While the first Test between England vs West Indies is less than a week away, an upbeat Carlos Brathwaite said the Caribbean pace attack can cause some serious damage to the Three Lions batting lineup.
With the latest addition of Shannon Gabriel alongside Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder, Brathwaite opines a present danger for England. England have played 11 Tests since losing to West Indies 2-1 last year. Over the same period, West Indies have played only three, one of which was against Afghanistan. This disparity can take a toll but Brathwaite believes the Windies pace attack can make up for it.
Speaking in an interview with Telegraph, the former Windies skipper said, “This is now our time to have a good crop of fast bowlers, but what has made it better is the three at the top – (Shannon) Gabriel, (Kemar) Roach and (Jason) Holder – have done so well over the past couple of years that others are not getting a look in so the guys below have to fight a lot harder to become even the fourth or fifth bowler.”
The addition of Gabriel also implies that West Indies will be able to call upon the same attack that helped them propel to a 2-1 series win over England at home last year. However, there are looming concerns over the fitness of captain Jason Holder, who suffered from an ankle niggle in the first warm-up fixture.
Alzarri Joseph is yet another young sensation in the West Indies pace bowling setup. The upcoming England vs West Indies series will be Joseph’s second trip to English soil. He toured in 2017, playing a Test and a couple of ODIs.
Out of his 9 Tests, four of them have come against England. However, he’s managed to bowl close to only 90 overs across seven innings and feels that he can bring in a mystery factor to the English batsmen.