Four-prong pace attack a strong possiblity

West Indies Shannon Gabriel, left, celebrates after claiming the wicket of England’s Matt Prior during the third day of the first Test match at Lord’s cricket ground, London,
AP Photo/Tom Hevezi
AP Photo/Tom Hevezi

It is a great possibility when the West Indies play on certain wickets head coach Ottis Gibson may be considering to play four fast bowlers.

The return of the fast bowler Shannon Gabriel showers light on that possibility. Tino Best, Kemar Roach and Ravi Ram Paul surely can be the other pacers joining Gabriel giving the West Indies the full four-prong attack.

Seven Specialist Batsmen Can Score The Maximum

The West Indies team has seven specialist batsmen that can easily score sufficient runs to support the rampage of four fast bowlers.

Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin are capable of scoring the maximum of runs to win a Test match with the support of the bowlers.

Johnson Charles Must be Considered When Chanderpaul Leaves

West Indies swashbuckling opener Johnson Charles has shown that he is capable of scoring at the top level and that he does not have to open the batting. Charles should be given an opportunity in the middle order when Shivnarine Chanderpaul decides to resign. He can defend and be aggressive and these skills can benefit the team. Having some aggression from a batsman coming in at the fifth or sixth position in a Test march could be useful. Although the West Indies team has several skillful and talented players it is important that these players be placed in the appropriate batting order.

Kieron Powell’s Consistency is Vital to Windies Success

West Indies opening batsman Kieron Powell needs to continue being consistent with the bat in order to crest some stability at the front. If Powell is able to stay at the wickets for a long time, this should put the West Indies in a winning position because partnerships are key to winning. The West Indies fast bowling strength seems to be emerging once again.

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