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Shannon Gabriel (right) claims another wicket during the First Test. Source:

I referred in my last article (CN June 17) to the fact that no batsman likes to face up to pace and those who say they do have never really played against genuine fast bowling.

I also mentioned that Shannon Gabriel, the quick bowler from Trinidad, found a suitable pitch at the Queen’s Park Oval and took full advantage of it in the first Test match (June 6–10) against Sri Lanka. The wicket was fast and bouncy which has not been seen at the Oval for some time.

Although in the first innings Gabriel only picked up two wickets for 48 runs in 13 overs this was an ideal scene where a bowling spell did more damage than the figures show.

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