Estwick stated the group has labored on its health, which was a key issue within the success of the ferocious West Indies tempo assault of 70s and 80s, however insisted the present crop must “forge their own identity.”
“We’re beginning to get blessed with fast bowlers again in the West Indies, so that’s an exciting time for us,” Estwick was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“What we’ve done is improve our fitness. That’s one of the key things. If you look back in the 80s, that’s one thing the fast bowlers had, was fitness,” he added.
Armed with a powerful tempo assault, comprising the likes of Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and captain Jason Holder, West Indies are set to tackle hosts England in a three-match Test sequence, beginning July eight in Southampton.
“The other thing is they’re now understanding fast bowling, they’re getting to the age, Kemar and Shannon, where they’re leading the attack, they’re very, very experienced,” he stated.
“Jason Holder has become a lot better Test match bowler in the last two years, Alzarri Joseph is now beginning to show his potential. So we”ve got four fast bowlers where we can challenge any team in the world,” he added.
The West Indies group beat England at dwelling final yr to assert the Wisden Trophy with Roach main the tempo assault.
The 58-year-old stated the group is trying ahead to the sequence to see how the speedsters carry out.
“The fast bowling is very key to us. Shannon, Jason, Alzarri, Kemar. The four big fast bowlers, they’re here but what we’ve [also] got on this tour is a group of youngsters coming through: Chemar Holder, Oshane Thomas, Anderson Phillip,” he stated.
“Once we’ve improved that fitness, we can maintain pressure right through the day – before we tended to flag a little bit – and while our fitness continues to improve, that’s going to be key for us. If we can get that fitness and match sharpness up again, we’ll be ready to challenge the English batters,” Estwick added.
The sequence will mark the resumption of the worldwide cricket which has been suspended since March as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
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