Pacers need to forge their own identity: Windies coach

 

Pacers need to forge their own identity: Windies coach
The West Indies were the pioneering powerhouses of one-day international cricket

Southampton - Estwick certainly was happy to buy into the vibe

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Published: Sun 9 Jun 2019, 8:51 PM

Last updated: Sun 9 Jun 2019, 11:05 PM

West Indies bowling coach Roddy Estwick wants to be really clear about Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Malcom Marshall, Andy Roberts or any of the other pace greats of the Caribbean. They're not in this team.
The way Jason Holder's bowling attack has started this Cricket World Cup has had some observers comparing them with the famous Windies pace batteries of the 1970s and 80s.
Not Estwick, a former first-class bowler from Barbados who played in England and South Africa and has been West Indies bowling coach since 2016.
"We can't keep looking back," he said on Sunday, on the eve of the World Cup group game against South Africa. "We have to respect the past - our great bowlers of the past obviously they are very important in our history. But what we've got now, this group of bowlers now, they have got to find their own identity. They have got to find their own way."
Having said that, Estwick certainly was happy to buy into the vibe. "Every West Indian is in this. This is big for the Caribbean people," he said. "One thing that we have been stressing is to go out and put a smile on the people's faces in the Caribbean.
"We want people to wake up in the morning with a smile on their face, seeing West Indians playing good cricket."
The West Indies were the pioneering powerhouses of one-day international cricket, winning the first two World Cup titles in 1975 and '79 and finishing runners-up in 1983 on the back of their swashbuckling batting and fearsome fast bowling. They haven't been back to a final since.
They weren't even ranked highly enough to get a direct place when the 2019 tournament was cut from 14 teams to 10, having to secure one of the two spots on offer (along with Afghanistan) in qualifying.


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