VIDEO: Gabriel believes West Indies should pepper England with pace
West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel.
West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel believes the Caribbean side should play to its strength and replicate the plans which brought the team overwhelming success against England last year.
The 32-year-old played a major part in that win as the home side toppled their opponents 2-1 to capture the Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade. Now, fast forward to 2020 and the West Indies are in England to face the home side in three Test matches behind closed doors because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I don’t think the plans should change too much from what we did in the Caribbean. We used pace and that worked. What we did was successful. I don’t think we should fix anything that is not broken,” Gabriel said. He was speaking to members of the media via Zoom link on Thursday.
A veteran of 45 Tests since his debut at Lords in 2012, Gabriel is among the reserves for this tour but is confident he can regain full fitness following ankle surgery. He has been outstanding in the last three years and is presently in the Top 20 of the ICC Test match bowling rankings. His career-best match figures of 13-121 – third-best in West Indies history – came against Sri Lanka in Saint Lucia two years ago.
West Indies will have two inter-squad warm-up matches in Manchester before they travel to Southampton. All 25 players on tour will participate. The three-day match will be played from Tuesday, June 23 to Thursday, 25 and the four-day match from Monday, June 29 to Thursday, July 2.
“After being away from the game so long, almost six or seven months, you’re kind of hungry to get back on the field. I’m looking forward to the warm-up games and then we will take it from there. I’ve played a few Test matches before, so I know how to prepare,” Gabriel said.
“The last time I played (for West Indies) was the India series (last September) in Jamaica. I want to play I want to be ready to play against England. I’m fully motivated. If you’re playing for your country and you’re not motivated, you really should be on the field. This is not about half-hearted. You have to be all in,” he further said.
The West Indies squad will live, train and play in a “bio-secure” environment during the seven weeks of the tour, as part of the comprehensive medical and operations plans to ensure player and staff safety.
The bio-secure protocols will restrict movement in and out of the venues, so the selection panel has also named a list of reserve players who will travel to train and help prepare the Test squad and ensure replacements are available in case of any injury.
West Indies test squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer and Kemar Roach.
Reserve Players: Sunil Ambris, Joshua DaSilva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas and Jomel Warrican.
WISDEN TROPHY TEST SCHEDULE
July 8-12: 1st Test at Ageas Bowl, Southampton
July 16-20: 2nd Test at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
July 24-28: 3rd Test at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Watch below Shannon Gabriel destroying Sri Lanka in 2018