India in West Indies 2011 July 5, 2011

Edwards wants to be world's best bowler

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fidel Edwards, the West Indies fast bowler, has said that he is mastering the art of reverse swing and wants to be the world's best bowler. Edwards, 29, made his comeback in the series against India after two years in the wilderness and, since his return, he has taken 13 wickets in two Tests.

"My aim has always been to be at the top," Edwards said. "Now that I'm back my goal is to be the No.1 bowler in the world. I was away from the game for a few years and it feels good to be back. I'm bowling quite well and also getting the ball to reverse swing. During the time off I worked a lot on getting the ball to reverse swing, now it's working well for me."

Edwards said the wait out of the side - he didn't play a Test from May 2009 until last month - had made him hungrier to succeed. He took eight wickets in the second Test, including a five-for in the second innings, and produced spells of reverse swing.

That effort has pushed him up the ICC's bowling rankings and at No.18, he is higher than any of his current West Indies team-mates. Edwards bowled long spells in the Tests and said he was happy with the workload, and he was slowly returning to his best form.

"I've played back-to-back Test matches and my back has been holding up very well. I have been doing a lot of strength work with the trainer and things have been going well so far. I won't say I'm back to my best, but I have been taking wickets and it's the wickets the team needs. If I can keep taking wickets and keep improving, I believe I will be back to my best quite soon. I have to improve my consistency, so hopefully I will be able to put it together even more in the match here [Dominica] and get more wickets."

Edwards replaced Kemar Roach, who played the Tests against Pakistan, and has partnered Ravi Rampaul against India. He said it was a positive experience to share the new ball with Rampaul. "It has been great. He has been great throughout the season and has been getting early wickets for us. We just want to keep improving. It has been a good partnership with the new ball."

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  • Tajal on July 6, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I've always liked Edwards ever since he burst unto the scene with 5 wicket hauls on debut. He's a genuine wicket taker, and I must say he cleans up a tail better then any other current WI bowler. His problems are fitness, mental fortitude and control. He gets injured too fast, hopefully with a new commitment to fitness he would stay on the field. He needs to bowl smarter and keep his cool under pressure. When he loses this cool he starts giving away extras. Once these weaknesses are worked on then Fidel will definitely be a top ten bowler. I'd say fitness is his greatest concern

  • Padam on July 6, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    above all at least sammy is taking continuously wickets so there is no scope of any change in bowling lineup dude

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Usually when I read these posts I see ridiculous comments and its pleasing to see that these comments have been reduced in this post but there are still some around. Look: You CAN'T knock Ravi Rampaul AT ALL. He has improved his average and his wicket-taking and his pace. He's been getting early wickets AND batting. He's been brilliant in his renaissance. We as West Indians and cricket lovers all over WANT Taylor,Edwards, Rampaul Roach (TERR) TERRORISING the opposition! And when you've got Bishoo doing SO WELL, Russell coming along and Darren Sammy (NOT an allrounder BUT he bowls WELL for WI - I/we might not like it but its the plain TRUTH) we have a VERY capable bowling unit! We may have to employ a rotation policy with so many good bowlers! As for Fidel being number one?? Bwoy............hope springs eternal! Watch some Dale Steyn tapes bro! West Indies on the rise!!....Once we sort out the Gayle issue and get decent I said: Hope springs Eternal!

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    WI bowling stocks are pretty good! Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor, Ravi Rampual, Kemar Roach and Devendra Bishoo - well that would be a pretty handy bowling attack!! Throw Dwayne Bravo in the mix as a genuine all-rounder, it makes for an attack any team could aspire for. They just need to sort out their batting, and obviously the attitude of their selectors and administrators. That could make a vital difference to the fortunes of their team. Sammy may be an honest trier and a good man, but his skills seem to be inferior and its a folly to keep more talented men waiting in the wings.

  • Johnathon on July 6, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Sammy should be out and Jerome Taylor should be in. Taylor unlike Sammy actually scored a century and is one helluva bowler

  • Harvey on July 6, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    It would be great to see a West Indian on top of the rankings. I would like to see them get back to the days of Ambrose, Bishop, Marshall, Walsh and co

  • Rimtu on July 5, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Edwards is quite good. Once he got (gets?) his action fixed up a bit, to not get injured so much, he'd be a gem. He's one of the fastest in the world and the best thing about him is that he generates pace quite easily. I.e. he could be bowling 150 km/h the first ball of the day, as well as the last ball. His good days are very good, but his flaw has been his bad days, when he's been terrible. I believe it's some injury that he suffers from now and then but doesn't necessarily break down fully, so he continues playing. I hope his injury problems are behind him and he can continue to perform at his best for a bit longer. Love to see all these fast bowlers around, Edwards, Steyn all very fast, very good.

  • Ramachandran on July 5, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Fidel Edwards (slinger), Ravi Rampaul (Hits the deck hard), Jerome Taylor(genuine swing bowler @90 miles/hr), Kemar Roach (Raw Pace), Andre Russell (Genuine Fast bowling Allrounder) and Devendra Bishoo (Attacking Leg/Wrist Spinner). I can't think of a more all round attack in world cricket at the moment! Having said that what is Darren Sammy doing leading this attack?

  • Asker on July 5, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    @Kairava, it is real unfortunate for you to call Rampaul inferior, i can agree with sammy though. Look at his bowling, the speed, the variety and above all the wicket taking ability and you still call him inferior dude better check up your eyes and brains or maybe your heart because you seem little prejudiced.

  • Shankar on July 5, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Good luck to Edwards. Unless WI can produce spirited young people like Edwards who can take the WI team back even close to the great teams of yesteryears, cricket will NEVER be the same. Indeed, without a WI comeback, cricket might lose a huge following.

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