Ones to Watch: West Indies

Monday 7th August 2017
& News
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire will host its first ever day/night first-class game when West Indies visit The 3aaa County Ground, from Friday 11 August, in the Bell & Co Tour Match and we take a look at their ones to watch.

Tickets remain on sale for the historic fixture in Derby and supporters can buy in advance and save £4. Adults can see international cricketers at The 3aaa County Ground for just £12 when purchased before the day of the game and juniors for £4.

The three-day Tour Match, sponsored by Bell & Co, begins on Friday 11 August and will be played with a pink ball between 2pm – 9pm.

Jason Holder

Barbados-born Captain Jason Holder is currently ranked tenth in the ICC Test Rankings for all-rounders.

At 23-years-old, Holder became the youngest ever West Indies Captain, taking the role just a year after making his Test debut.

Holder scored his maiden Test century in 2015 against England, hitting an unbeaten 103 to save the match. More recently the all-rounder took his career-best figures of 5-30 against Pakistan in the final Test of the 2016 series, helping West Indies run out five-wicket winners.

Now 25, with Test batting and bowling averages in the thirties, Holder is expected to lead a young West Indies side in Derby and he has the talent and firepower to lead from the front with both bat and ball.

Alzarri Joseph

Pace bowler Alzarri Joseph is one of the best young prospects in world cricket after he broke into the West Indies Test team in 2016, aged just 19.

After impressing for the West Indies Under 19s team, Joseph made his Test debut in 2016 against Pakistan, impressing by taking three wickets for 69 runs.

Joseph now looks to cement his place in the West Indies Test squad after becoming a regular in their ODI team.

Described as “young, fit, fast and fearless”, Joseph has the pace and height to take plenty of wickets under the lights at The 3aaa County Ground.

Shannon Gabriel

Shannon Gabriel is the West Indies’ main threat with the ball after climbing his way up the 19th in the ICC Test bowler rankings.

He made an immediate impact when he stepped up to first-class cricket at the age of 22, earning a call-up to West Indies A side just three games into his first domestic season.

Gabriel’s career progressed rapidly from there in going on to become one of the West Indies most dangerous bowlers.

The 29-year old, who has now played in 26 Test matches and taken 64 wickets for his country, is in good form, returning his best figures of 5-11 against Pakistan in May 2017.

Roston Chase

Roston Chase is an in-form batsman for the West Indies in Test cricket right now, having made centuries in his last two matches.

Chase made hundreds against Pakistan in their second and third Tests of the series 2017 after coming in at five, receiving the man of the match award in both fixtures.

He has continued his form in England, making 81 in the first innings and an unbeaten half-century in the second innings in the draw against Essex.

The 25-year-old is also handy with the ball, taking his maiden Test five-wicket haul against India in 2016. Chase will be looking to use this fixture as a platform to cement his place before the West Indies face England in a three-Test series.

Devendra Bishoo

A skiddy leg-spinner who shot to fame in limited overs cricket, Devendra Bishoo was named the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year in 2011.

Despite being forced to miss three years of international cricket from 2012 through injury, Bishoo has burst back onto the scene and become a regular in the West Indies Test side.

He has played in 24 Test matches and taken 86 wickets with his aggressive leg spin, including figures of 8-49 against Pakistan in 2016.

Set to feature at Derby, the tricky spinner will prove to be a test for the Derbyshire batsmen, using variation and flight to build pressure.

Recently in the fixture against Essex, Bishoo’s economical bowling returning figures of 1-17 from nine overs.

Kemar Roach

Fast bowler Kemar Roach recently shone in the West Indians game against Essex claiming figures of 5-43 and is definitely a man to keep your eye on.

Having represented the West Indies at Test level the paceman has claimed 122 wickets in Test cricket at an average of 30.

He has also been a key part of the West Indies One-Day International side, currently sitting with 99 wickets.

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