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Bravo: Windies must ignore weather

West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has warned his side their dislike of the British climate will be no excuse should they have a poor ICC Champions Trophy campaign.

The Windies won the 50-over tournament the last time it was held on these shores in 2004, but their last three visits to England have produced a miserable run of results.

On their 2009 and 2012 tours, West Indies did not manage to beat England on a single occasion in any form of the game, although they did at least share a two-match Twenty20 series 1-1 in September 2011.

Bravo’s side are fancied to fare well in the UK this time around, having impressed when claiming the World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka last year.

The skipper, who has taken over the one-day leadership role from Darren Sammy, says his team must deliver.

He said: "It's always challenging for us here because of the weather. It's always hard for us to come for two weeks to this weather.

"Where we come from, the Caribbean, it's tropical, relaxing, and we're not the only team struggling in England to be honest. The Indians and Sri Lankans also struggle here.

"To be honest I'm not going to let the weather get the better of us, and that is one thing I'm going to instil in the team; okay, we are away from home, we are away from our comfort zone, but at the end of the day we are professionals and we have to try and adapt to any kind of conditions before us.

"That's the biggest challenge, and it's something that I'm prepared to let the guys know, and I'm sure that the boys will be looking forward to it because it's a prestigious tournament and it's another tournament we'd love to win.”

Big-hitting opener Chris Gayle is likely to be the centre of attention for West Indies, having offered another reminder of his remarkable power with an innings of 175 not out from just 65 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the latest Indian Premier League.

"He is the most dangerous one-day player in the world, and I think he will be until he decides to finish the game," said Bravo.

"But he's a guy that's easy to captain. Chris doesn't say much. He shares his knowledge. He's very approachable, a good team man, and to have someone like him in the team is always an asset."

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