How tourists’ pace-bowl­ing quar­tet has be­come such a dan­ger­ous unit Ja­son Holder Shannon Gabriel

Height is the key

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Cricket - By Tim Wig­more

No bowler in world cricket de­liv­ers the ball from a higher re­lease point than Holder. While he is West Indies’ slow­est ‘quick’ bowler, his bounce – com­bined with prodi­gious lev­els of swing and seam move­ment – makes him a me­nace. Since 2018, Holder has led the way in world cricket in terms of gen­er­at­ing the most swing and seam. Body an­gle ar­rows ball into bats­men

In the last 50 years in Tests, only one bowler with 100 wick­ets has claimed a higher pro­por­tion clean bowled than Gabriel’s 34.5%. Of­ten goes wide of the crease but the an­gle – which he gen­er­ates through a sharp arc in his torso while his head al­most faces away from the bats­man at the point of de­liv­ery – and pace al­lows him to at­tack the wicket, while bounce can force bats­men to in­side-edge onto their stumps, as Ol­lie Pope did in the sec­ond in­nings of the first Test.

Tests wick­ets at 25.54

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