Pace will hurt at the World Cup – Holder backs Cottrell, Thomas to perform well

By April 12, 2019
Sheldon Cottrell (Left) and Oshane Thomas Sheldon Cottrell (Left) and Oshane Thomas

Windies captain, Jason Holder, believes strongly that Jamaican fast bowlers Oshane Thomas and Shelton Cottrell will cause problems at the World Cup in England. 

Cottrell came to the party in the Caribbean against England late, but his impact was immediate, the left-arm pacer enjoying best figures of 5-46 in the second of the ODIs, a series that would end in a 2-2 draw.

Thomas also showed sparks of the damage he could cause in that series against England, the pacer putting together statistics of 5-21, bowling out the visitors for 113.

Holder believes the pair could have massive impact on the fortunes of the Windies in the World Cup.

The Windies, for the first time in their history, were made to qualify for the World Cup in a competition they eventually lost to Afghanistan.

That fact, along with the recent form of the team, has cast doubts on whether the Caribbean side could mount a formidable challenge when the competition bowls off at the end of May.

However, Cottrell, has returned from injury and sub-par form since that time and makes the Windies, a sometimes powerful batting unit, an all-round more dangerous prospect, which can hurt you in a number of ways.

Thomas, on the other hand, burst onto the scene in last year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), bowling with real venom, something witnessed first-hand by veteran opener Chris Gayle, who he trapped in his stance with the first ball of the evening when the Jamaica Tallawahs played against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park.

The feat set tongues wagging and he has been a part of the Jamaica set up in all formats of the game since then.

The Windies soon took note with Thomas since playing nine games for 15 wickets.   

Holder has begun a stint with Northampshire in English County Cricket, believing this to be good preparation for the big event.

Paul-Andre Walker

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