Shannon Gabriel eyes personal, team glory in St. Lucia

By February 08, 2019

On the eve of the third and final Test against England, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is hoping for a bounty of wickets on a St. Lucia pitch that has been good to him in the past.

The powerfully built 30-year-old Trinidadian returns to the venue where he performed heroics last June against Sri Lanka, taking 13 wickets for 121 runs, the third best match figures in West Indies history.

And with only five wickets across two Tests to his name so far this series, a repeat performance would be more than welcome.

“This ground has been good to me,” he said, “I’ve had some good times on this ground where I bowled well and got wickets. It suits my style of fast bowling and I did well last year when we played against Sri Lanka. It’s a fast pitch with some bounce, so I’m expecting the same kind of pitch here again this year.”

The 30-year-old quick has seen his stocks rise in recent times, climbing to Number 11 in the ICC Test bowling rankings where he joins his teammates Jason Holder, ranked sixth and Kemar Roach ranked 12th.  His presence in the top 12, means that there are three Windies bowlers in the top tier of the bowling rankings for the first time in more than two decades.

And with the success that the Windies have had against England so far, Gabriel is banking on a continuation of the team’s good form that has made the world take notice.

“This series win a great achievement for us. Thinking back about last year when we lost 0-2 in Bangladesh, we were all hurting. Thankfully, we stuck together and we came out and showcased our talents and to show some improvement,” he said.

“This series win has been great and I’m really pleased to be part of it. We have great confidence and we are definitely looking to make it 3-0. We’re not just going for the win, we’re also playing for the people of the Caribbean and we are also playing for points to move up the Test rankings.”

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