Gibson hoping to use inside knowledge
Ex-England bowling coach Otis Gibson says his inside knowledge on Andrew Strauss' men can really help his West Indies team this summer.
The West Indies take on England in a Test and one-day international tour this year, with the first Test at Lord's beginning on May 17. England are viewed as hot favourites to come out on top after they just about kept their number one Test nation status over the winter, but Gibson is quietly confident his side can cause Strauss and co plenty of problems. Gibson worked with England's bowlers for two and a half years between 2007 and 2010 before taking up a coaching role with his home nation and he reckons his in-depth knowledge of how some of the batsmen work can hand the Windies a big advantage. "We'll have some pretty good plans to their batters," he said. "We have a lot of footage and will trawl through it to see how we can exploit weaknesses, based also on my having bowled at them in the nets and spent a lot of time with them - and understanding how they think as batters. "People improve their technique, but their mentality stays the same sometimes. If I can add anything to our bowlers to help them gain an advantage and get them out, that's what I'll be trying to do." Gibson rejects the notion that Strauss remains the key wicket for his side to claim in the upcoming matches and is focusing instead on a good overall bowling display. "We need to get 20 wickets," he added. "Strauss is just one of them. He's at the top of the order, so he'll be the first."