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West Indies Is Experiencing A Fast Bowlers Recession

In economic terms, a recession is basically defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth.

cricket ball & batNeedless to say, an economic recession can have a devastating effect on any economy, and if not arrested early will lead to a depression which poses an even bigger threat to the economic life of a country.

Now, over the years, West Indies has produced some of the greatest fast bowlers ever to hit the turf with a cricket ball in the game of cricket.

For the most part, these bowlers have not only been tall and strong but brought to their game a degree of class, quality, skill, intelligence, and sizzling speed never before seen in the history of the game.

The battery of fast bowlers produced back then by the West Indies included the likes of Learie Constantine, George Francis, Herman Griffith, Manny Martindale, Leslie Hylton, Hines Johnson, Roy Gilchrist, Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft, and later on to the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh, and Curtly Ambrose, among others.

However, that period, on reflection may be referred to as the boom period when West Indies produced fast bowlers faster than the reproduction of a rabbit.

So rich was the West Indies back then in fast bowling that selecting three or four quicks was par for the course and moreover, to make the pick you not only had to be good, but damn good.

These were guys who made batsmen not only quake in their boots but also made them reluctant to want to go out and bat.

Now, fast forward to today, the bowlers are short, lack style, and grace and more often than not, after bowling five overs on the trot could easily be put out to pasture as they appeared listless, tired, and non-effective.

Take, for example, Jerome Everton Taylor, the chief strike bowler, he has nothing much to show for his effort lately.

He has played 41 Test matches, 79 ODI’s, 64 First Class, and 85 List A games; however, his bowling average is nothing to write home about, 33.45 in Test 26.91 ODI’s 26.70 First Class and 25.57 in List A.

Certainly, he has done well intermittently but lacks consistency, guts, stamina, and most importantly wickets as evidenced by the tri-nation series currently being played in the Caribbean. At this stage of his career, one would expect more from the Jamaican fast bowler.

Yes, today, West Indies still churns out fast bowlers, but they often fall by the wayside which is tantamount to a sower sowing seeds that fall on rocky ground.

In most of the matches played locally and internationally currently, the West Indies fast bowlers failed to dominate as they once did. In fact, one could say that West Indies fast bowlers have changed from being roaring lions to being cuddly pussycats as batsmen today tear their bowling apart at will.

Now, unless something is done quickly to correct this malady that besets the West Indies, one could argue that they will continue to wallow at the bottom of world cricket.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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