The West Indies cricket team has a rich tradition in fast bowling, including the fearsome four-prong pace attacks of the 1970’s and 80’s. These attacks were known for driving fear into opposition batsmen, which on most occasions led to their demise and famous victories for the West Indies team.
In this golden area of fast bowling in the Caribbean, fast bowlers were in constant supply, and some outstanding bowlers played little or no test cricket due to this. However, since the 1990s, there has been a steady decline in the fast bowling stock — since 1990, there has not been a West Indian fast bowler that can be classified as great, the last two great fast bowlers were Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh who both started playing in the 1980’s.
There have been a few promising talents, but none have gone on to dominate at the international level, in the current West Indies set-up there are a few fast bowlers that can generate mind-boggling speeds, none more so than Shannon Gabriel.
Edited by Robin Elliston
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