KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Captain Carlos Brathwaite has reminded powerhouses India that West Indies will be coming full blast when the two teams meet in the one-off Twenty20 International at Sabina Park here today.Several of the West Indies stars including Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard are popular faces in the Indian Premier League and have struck up great relationships over the years with many of the Indian players.For instance, Gayle and India captain Virat Kohli are teammates at Royal Challengers Bangalore but Brathwaite warned there would be no friendships once play got underway at 10:30 am (11:30 am Eastern Caribbean time).“Yes, we’re good friends off the field but once you cross the line you’ve come to represent your country and friendships don’t happen out on the park,” Brathwaite told media here Saturday.“We can save the hi’s and byes for afterward but when we get on the park and cross the line it’s war and it’s country versus country and we want to do as best as we can blood, sweat and tears for the West Indies.”India enter the series on a high following their comfortable 3-1 win in the preceding five-match One-Day International series. The Windies, meanwhile, are seeking redemption and hoping to climax the tour on a positive note.Brathwaite said despite the result in the ODI series, he did not foresee confidence being an issue as the quality T20 players in the squad were high-intensity individuals.“Confidence is always high. You don’t Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle sulking or low in confidence. They always think we can win no matter the situation and that rubs off well,” Brathwaite pointed out.“I still I’m one of the younger guys in the team so myself, Rovman Powell and even a Chadwick Walton … we look to those guys. So me as captain I’m still learning from them but I want them to go out there, express themselves, do as best as they can and make myself learn on the job as a skipper and as a player and do as well as I can for West Indies.”The side has been boosted by the return of Gayle who has not represented the regional side in 15 months, since helping them to the capture of the T20 World Cup in India last year April.His presence, along with that of Pollard, off-spinner Narine and leg-spinner Samuel Badree, will make West Indies formidable opponents.West Indies’ last two completed T20s against the Indians saw them emerge with emphatic wins. During the T20 World Cup, they chased down 193 to win their semi-final and last August in Florida, pulled off a one-run win after piling up 245 batting first in the opening match of a two-match series.SQUADS:WEST INDIES – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.INDIA – Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik.Caption: Captains Carlos Brathwaite and Virat Kohli hold the trophy. With them are: Bhanudas Mehta, Vice President Commercial of Finolex Industries and Saurabh Dhanorkar, Director of Finolex Industries.
After a close competition that lasted into fall camp, redshirt junior Max Browne held off redshirt freshman Sam Darnold to claim the USC starting quarterback job, head coach Clay Helton announced on Saturday.Browne, who waited three seasons, finally has his chance under center. But the odds-on favorite to win the position faced an unexpected challenge from the youthful Darnold, who impressed during spring practice. As a result, Helton did not name a starter following the spring game, opting to continue the competition during fall camp.Browne is a 6-foot-5, 220 pound product out of Skyline High School in Washington. He was one of the nation’s top quarterback recruits coming out of high school, but has been stuck as a backup after redshirting his first season.In limited playing time, Browne has completed 11-for-19 passing for 143 yards in his career.Helton gave no indication prior to Saturday as to who would be named the starter, neither did the players nor assistant coaches. On Friday, the team held a final scrimmage during practice that helped to either sway or confirm Helton’s decision.Darnold, an accomplished recruit himself out of San Clemente High School, forced the issue during practices with an impressive display of his dual-threat abilities.But Helton ultimately stuck with the veteran Browne, who may have transferred to another school had he not been chosen.Helton’s decision was not one he took lightly. He had admitted to the media that the choice was constantly on his mind and that he watched film on occasion at 3 a.m.The coach also said on Friday that whomever he named as a starter would be given a lengthy leash.Any celebration Browne might do will be short-lived; USC’s first game is in two weeks against defending champion Alabama.
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