ICL: Indian Cricket League

Ex-players want specialist fast bowlers


Former West Indies players Deryck Murray and Bryan Davis were pleased with the team’s win over Sri Lanka in Trinidad but they felt Chris Gayle should have gone with four specialist fast bowlers instead of banking on Dwayne Bravo to fill the fourth spot.

“It’s very good to have two wins out of five matches against two countries (West Indies beat South Africa in Port Elizabeth last December) who are higher on the table,” Davis, a former Test opener, said.

“It should make them feel good, and better about themselves.

“(But) I don’t consider Bravo a specialist bowler. He’s a good bowler, but he’s a support bowler, the fifth bowler. He’s an all-rounder.

“We’re missing that (fourth) bowler,” he explained.

“Once you have to put in the four specialist bowlers, I believe batsmen like Bravo and (Denesh) Ramdin have to come to the fore and make runs, and improve their approach.

“They are the ones at No 6 and 7 to make some runs, not counting out specialist bowlers,” he added.

Murray, the Trinidad and Tobago board president, also said the batsmen had to pull their weight in the side.

“What we need to be doing is when you select your teams you select six people as specialists. You need to put the responsibility on the batsman, six batsmen need to do the job,” he explained.

Murray also explained the need for a spinner to introduce variety in to the attack.

“Whether it’s a more containing type of bowler as opposed to the wicket-taking spinner, and you need two or three close to the team.

“(It’s been) hard on our spinners over the last three or four years, who have been

the leading wicket-takers over the last few years and they deserve recognition,” he added.

Source:Cricket News

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