India in West Indies 2011 July 5, 2011

Edwards wants to be world's best bowler

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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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  • TAJY 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

  • hellraiser.. 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

  • 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 batsmen...like I said: Hope springs Eternal!

  • 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.

  • johnathonjosephs 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

  • MinusZero 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

  • r1m2 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.

  • sagitrama 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?

  • US_Indian 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.

  • Shankp5 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.

  • TAJY 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

  • hellraiser.. 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

  • 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 batsmen...like I said: Hope springs Eternal!

  • 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.

  • johnathonjosephs 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

  • MinusZero 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

  • r1m2 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.

  • sagitrama 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?

  • US_Indian 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.

  • Shankp5 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.

  • Robster1 on July 5, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    And get Taylor and Roach into the side as well, then just prepare some fast and bouncy tracks - bingo !

  • on July 5, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    good from Edwards, always great to have a goal,his is to be number 1, good luck to him,if he work hard enuff he can succeed...i need to see a good team vs india tomorrow.. lets tie the series

  • jessjess on July 5, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    @KAIRAVA: I agree completely. The Windies must get back to what worked for them in their years of Dominance. It worked when they had 4 pace bowlers. The WICB must also choose their best team in tests which include Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin and Jerome Taylor. One issue is who should be captain because Sammy isn't a good enough pace bowler to be in the side. Let alone be captain.

  • on July 5, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    thats nice spirit... It wil make him capable of achieving his goal!!

  • CricketChat on July 5, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Edwards is clearly the fastest bowler from either side. If only if he can curtail giving away free runs to batsman, he would become even more potent weapon for WI. It is always a great sight to see fast revival of fast bowlers now that Akhtar and Lee no longer play Test cricket.

  • on July 5, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Mommy I want bo the best bowler in the world, Jokes apart Dale Steyn is way above any fast bowler in the world at the moment followed by a huge gap by Anderson, Morkel, Zaheer Khan, Umar Gul etc

  • VivGilchrist on July 5, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    ...might want to get that average below 30 before making a statement like that (and I hope he does) but it's good to have goals. Edwards, Taylor, Roach, and Rampaul make a pretty healthy pace battery.

  • on July 5, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    The problem is that the batsmen are not making runs. It's as simple as that. Sammy leads well and i bet if he was making 40's and 50's the Sammy haters would be saying that he is the best captain since sliced bread. Sammy needs to be a batsman when he is batting, a bowler when he's bowling and a captain when he's not doing any of those two. Only then will he do better as a player. He's not naturally gifted enough to focus on all those roles as one single unit so he then has to concentrate on them independently of each other. Sammy once again you have my support.

  • concerned_cricketer on July 5, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    That's a brave goal to set. Good on you Fidel Edwards to have stated your goal for all to hear. I am sure it is a matter of time alone if you keep doing what you're doing and avoid injuries.

  • MM-MALIK on July 5, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    I just wanna ask where the X-fast bowlers gone,arent they can give their expertise to the coming young WI fast bowlers.i havent heard any comments from them or and services they can offer to young blood.Almost from last 5 years WI is looking a new venture team came in to world cricket in both batting and bowling.In other words WI team needs coaching from their experienced and tips from their old GURUS to compete with other cricket nations.WI team have the potential but need a right path and coaching for their prospect future.

  • enigma12345 on July 5, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    @KAIRAVA i agree with u Jermaie Lawson is awesome i still cant forget his spell against india in the match marlon also scored superb century

  • Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on July 5, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @sanjeevmukherjee2006: Best attack in the world? That's pushing it mate. Steyn, Morkel, Tsotsobe, Parnell, Tahir is a much better attack. That WI one would be very good though, although many underestimate Sammy because he's not quick- A test bowling average of 28.86 is rather good!

  • Sportsscientist on July 5, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    smudgeon - can't you work it out???? sammy can't be dropped as captain......so you have to make way for a batsman, or a bowler. given the inconsistency with the team.....WI have decided to pack the side with batsmen, and go one attcking bowler short......plain and simple.

    Better to have 6 or 7 batsmen and a bowler short to draw a test, then play 5 bowlers and not make enough runs.......if you see the WI managment logic.

  • on July 5, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    I'd say focus on getting past Mitchell Johnson for now, then aim to overcome Steyn's challenge, as he poses the biggest for any aspiring bowler in world cricket today.The positive though for Fidel Edwards is that the average is on its way down, and if he's consistently improving, then who knows?

    All the best.

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Love this windis team.... Sammy is my on of fav cricketer bt he should more consistant.

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    west indies bowling line up is good at the moment.but if they leave out sammy for roach,it can be a threatening attack.ideally dwayne bravo should play as the all-rounder.edwards is very talented and if he finds the right length instead of bowling short there is no reason he can get near the top.but no 2 is a realistic target because dale steyn is the best bowler i have ever seen.

  • on July 5, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    WI should include roach in their eleven this makes their pace bowling department formittable

  • nailafun on July 5, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Good to see he has a goal....more bowlers these day take it 'match by match'

  • stationmaster on July 5, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    I would love to see WI batsmen commit to being great, like Fidel has done, he may never make number one, or he may succeed - but the passion he has, it what is lacking in the batting. I pray for WI to find a great batsmen that can help the others play around him and learn from him.

  • on July 5, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    "i want to be the no.1 bowler in the world" Mate who doesn't...good luck trying to get ahead of dale steyn

  • sweetspot on July 5, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    I for one, never doubted WI as a good to very good bowling side, and they look even more complete with Bishoo doing so well now. It is the batting that is a major worry. They don't look SOLID at all. India has not crossed 300 even once this series, and WI still look way behind them! Let's hope WI bowling lifts their batting too. I really don't care if the WI start winning a LOT of games, against everyone. They are a fun team always.

