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