Shannon Gabriel Spoke Ahead of 3rd Test Against England
West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel spoke to members of the media as the home side continued preparations for the third and final Test of the Wisden Trophy Series.
West Indies lead the three-match rubber 2-0 – following victories by 381 runs in Barbados and by 10 wickets in Antigua. The match will be played at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground from Saturday, February 9 to Wednesday, February 13. First ball daily is 10am (9am Jamaica Time/2pm GMT).
“This series win a great achievement for us. Thinking back about last year when we lost 0-2 in Bangladesh, we were all hurting. Thankfully, we stuck together and we came out and showcased our talents. And to show some improvement. This series win has been great and I’m really pleased to be part of it. We have great confidence and we are definitely looking to make it 3-0. We’re not just going for the win, we’re also playing for the people of the Caribbean and we are also playing for points to move up the Test rankings,” Gabriel said.
The strongly-built 30-year-old returns to the venue where he performed heroics last June against Sri Lanka – with 13 wickets for 121 runs – the third best match figures in West Indies history. He has climbed to Number 11 in the ICC Test bowling rankings. He is joined in the Top 20 by team-mates Jason Holder (Number 6) and Kemar Roach (Number 11).
“This ground has been good to me I’ve had some good times on this ground where I bowled well and got wickets. I suits my style of fast bowling and I did well last year when we played against Sri Lanka. It’s a fast pitch with some bounce, so I’m expecting the same kind of pitch here again this year,” Gabriel added.
The West Indies will have their final pre-match training session on Friday at 9am (8am Jamaica Time/1pm GMT).
1st Test: Kensington Oval – Jan 23-27
RESULT: WINDIES won by 381 runs
2nd Test: Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground – Jan 31 to Feb 4
RESULT: WINDIES won by 10 wickets
3rd Test: Daren Sammy Cricket Ground – Feb 9-13
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