Ahead of the three-match Test series against England, the Windies burly fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is facing a major issue with his front foot, as he bowled as many as 20 no-balls against Tony Palladino-led Derbyshire in the three-day practice game at Derby’s County Ground.
As the first Test will be played with the Pink-ball on August 17 against Joe Root-led England, Windies skipper Jason Holder would be slightly worried as the team’s strike bowler Gabriel has been struggling to keep his foot well behind the crease white donning the white jersey.
The set of no-balls could change the entire game if Windies pace bowler and Trinidad-born Gabriel won’t be able to learn from his past mistakes, as he has faced the same problem against Pakistan during the three-match Test series earlier in this year.
While bowling against the Derbyshire side, Gabriel bagged two wickets in his nine over after conceding 64 runs, as his overs included two maidens.
Interestingly, having the problem of overstepping, Gabriel bowled an 11-ball over which eventually included three no-balls on the trot, as standing umpire was bound to exercise his arm.
Feeling the heat, Holder asked Gabriel to change the end owing to his second spell which either didn’t help, as he continued to overstep that would certainly found the raising of eyebrows in the management in the United Kingdom.
Skipper, who is the fast bowling all-rounder, would’ve had urged his side to give their best, but Gabriel has sent down 20 no-balls in the practice game – to pile-up the miseries for his side prior to the start of the opener at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
While conceding runs at the economy of 7.11, Gabriel bagged the wicket of Thomas Wood and Tom Taylor, before the second-string outfit was bundled out for 181.
Gabriel, who has been the bowling spearhead for Windies, was prominent with the ball in Tests in the recent past and has been working hard in the nets.
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Earlier, Windies didn’t enforce the follow on as on the stumps of Day two, the visitors were 60 for 1 in 16 overs to lead by 306 runs after declaring their first innings on 427 for 3.
The 29-year-old bowler Gabriel has bagged Test best of 5 for 11 against Pakistan in the second Test at Barbados.
In May, Gabriel turned a villain in the third Test after he opted for a slog shot on the bowling of leg-spinner Yasir Shah – to hand over a series to the visitors in a dramatic fashion when the last wicket was bound to play six legitimate deliveries to draw a game and eventually the series.
The visitors are scheduled to play the second Test at Headingley on August 25 and third and final Test at iconic Lord’s on September 7.