Dowrich backs di­verse pace at­tack to ad­just to English con­di­tions

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Wick­et­keeper Shane Dowrich yes­ter­day hailed the qual­ity of West Indies’ pace at­tack and be­lieves it can be the de­ci­sive fac­tor in next month’s three-Test series against Eng­land.

The Caribbean side have trav­elled with five seam­ers in their main 14-man Test squad but have ac­cess to a fur­ther six – in­clud­ing the ex­pe­ri­enced Shan­non Gabriel – in 11 re­serves which are also on tour.

Dowrich said the Windies at­tack was now more ex­pe­ri­enced than ever and ca­pa­ble of mak­ing the ad­just­ments that were so crit­i­cal when bowl­ing in English con­di­tions.

“Ob­vi­ously, home ad­van­tage will come into play [for Eng­land’s bowlers] but if you look at our pace at­tack, most of the guys have played here al­ready so I think they have an un­der­stand­ing of the con­di­tions,” Dowrich told re­porters via Zoom from quar­an­tine at Old Traf­ford.

“We’ve got Ke­mar Roach, Ja­son Holder, Shan­non Gabriel, and those guys are in the top 20 in the world. They un­der­stand their games and they know how to ad­just well to dif­fer­ent con­di­tions so I think that will work well for us go­ing into the series.”

He added: “I’m not one to com­pare eras but if you look around at the sta­tis­tics it will show that th­ese guys are qual­ity and they can come up against any team in the world and per­form.”

MA­JOR IM­PROVE­MENTS

West Indies quicks have im­proved leaps and bounds in re­cent times, lead­ing to a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in their re­spec­tive ICC rank­ings.

Cap­tain Ja­son Holder is the highest ranked at num­ber three, to be also num­ber one in the all­rounders charts, while Roach lies 11th and Gabriel 19th.

Un­capped 22-year-old Che­mar

Holder is on his first West Indies tour but im­pressed in the re­cent first-class cham­pi­onship with 36 wick­ets, bowl­ing with pace and hos­til­ity.

Dowrich said the strength of the pace at­tack was the di­ver­sity it pre­sented.

“If you look at the main four – Shan­non, Ke­mar, Ja­son and Che­mar – I think they all present dif­fer­ent skills,” ex­plained the 28-year-old Dowrich.

“Ke­mar is prob­a­bly the most sk­il­ful out of all of them in terms of be­ing able to hit a con­sis­tent line and length and move the ball both ways.

“Shan­non and Alzarri have a lit­tle more pace and Ja­son is ‘Mr Con­sis­tent’ – he can put the ball on a ten-cent piece – so I think we bring a whole dy­namic.”

– CMC

FILE

Eng­land’s cap­tain Joe Root (right) steals a run against the West Indies, whose wick­et­keeper Shane Dowrich looks on, dur­ing day three of the third Test match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St Lu­cia, on Fe­bru­ary 11, 2019.

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