member of the team.

I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game. After 14 years when I made my debut for the West Indies, I still remember that moment I received the maroon cap before walking onto the Lord’s Cricket Ground against England in July 2004.

In the second decade of the century, Bravo slowly began ostracizing himself from international duty as T20 leagues began to mushroom around the world. He and fellow T20 globetrotter Kieron Pollard declined a WICB contract in 2010 that required him to be available for all international commitments. He played the last of his 40 Tests in December of that year, eventually calling curtains on his red-ball career in 2015.

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