Garner was one of the best bowlers in the West Indies ‘dream team’ of the 1980s
Former West Indian pace bowling legend, Joel Garner, believes that the team’s upcoming Test series against the Australians could revive the old rivalry between the two nations.
In the past years, Australia have come out on top in most of the Test series, winning 17 out of the 18 past Tests.
However, after tying the ODI series 2-2 and the Twenty20 International series 1-1, fans in the West Indies have high hopes that the current team can prove to be a massive challenge for the Australians.
Garner, himself, was excited about the upcoming series, which began today in his hometown of Barbados.
The Sydney Morning Herald, quoted Garner as saying: “Based on what I saw in the one-dayers and the T20s, I, like other West Indians, would encourage the team to keep fighting and battling hard. Over the years the West Indies and Australia have fought some bruising battles right here at the Oval.”
Garner, also hopes to see that aggression and passion the West Indies once had for the sport, which made them one of the most feared teams in the world.
“What we’re watching and what we’re seeing from the fellas is that the fighting spirit is coming back and I hope that we have a very good, very successful Test series,” Garner added.
With the first Test being played at the Kensington Oval, which has hosted numerous close encounters between the two nations, Garner, hopes that there will be another classic in the making.
“During my time I can remember an innings of high quality from Wayne Phillips. Just after my time we saw a magical match-winning double-century by Gordon Greenidge when he was just a few weeks away from his 40th birthday and in more recent times there was Brian Lara’s 153 not out with his back to wall that won us a Test match,” he said.
With the West Indies looking at their strongest in the past couple of years, Garner, stated that he could feel a comeback in the making.
“Something tells me that we will witness something really good during this Test series in the coming days,” he said.