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."

Former Windies coach Stuart Law has tipped rising star Shimron Hetmyer to be a once-in-a-generation talent once certain kinks in his approach to the game are worked out.

The 22-year-old batsman, who made his debut against Pakistan last year, has caught the attention of pundits and fans alike with his impressive array of stroke play.  His vast potential recently saw the player secure a lucrative IPL contract.  Law expects there to be plenty more opportunities for the former Windies U-19 World Cup captain.

“He [Hetmyer] could be a once-in-a-generation cricketer,” Law told the Wisden Cricket Weekly. “If he understands tempos in different formats of the game, he’s got one-day cricket now, he’s started to work that out – T20 cricket he’s not quite understanding, and Test cricket, he’s getting better. The more he plays, the better he’ll get,” he added.

“He’s one, when I was with the West Indies, we said: ‘You’ve got to persist with him. If we persist with him, he will learn. He will understand that you can’t just go out and try and hit Trent Boult back over his head for six every second ball.’ That’s what he tried to do when we were in New Zealand.”

 

 

Richard Pybus, former director of cricket and now West Indies’ high performance director, is set to become the next head coach of the Windies unit. 

Former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies middle-order batsman believes the Windies need to return to a format where West Indies-born coaches take charge of the side’s fortunes. 

Fitness will be a major concern for the Windies going forward, claims head coach Stuart Law as he believes the team tired badly in the final two matches of the One Day International (ODI) series against India.

Windies head coach Stuart Law has expressed regret that the team’s batting line-up was not able to better occupy the crease against India, following a number of poor showings in the recently concluded series.

Windies skipper Jason Holder has hailed the professionalism brought to the team by resigning head coach Stuart Law.

Windies coach Stuart Law insists the team will not be lulled into a sense of false security by the recent poor performance of world number one ranked India in the recent Test series against England.

Pace bowler Kemar Roach will miss the start of the Test series against India after flying back to Barbados last week, following the death of his grandmother.

Former West Indies fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts believes a lack of access to quality players was a key reason the resignation of the regional team’s head coach Stuart Law.

A lot of mystery surrounds the sudden resignation of Stuart Law as Windies head coach.  Some believe the timing of the event was off, especially with the World Cup fast approaching.  Could the situation have been handled better?

Stuart Law's resignation may have thrown the Windies for a loop. Will this hurt the Windies' chances at the World Cup?

Stuart Law has resigned as Head Coach of the WINDIES Men’s team and is to take on a new role in England,come January 2019.

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