Roberts calls for Powell's return

Stabroek News
May 27, 2003

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ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC: FORMER WEST Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts is again calling for the selection of 25-year-old pacer Darren Powell.

Powell, overlooked by the selectors after a moderate regional season for the Australia tour so far, is rated by Roberts as the most promising pace prospect in the region.

Roberts, an ex-Windies coach and selector, said Powell "is missing" from an attack, which is struggling.

"He is one of our best fast bowlers. I've worked with the young crop. Powell has more raw potential. He is more consistent with line and length. He swings the ball more, especially against left-handed batsman," said Roberts who took 202 wickets in 47 Test matches.

"The bowling is very weak against the Australians, we must pick our best bowlers," he added.

Roberts, 52, was an advocate for Powell's entry into international cricket before the Jamaican made his debut against New Zealand in the 2002 Cable & Wireless Test series in the Caribbean.

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