Windies has attack for all seasons, says confident GibsonSeptember 8th, 2012 - 3:12 pm ICT by IANS
Bridgetown (Barbados), Sep 8 (IANS/CMC) Head coach Ottis Gibson believes the West Indies boasts a bowling attack that will thrive in whatever conditions the team meets during the World Twenty20 Championship starting next week in Sri Lanka.
Conditions in the Asian subcontinent usually favour spin but Gibson said the 15-man squad comprised a well balanced bowling unit that would be prepared to face the challenges of the surfaces during the Sep 18 to Oct 7 tournament, reports CMC.
He said that though the line up comprised just two specialist spinners, Chris Gayle could be called upon to provide his off-breaks.
“I think we’ve got a squad to suit any conditions. We’ve got two quality spinners in (Samuel) Badree and Sunil Narine, we’ve got some spin from Marlon Samuels and Chris also bowls,” Gibson said here.
“If we get there and the wicket is spinning and the captain feels that spin is the better option than pace then of course Chris then becomes a very good option.
“He’s done well all across the world in this format bowling his off-breaks so I’m sure if he’s called on he’ll do that for us as well.”
In a practice match against a UWI Select XI Thursday, Gayle claimed three for 28 as the West Indies won by 77 runs at 3W’s Oval.
Gibson said he was confident about his seam attack which will be led by fast bowlers Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul, and also includes Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell.
All-rounder Dwayne Smith also bowls sharp medium pace.
“We’ve got quality seam and we’ve got quality spin as well so we’ve got certainly a bowling attack that we believe will be able to strive in any conditions,” Gibson stressed.
The West Indies have been in camp at the High Performance Centre since last Saturday in preparation for the World T20.
They played warm-up matches against the HPC and a UWI Select XI Thursday and will play a final practice game Saturday, before leaving for Colombo Sunday.
The Windies will clash with Sri Lanka in their first official warm-up fixture Thursday before facing Afghanistan in the second and final warm-up Sep 17.
They will then do battle with Australia and Ireland in Group B, as they chase a spot in the all-important Super Eight second round.
“We know that we have got a very strong unit in this format and we are not really focusing on what other people think of us,” said Gibson.
“We’re getting together every day and training hard in the gym, working hard in the nets and making sure that we have all our bases covered.”
- Windies begin final preparations for World T20 - Sep 01, 2012
- Confident West Indies leave for Sri Lanka - Sep 10, 2012
- No worries with Gayle return: Gibson - Jun 15, 2012
- No fallout expected from Windies loss: Gibson - Sep 14, 2012
- Sammy says Windies must back up 'favourites' tag - Sep 02, 2012
- No Gayle, no cry says West Indies coach - Oct 06, 2011
- West Indies bring back Darren Bravo for T20 World Cup - Aug 23, 2012
- Skipper Sammy rues his team's inconsistency - Jun 25, 2012
- Patience has been the key: Samuels - Jun 10, 2012
- West Indies name 30-man provisional squad for World T20 - Jul 19, 2012
- Depleted Windies aim to punch up England in first T20I - Sep 23, 2011
- We can go all the way: Chris Gayle - Sep 13, 2012
- Gibson brushes off Windies favourites tag - Jun 15, 2012
- West Indies sweating on batting trio as tour bowls off - May 06, 2012
- Badree gets nod ahead of Benn in Windies squad - Jun 25, 2012
Tags: asian subcontinent, bridgetown barbados, chris gayle, dwayne bravo, dwayne smith, fast bowlers, fidel edwards, head coach, high performance centre, hpc, man squad, marlon samuels, medium pace, ottis gibson, practice game, ravi rampaul, rounder, uwi, west indies, wicket