Windies looking forward to fast pitch in St. Lucia - Vasbert Drakes

By February 08, 2019

Windies assistant coach Vasbert Drakes says the team is looking forward to the start of the third Test against England in St. Lucia on Saturday.

The West Indies lead the series 2-0 having dominated the series largely through the exploits of their fast bowlers. Kemar Roach leads all bowlers in the series so far with 13 wickets. Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph have also enjoyed bowling success with seven and five wickets, respectively.

With the pitch at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground promising to offer help to the quicks, Drakes believes the Windies bowlers can feast once more.

“We are all really looking forward to playing in St Lucia. It reminds me of the wickets that were prepared for us, the West Indians, in the 1970s and ’80s. That’s the environment we are trying to create,” said the former Windies pace.

“The objective is to make sure we have pace. Kemar Roach has really started to mature as a bowler and Shannon Gabriel has the X-factor for us. I’m really excited to be part of this squad where we continue to put fear in opposition hearts.”

That fear helped the Windies bowlers during the 70s and 80s and Drakes sees an opportunity for the team to take advantage once again.

“I wouldn’t use the words so strong to say intimidate with pace but when you have pace, as someone who played the game as a fast bowler, it gives you more options of being able to outfox the batters.  At the moment that’s what we have in our favour so we are re going to utilise it to our advantage on the cricket field,” he said.

Drakes praised the young team for the tremendous showing over the last two weeks and said he expects another good showing in the final contest.

“The sky is the limit for this side as they continue to grow. The guys understand the legacy of West Indies cricket and they want to continue to inspire the next generation of cricketers to play the game. The guys are playing really good cricket. I’m really proud as a former West Indies cricketer. All kudos to the players,” Drakes said

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