England's fearsome foursome
I have no idea what Derek Pringle was thinking or drinking when he felt that England's quick bowling attack brought back memories
of the West Indies' bowling quartet.
This quartet has been in operation for just over a year, since Simon Jones
came back from injury to play against West Indies in March last year
. Even excluding Roberts, who was at the fag end of his career when Marshall started making a name for himself, West Indies' fearsome foursome
would have played together for at least a couple of years and more, with devastating impact a lot of the time. Pringle himself admits that for sheer pace, England's current quartet cannot hold a candle to the West Indian attack. In addition, when Roberts quit, there were chaps like Courtney Walsh and Curtley Ambrose waiting to take over. Keep in mind the likes of Sylvester Clarke and Wayne Daniel who didn't get too many games or Colin Croft, who obviously got frustrated and flew to South Africa. With England currently pondering over whether to recall Gough or Caddick
to replace Simon Jones for the Oval test, it gives you an idea of England's backup quick bowling resources.
If anything, the only reason I would even venture to think of this England attack being on par, if not superior to the West Indies attack, is that the West Indies didn't have a spin bowler of the quality of Ashley Giles
. I am absolutely sure that he would walk into any all-time World XI. I am often flabbergasted when he doesn't. I was in fact in trauma when he wasn't named in the ICC World side
to take on Australia in October.
I'm ashamed to think that India, which produced the likes of Bishen Singh Bedi, cannot find a left arm spinner of his ability. I need to know start checking if Giles has any Indian blood in him. We could entice him to play for India!
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