West Indies add Shannon Gabriel to 15-member squad: The quick bowler is in likeliness of taking part in the primary Test in Southampton.
West Indies have added quick bowler Shannon Gabriel to their 15-member squad for the upcoming three-match Test sequence in opposition to England. The official announcement comes on the again of head coach Phil Simmons hinting the identical every week in the past.
Representing WI Holder XI within the lately concluded apply match in opposition to WI Brathwaite XI, Gabriel registered bowling figures of 8-1-42-Four taking part in a pivotal function in bundling out the opposition for 178 in 34 overs within the first innings.
In the primary apply match, Gabriel had picked match figures of 20-4-80-4 to be among the many wickets in each the innings. Coming on the again of a knee damage, West Indies have been maybe ready for Gabriel to show match health earlier than together with him in the primary squad.
West Indies add Shannon Gabriel to 15-member squad
“I am delighted that we are able to add Shannon to the Test squad. He has shown that he is fit and ready, he will add experience, firepower and potency to the bowling unit,” Cricket West Indies lead selector Roger Harper mentioned in an announcement concerning Gabriel’s choice.
No shock however Shannon Gabriel now formally added to the West Indies predominant Test squad. Reserve standing was solely ever a case of needing to show health
— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) July 2, 2020
Gabriel, who final performed for West Indies through the residence sequence in opposition to India in 2019, has been a constant determine for them within the format of late. Although with minimal returns, Gabriel had represented Gloucestershire in three first-class matches in final yr’s Division Two County Championship.
In eight Tests in opposition to England, Gabriel has picked 26 wickets at a median of 29.96, an financial system price of 3.29 and a strike price of 54.6.
Considering the uncertainty concerning West Indies captain Jason Holder’s health, Gabriel’s presence within the closing XI turns into all of the extra necessary for the guests.