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."