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As West Indies is set to play the Test series against England, Windies assistant coach Roddy Estwick believes that their fast bowlers can be a massive challenge for the hosting side. He opined that the bowlers are working more on fitness which is key to beat the opposition.
West Indies consisting of Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, and captain Jason Holder in their pace attack will play the first Test match in Southampton from July 8. Estwick said that Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph had gained enough experience from their past performance. Also, Kemar and Shannon’s presence makes them the challenging team in the world, as per the coach.
“We’re beginning to get blessed with fast bowlers again in the West Indies, so that’s an exciting time for us,” Estwick was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“The other thing is they’re now understanding fast bowling, they’re getting to the age, Kemar and Shannon, where they’re leading the attack, they’re very, very experienced,” he said.
“Jason Holder has become a lot better Test match bowler in the last two years, Alzarri Joseph is now beginning to show his potential. So we”ve got four fast bowlers where we can challenge any team in the world,” he added.
Fitness is the key to beat England: Roddy Estwick
The Caribbeans last played the series against Sri Lanka in March. It has been over two months since they have not played a competitive match. So, Estwick opines that they are, currently, working on their fitness so they can regain their shape back. He believes that once the players are back in their form, they can be lethal against English batsmen.
“Once we’ve improved that fitness, we can maintain pressure right through the day – before we tended to flag a little bit – and while our fitness continues to improve, that’s going to be key for us. If we can get that fitness and match sharpness up again, we’ll be ready to challenge the English batters,” Estwick added.
The West Indies team landed the UK last week. Currently, they are in Old Trafford where they are following the quarantine period and practicing ahead of their series against the Three Lions.
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