West Indies vs England will be a fast-bowling showdown - Franklyn Rose
West Indies players competing in an intra-squad game in England last week.
Former Jamaica and West Indies fast bowler Franklyn Rose believes the three-match Test series between the West Indies and England, which bowls off on Wednesday in Southampton, will be a fast-bowling showdown between the teams.
“The English fast bowlers are more experienced with the likes of (James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad, who are two of the best pacers in the world, but the thing with fast bowling is that you have to get it right and execute the plan on the day," said Rose, who toured England with the West Indies team back in 2000 with the likes of Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose.
"If (Shannon) Gabriel, (Kemar) Roach, and captain Jason Holder can get it right and put the ball in the right areas, things can work out in the West Indies favour," the 48-year-old Rose further said.
Rose, who also played over 15 years of club and county cricket in England, said that the West Indies fast bowlers must not get carried away with the favourable bowling conditions in the United Kingdom.
"Ninety per cent of the time the ball is going to swing in England, especially the new ball, because most of the pitches have grass on them, so all the fast bowlers will relish the conditions. Most fast bowlers will get carried away but the West Indies need to go out there with a level head and stick to the basics and they will reap the rewards," Rose explained.
The West Indies are expected to name their final eleven on Wednesday morning with Gabriel, Roach, Holder and Alzarri Joseph set to lead the bowling attack.
With the Southampton pitch also expected to take spin, off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall could factor in the final eleven, which should be completed by John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.
The match is scheduled to start at 11am (5am Jamaica Time/6am Eastern Caribbean Time). It will be the world’s first cricket Test match since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The teams are living, training, and playing in a “bio-secure” environment. This is part of the comprehensive medical and operations plans to ensure safety to players and staff.
The bio-secure protocols will restrict movement in and out of the venues, so the selection panel of the West Indies has also named a list of reserve players to ensure replacements are available in case of any injury.
All of the matches will be played behind closed doors.
Players from the two teams will come into vaguely close contact with each other only on the field of play.
WEST INDIES TEST SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach
RESERVES: Sunil Ambris, Joshua DaSilva, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican
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