Gibson is doing everything he can to get his team ready for the big challenge ahead
West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson has revealed that the team’s bowling attack will play a vital role in helping to contain the England squad during their three Test series which starts on May17.
According to analysts, the West Indies will find this to be one of the hardest series of 2012 since they are going up against the number one Test team in the world, and also due to their inexperience with the conditions of the country.
However, Gibson believes that his bowling attack has enough in them to pose a real threat to the extremely talented England batting lineup.
“We feel that our bowling attack is capable of getting 20 wickets in England, we haven’t batted well. But if we can put some runs on the board, we believe that bowling attack is good enough,” he said.
England’s batting lineup have been one of the key reasons why they have claimed the top spot in the Test team rankings, with all their top five batsmen averaging over 40.
With most of the West Indies team playing for the first time in England, many pundits have noted that it will be even more difficult for the tourists to conquer the host’s batting lineup.
Gibson however, stated that the team were preparing a plan to contain the top five English batsmen.
“We will have some pretty good plans to their batters, we have a lot of footage and will trawl through it to see how we can exploit weaknesses, based also on my having bowled at them in the nets and spent a lot of time with them – and understanding how they think as batters,” he said.
Gibson, also noted that he would try and do everything he could to ensure that the bowling attack are as dangerous and ruthless as possible.
“People improve their technique but their mentality stays the same sometimes. If I can add anything to our bowlers to help them gain an advantage and get them out, that is what I will be trying to do,” he added.
The West Indies lost 2-0 in the last Test series they played in England, which took place three years ago, losing by 10 wickets in the first Test and by an innings and 83 runs in the second.