No one wants to face Gabriel - Former Windies coach Law claims bowler's pace critical to team dominance

By Sports Desk February 08, 2019
Windies pace bowler Shannon Gabriel. Windies pace bowler Shannon Gabriel.

 Former Windies coach Stuart Law believes a healthy fear of pace bowler Shannon Gabriel has been a major factor in the regional team’s dominance of England to date.

The 30-year-old Gabriel claimed 5 wickets for 115 runs, perhaps behind in comparison stats wise to Kemar Roach’s who took 9 for 99 in the same period but no less important to the outcome of the series insists Law.

Roach, captain Jason Holder and young pace bowler Joseph were the major beneficiaries after sharing 27 wickets among themselves.

"Shannon Gabriel bowling at (that pace), no-one wants to face it and I know for a fact a few England boys don't like facing Shannon," Law told a Wisden.com podcast.

"He wasn't the main destroyer. He was the one who put the wind up (England) and got them thinking, and then you had the skill and the craft of Kemar Roach, and Jason Holder with his big swing and bounce and a young firebrand Alzarri Joseph who can let rip at 90-plus as well,” he added.

"West Indies had better plans. The strategy was very simple, bowl fast and straight. They attacked the stumps more when they bowled. England were bowling pretty balls outside off stump."

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