Estwick gives Gabriel props - He is the leader of the attack


April 26, 2017


Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has come in for high praise from bowling coach Roddy Estwick over his work ethic, following his recovery from injury.

Speaking during the ongoing first Test, Estwick hailed the effort by Gabriel after the Trinidadian speedster took two crucial wickets during the third day of the contest at Sabina Park, to finish with three wickets in the Pakistan first innings.

"Shannon is now the leading fast bowler in the team and he is the leader of the attack. He has really accepted that responsibility and is willing to work hard for personal success as well as team success," Estwick said.

"I'm confident that he's on the right path and he will make a big impact. He's fully focused and knows what is required at this level.

"Test cricket is tough, it's a true test of your skills, and I'm working closely with Shannon and the other bowlers as we have a long year of Test cricket ahead. This is just the first (Test) match for the year and we have an exciting year ahead."

Gabriel has been nagged by injuries in recent months, and missed a portion of the West Indies tour of Australia in 2015-2016 with an ankle injury.

Last November, he also missed a crucial one-day international during the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe and in March he pulled up in the ODI series against England in the Caribbean.

"He's a very hard worker, he's always been a hard worker since I first worked with him in Barbados (at the WICB High Performance Centre), and it's really good to see that effort paying off," Estiwck said.

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