WEST Indies players believe the addition of pacer Shannon Gabriel to the front-line squad brings greater potency to the bowling unit for the Test series against hosts England.
Gabriel, currently ranked among the top 20 bowlers in Test cricket, was originally listed among the reserves on tour after not playing a first-class game since late last year and only recently recovering from ankle surgery. The 32-year-old Trinidadian proved his fitness with eight wickets in two intra-squad practice matches in Manchester.
“As we all know Shannon is ranked number 19 in the world. [He is] just coming off a slightly lean period in the last year or so but in the last two or three years, Shannon has been very successful,” Gabriel’s teammate Shamarh Brooks said during a press conference at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday.
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