  • Alexk400 on July 5, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    West Indies are unbalanced side because of Sammy. Reason sammy is there that not one person put the hands up to lead. Gayle captaincy was awful. chander , sars also awful. They really need a batsman who can do captaincy. i think marlon samuels is a good choice but we all know he was involved in betting so people won't do that. if they have one batsman who bat like dravid (chanders is mentally / physically out) ..they can build around them. Hope their new 20 year old batsman click and set up a nucleus for future. They need 4 150kmph fast bowler. Taylor , Kemar roach , edwards are good. Ramphal does occasionaly well. One disappointing player is dwayne bravo. He can't bat or bowl in TEST.

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    why the windies do not select their best bowling combination. with edwards, roach,taylor , bishoo, they make an awsome combination

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on July 5, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    they should find a way out to include roach..Wi bowling is the best in the world with Fidel, Roach, Rampaul, Jerome taylor and bishoo's spin, it is the batting which needs to pull up the socks.. also i think they are playing with 3 main bowlers..Sammy is at the most supporting bowler not a frontline bowler..would like to see somehow roach or jerome in the playing 11

  • smudgeon on July 5, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Is Kemar Roach injured? A Windies attack that doesn't feature him at the moment seems a little toothless, although I like what Fidel Edwards has been doing since coming back. I'm not sure he'll have the goods to be #1 (unless Steyn explodes through sheer talent alone), but an attack featuring him, Roach, and Bishoo looks pretty good. Given a few solid batsman at the top who can control the urge to attack everything, the Windies will be a good unit in a few years' time.

  • on July 5, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Fidel is bowling well. He's bowling quickly even in his later spells. With his action he will maintain high bowling speeds for longer than players with more " classical " actions.

  • KAIRAVA on July 5, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Imagine what the new breed of 21st century West Indies super-fast bowlers quartet of Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Jermaine Lawson (unfortunate case) could have done to the Indian batsmen on these green & bouncy pitches in Kingston & Barbados. Sammy & Rampaul are inferior bowlers compared to these pint-sized hurricanes.

  • Anil_Koshy on July 5, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    West Indies will never win a test match if they continue to adopt 3 bowler policy, in order bowl an opposition out twice you should have atleast 4 good bowlers but of late Windies are playing on 3 regular bowlers plus Bravo or Sammy, with this type of combination you can never beat the opposition. Edwards is a great bowler, he needs support at the other end from bowlers like Rampaul, Roach and Taylor.

  • tropicalkingb on July 5, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Would like a more potent bowling attack. Roach or even Russel should be included along with Rampaul, Edwards and Bishoo. Russel would be more practical as it is the batting has been the WI downfall.

  • RodStark on July 5, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    I hope so! World cricket needs a strong Wets Indies. (I won't be saying that if they start beating England in a few years.)

  • on July 5, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Good to see Edwards get back into form. For a bowler who strikes at a rate of less than 3 wickets per match it seems hard to believe that Edwards would be no.1. With Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor, West Indies certainly have good fast bowling stocks at their disposal.

  • on July 5, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Keep that attitude Fidel. Pace, swing and the right approach will do wonders for your bowling and the team.

  • Gizza on July 5, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    Considering that he's 29 and a fast bowler, he doesn't have too many years ahead of him. But good luck Fidel.

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  • Gizza on July 5, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    Considering that he's 29 and a fast bowler, he doesn't have too many years ahead of him. But good luck Fidel.

  • on July 5, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Keep that attitude Fidel. Pace, swing and the right approach will do wonders for your bowling and the team.

  • on July 5, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Good to see Edwards get back into form. For a bowler who strikes at a rate of less than 3 wickets per match it seems hard to believe that Edwards would be no.1. With Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor, West Indies certainly have good fast bowling stocks at their disposal.

  • RodStark on July 5, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    I hope so! World cricket needs a strong Wets Indies. (I won't be saying that if they start beating England in a few years.)

  • tropicalkingb on July 5, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Would like a more potent bowling attack. Roach or even Russel should be included along with Rampaul, Edwards and Bishoo. Russel would be more practical as it is the batting has been the WI downfall.

  • Anil_Koshy on July 5, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    West Indies will never win a test match if they continue to adopt 3 bowler policy, in order bowl an opposition out twice you should have atleast 4 good bowlers but of late Windies are playing on 3 regular bowlers plus Bravo or Sammy, with this type of combination you can never beat the opposition. Edwards is a great bowler, he needs support at the other end from bowlers like Rampaul, Roach and Taylor.

  • KAIRAVA on July 5, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Imagine what the new breed of 21st century West Indies super-fast bowlers quartet of Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Jermaine Lawson (unfortunate case) could have done to the Indian batsmen on these green & bouncy pitches in Kingston & Barbados. Sammy & Rampaul are inferior bowlers compared to these pint-sized hurricanes.

  • on July 5, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Fidel is bowling well. He's bowling quickly even in his later spells. With his action he will maintain high bowling speeds for longer than players with more " classical " actions.

  • smudgeon on July 5, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Is Kemar Roach injured? A Windies attack that doesn't feature him at the moment seems a little toothless, although I like what Fidel Edwards has been doing since coming back. I'm not sure he'll have the goods to be #1 (unless Steyn explodes through sheer talent alone), but an attack featuring him, Roach, and Bishoo looks pretty good. Given a few solid batsman at the top who can control the urge to attack everything, the Windies will be a good unit in a few years' time.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on July 5, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    they should find a way out to include roach..Wi bowling is the best in the world with Fidel, Roach, Rampaul, Jerome taylor and bishoo's spin, it is the batting which needs to pull up the socks.. also i think they are playing with 3 main bowlers..Sammy is at the most supporting bowler not a frontline bowler..would like to see somehow roach or jerome in the playing 11