West Indies tour of Australia, 2005-06 October 29, 2005

Bennnett King thinks his batsmen are the weak link

Cricinfo staff

Bennett King believes Glenn McGrath and Co. will be quite a handful for even the likes of Brian Lara and Chris Gayle © Getty Images
Bennett King, the West Indies coach, reposes more faith in his unproven bowling attack than in the team's batting. King believes it will be the Australian bowlers who will turn on the pressure on the West Indies in the three-Test series that begins in Brisbane on November 3.

"We have the bowling that can unsettle the Australian batsmen," King was reported as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald. "History shows they have two of the best bowlers in the world, so batting is in for a tough time, I guess."

King regards Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne as the prime threats to a star-studded batting lineup that includes Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chris Gayle, all of whom have played over 50 Tests. Lara averages 53.75 with the bat, Chanderpaul 47.41, Sarwan 40.87 and Gayle 39.38, but King feels that they have their task cut out for them.

The West Indies squad to Australia includes six fast bowlers, none of whom has played more than 17 Tests. Jermaine Lawson, whose action has been scrutinised in the past, is the only fast bowler who averages less than 30 with the ball. King believes all six have the necesssary pace and fire to succeed, and cited their good showing in Sri Lanka in July. "We didn't get enough runs in Sri Lanka on very good batting decks but we certainly got very good players out," King said. "We know we can get good players out. We have to make sure we get runs as well."

King's claims come a day after his bowlers, led by Daren Powell (4 for 58), bowled out Queensland for 323 in a warm-up game ahead of the Test series. Lawson, Fidel Edwards and Corey Collymore were all rested but are expected to come into contention for the first Test.