LONDON, June 5: Jason Holder’s West Indies are reviving memories of their World Cup glory days with a pace attack that has the ability to strike fear into opposition batsmen.
The two-time champions opened their campaign at the tournament in England and Wales by skittling out Pakistan for just 105 at Trent Bridge as their quicks made good use of the bouncer.
Oshane Thomas led the way with four for 27, while Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell and captain Holder provided good support as the West Indies cruised to a seven-wicket win.
When West Indies beat Australia in the inaugural 1975 World Cup final at Lord’s, their side included a four-man pace battery.
And when they defeated England four years later in another Lord’s final to retain their title, the West Indies did so with the original “fearsome foursome” of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft and Joel Garner.
Nobody is suggesting the current line-up is yet in that class but the fact they bowled Pakistan out cheaply without Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel shows that, once again, West Indies have an impressive stock of fast bowlers.
And it was further evidence that, although they only scraped into this World Cup via a qualifying tournament, they are more than capable of beating anyone on their day. – AFP