Windies need pace trio to rule again: West Hall

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Basseterre, St Kitts:Indians are susceptible to genuine pace bowling and West Indies can rule the world again once they can find at least three fast bowlers firing at over 90 miles an hour, according to legendary fast bowler West Hall.

"Indians are vulnerable to genuinely quick bowling. There is no doubt about that. They are great players but they rather spin. They are born and bred on spin," Hall told CMC CricketPlus in an interview during the ongoing third Test here.

Hall said West Indies can return to the top of world cricket if they can find three genuine fast bowlers.

''I have been very consistent with my views on the future of West Indian cricket. I said three or four years ago that we have turned the corner, but the proviso has always been with me that whenever we produce three fast bowlers of about 90 miles an hour we will be on top of the world,'' said Hall, who was a selector and president of the West Indies Cricket Board.

''I say so because I have always recognised that since 1923 with George Challenor, 1929 with the great master George Headley, we've had batsmen. Following George would be the 3Ws, then Sir Garry, Sir Viv, Clive Lloyd, (Rohan) Kanhai, (Seymour) Nurse, all these great players and then you enter (Gordon) Greenidge and (Desmond) Haynes.'' ''For those 75 years we've always had batsmen in the first three in the world. There is no doubt about it. But you have to bowl people out twice to win a game. And I believe that whenever we get three fast bowlers of 90 miles and over, well then I think we'll rule the world,'' Hall said.

Hall said he understood the frustration of West Indies captain Brian Lara in his team being unable to bowl India out since the first innings of the opening Test when they fell for 241.

He also described Lara as ''a very sensible guy who knows what's going on''.

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