Windies paceman, Shannon Gabriel will be playing in the final three games if the English Division Two Championship for Gloucestershire.

Gabriel joins a team that was expected to struggle this season but found a way to do well, sitting third on the table with three teams set for promotion to Division One.

Glamorgan, who are second, have the same number of points as Gloucester, making for an interesting final few games.

But there have been problems for Gloucestershire, who lost the services, of Australian seamer, Daniel Worrall through injury.

That setback was assuaged with part-time replacements as another Australian, swing bowler, Chadd Sayers stood in for four games. Other recruits Andrew Tye and Michael Clinger will be playing in the T20 Blast, leaving a window for Gabriel to make an impact.

Gabriel. Like Gloucestershire, has been having some problems. The fast bowler, who will be hoping to ensure his new side finishes strongly and earns promotion, has not been bowling well.

Gabriel was dangerous against England in Tests just before the World Cup, but since then, has a dreadful time.

The speedster had a tough time at the recently-concluded ICC World Cup, his express pace counting for very little, as he averaged 86.50 for his two wickets and had the unenviable economy rate of 8.43.

Fortunately, Gabriel has always been a much better red ball bowler and the hope is, he will get back to his best in very short order.

Gabriel does have an opportunity to regain some confidence heading into the stint, as his West Indies takes on India in a Test series just before.

"I'm really looking forward to joining up with Gloucestershire in September and I will be trying my best to help the team push for promotion to Division One," said Gabriel.

"Hopefully I'll be carrying some good form off the back of the Test series against India."

West Indies' pacers have shown sparks of the old Caribbean fire, but it needs to translate into more consistency, and wins for the team, before they can be truly compared to the greats of that era. 

Windies pace bowler Shannon Gabriel is confident he can be a huge asset to the One Day International team ahead of next month’s ICC World Cup.

The 30-year-old Gabriel has proven to be one of the region’s premier bowlers but has done most of his damage over the longest format.  Against Bangladesh last year the bowler got the third five-wicket haul of his career.  Against England in the last series, Gabriel took five wickets in the at an average of 27.4 and kept the visitors on their toes with 90mph pace.

In the 50-over format, the player has not featured for the Windies since 2017 during the team’s tour of New Zealand.  The player is, however, confident his current form will translate into the shorter format.

 “I think I still have a part to play in one-day cricket for the West Indies, and I just want to keep improving every step. It’s been a while, over a year, since I’ve played one-day cricket, so I just want to relish the opportunity once given the chance,” Gabriel said.

“Moving on from Test cricket, I don’t think my role has changed. They see me as someone who will go out there and look to take wickets, and I think my role is very clear and I always enjoy the ­challenge. I just want to go out there and ­perform to the best of my ability, take each game one game at a time.”

The new panel of Windies selectors has recalled Shannon Gabriel and Johnathan Carter for a squad selected for a Tri-nation series against Ireland and Bangladesh starting next month.

Legendary West Indies fast bowler turned commentator Michael Holding has rejected the notion of an increase in the use of stump microphones, which some have argued will benefit the game of cricket.

Debate in the public sphere has raged, as of late, after the devices played the role in the sanctioning of two players.  Windies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was banned for four matches after being accused of directing a ‘homophobic’ jibe toward England captain Joe Root.

In an ODI against South Africa, Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed was picked up on the stump mic making a racist comment to Andile Phehlukwayo and was also subsequently banned for four matches. 

Proponents of the argument have pointed to the positives of both outcomes and argued that an increase in microphones would also bring fans closer to players.  Holding, however, vehemently disagrees with the idea.  

"I had a conversation on air here in South Africa where I voiced my opinion on the stumps microphones being left on at all times.  It’s a backward step as far as I’m concerned,” Holding told Mumbai Mirror.

“The field of play and the dressing room belong to the combatants and the excuse being offered that it helps the viewers to enjoy the game is very lame.  If the public needs to hear the players on the field, it simply means the product being offered has a problem,” he added.

 

 

Shannon Gabriel has given his account of his third-Test exchange with Joe Root, with the West Indies bowler offering an "unreserved apology" to the England team and their captain as well as his own team-mates. 

 Former Windies coach Stuart Law believes a healthy fear of pace bowler Shannon Gabriel has been a major factor in the regional team’s dominance of England to date.

The 30-year-old Gabriel claimed 5 wickets for 115 runs, perhaps behind in comparison stats wise to Kemar Roach’s who took 9 for 99 in the same period but no less important to the outcome of the series insists Law.

Roach, captain Jason Holder and young pace bowler Joseph were the major beneficiaries after sharing 27 wickets among themselves.

"Shannon Gabriel bowling at (that pace), no-one wants to face it and I know for a fact a few England boys don't like facing Shannon," Law told a Wisden.com podcast.

"He wasn't the main destroyer. He was the one who put the wind up (England) and got them thinking, and then you had the skill and the craft of Kemar Roach, and Jason Holder with his big swing and bounce and a young firebrand Alzarri Joseph who can let rip at 90-plus as well,” he added.

"West Indies had better plans. The strategy was very simple, bowl fast and straight. They attacked the stumps more when they bowled. England were bowling pretty balls outside off stump."

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.

Windies captain Jason Holder has climbed into the top 10 of the MRF Tyres Test Player Rankings following the completion of the Test against England in Antigua last Saturday.

The Windies first day on a square in India has not started particularly well as an Indian Board President’s XI put them to the sword this morning. 

While Windies skipper Jason Holder is happy with the all-round performance of the Caribbean side after it pulled off the fifth biggest Test win in history against Bangladesh earlier this week, he is still warning his charges about the importance of staying consistent. 

The trouble good pace bowling would give to Bangladeshi batsmen in their two-game ICC Test Championship outings against the Windies came to the fore in 18.4 overs this morning, as the Windies ran through the innings like a hot knife through butter at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. 

Despite holding a lower Test ranking, there are more than a few pundits who expect the Windies to give a Bangladesh team hell over two Tests in the Caribbean on two conditions. 

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