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England vs West Indies: Shannon Gabriel says Windies will stick to strategy of unsettling visitors with pace

  • Press Trust of India
  • June 20th, 2020
  • 13:18:47 IST

West Indies would unleash its pace attack to subdue hosts England in the upcoming Test series, a strategy which paid them rich dividends at home last year, says Caribbean fast bowler Shannon Gabriel.

The 32-year-old Gabriel, who is returning from an injury, had played a major part in West Indies 2-1 over England at home in 2019.

File image of West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel. Reuters

File image of West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel. Reuters

"I don't think the plans should change too much from what we did in the Caribbean. We used pace and that worked. What we did was successful. I don't think we should fix anything that is not broken," Gabriel told media via video conference.

The England-West Indies series will be the first international cricket contest since March when coronavirus halted all sporting action.

Gabriel, who has played 45 Tests, is among the reserves for this tour but is confident that he can regain full fitness before the series starts on 8 July.

He had undergone an ankle surgery recently.

"After being away from the game so long, almost six or seven months, you're kind of hungry to get back on the field. I'm looking forward to the warm-up games and then we will take it from there. I've played a few Test matches before, so I know how to prepare," Gabriel said.

"The last time I played (for West Indies) was the India series (last September) in Jamaica. I want to play, I want to be ready to play against England.

"I'm fully motivated. If you're playing for your country and you're not motivated, you really should be on the field. This is not about half-hearted. You have to be all in," he said.

West Indies will have two inter-squad warm-up matches in Manchester before they travel to Southampton for the series-opener.

Updated Date: June 20, 2020 13:18:47 IST

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