Shannon Gabriel has forced his way into the 15-man squad of the West Indies to take on England in the three-Test series scheduled to begin the upcoming week. Shannon Gabriel was amongst the reserve players the West Indies Board named as a precautionary measure. However, he has found a place, having proved his fitness and performances in the intra-squad warm-up matches at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
Shannon Gabriel last played a Test against India in August 2019 post which he suffered an ankle injury. Earlier, coach Phil Simmons gave encouraging news about the seamer, responding well to get match ready and spewed about the likeliness of making it to the squad. Gabriel is now part of a robust pace attack that comprises of Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Chemar Holder, Alzarri Joseph, and Raymond Reifer.
The 32-year old bowled in three innings and grabbed eight wickets for 122 runs. Having made his Test debut in May 2012, Shannon Gabriel has 133 wickets in 45 fixtures under his belt. The Trinidad’s seamer’s best figures came against Sri Lanka when he took 8/62 and ended with 13/121 for the match.
I am delighted that we are able to add Shannon Gabriel to the Test squad: Roger Harper
Former West Indian batsman and chief selector Roger Harper stated that he feels glad to include Gabriel into the mix, who has proved that he is match fit, raring to go, and would bolster the seam attack. West Indies are the current holders of the Wisden Trophy having won it back last year on their home soil.
“I am delighted that we are able to add Shannon to the Test squad. He has shown that he is fit and ready, he will add experience, firepower and potency to the bowling unit,” Harper stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
West Indies Test Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer and Kemar Roach