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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 June 2007, 07:10 GMT 08:10 UK
Bravo grateful for Botham advice
Dwayne Bravo
Bravo has become one of the stars of the West Indies team
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has thanked newly knighted Sir Ian Botham for valuable advice about how to develop his game.

"I spoke to him about an all-rounder's job and how he balanced the workload.

"I also asked him if he sees anything in my game he can assist me with," the 23-year-old said.

"He told me not to let the situation of the game take away my natural style of playing, to be positive at all times and to try and enjoy my cricket."

The current fourth Test against England at the Riverside is Bravo's 23rd since making his debut at Lord's on the previous West Indies tour three years ago.

In that time, he has become a key member of both the Test and one-day side, but believes there is still room for improvement with both bat and ball.

He first approached Botham, whose knighthood was part of the honour's list published on Saturday, during the previous Test at Old Trafford.

Sir Ian Botham
Sir Ian Botham is now a respected TV cricket pundit

"I chose Mr Botham for the simple reason that he was an all-rounder and I'm looking to follow in his footsteps - that's my aim," said Bravo, following Saturday's play at the Riverside.

"I saw him in Manchester and asked him if it was possible to have a word but we didn't get the opportunity to speak then because of the situation of the game and the time frame.

"Coming here this morning I thought it was the right time, with the delayed start. He was very keen, said 'No problem' straight away and he opened to me with a free mind.

"I am very thankful for the 25-minute chat I had with him and I am actually putting some of his experience that he shared with me into this game."

Bravo revealed, however, that he also tries to learn from current stars.

"I pick out different aspects of the game from different players. I look at Freddie Flintoff, I look at Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis, just to mention a few names.

"I also try to emulate Brian [Lara] in terms of a certain style of playing and whenever I am on the field I try to pick up different things from what opposition batsmen are doing.

"I learn from KP [Kevin Pietersen], I learn from Alastair Cook on how he plays to his strengths."

SEE ALSO
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