West Indies aim to outgun opponents with pace at World Cup qualifier
Harare, March 3 - West Indies chief coach Stuart Law believes his team's pace attack will play a crucial role during the ICC World Cup qualifier as the opponents are not used to facing top-class fast bowlers.
The likes of Kemar Roach, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams can bowl with a speed exceeding 135 kmph. And Law expects them to torment the opposition as the erstwhile kings of international cricket aim to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.
"Our quicks are a bit more capable of getting the ball up at high speed, which the Associates don't probably get to see a lot of and this is something that we can use to our advantage. As the event will progress, the wickets will spin more and we have quality spinners as well," Law said in a ICC release on Saturday.
West Indies have slow bowlers like leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller and off-spinner Ashley Nurse.
"The strength of lot of Associate teams is based around spin and the quicks they have seem to be pretty reasonable as well. We can't just go out and blast and dominate against these attacks. We have to be a little smarter to go about it," he said.
"Our bowlers have been consistently taking wickets upfront and we have a good mix of off-spin, left-arm spin and leg-spin. I think it is a well-balanced attack that we take into each game."