Shannon Gabriel, West Indies fast bowler
Shannon Gabriel (R) speaks with West Indies coach Richard Pybus during a training session (AFP Photo)

West Indies paceman Shannon Gabriel is looking forward to the third and final Test against England that gets underway from Saturday in St. Lucia. While the hosts have already sealed the three-match series with crushing victories in the first two matches, they certainly aren’t going to make it easy for the tourists in the dead rubber as they eye a clean sweep. (ALSO READ: Minus Holder, can WI achieve rare whitewash?)

The victory must have served as a balm for the hurting West Indies who suffered back two back away Test series defeats last year against India and Bangladesh. (ALSO READ: Stokes misses England training)

“This series win a great achievement for us,” Gabriel said on Thursday. “Thinking back about last year when we lost 0-2 in Bangladesh, we were all hurting. Thankfully, we stuck together and we came out and showcased our talents. And to show some improvement.”

He continued, “This series win has been great and I’m really pleased to be part of it. We have great confidence and we are definitely looking to make it 3-0. We’re not just going for the win, we’re also playing for the people of the Caribbean and we are also playing for points to move up the Test rankings.”

The 30-year-old Gabriel has taken five wickets in the series and will be drawing on the fond memories of his last Test appearance in Antigua when he took 13/121 against Sri Lanka which happen to be the third best match figures by a West Indies bowler in the format.

Gabriel is expecting the pitch to offer pace and suit his style. “This ground has been good to me I’ve had some good times on this ground where I bowled well and got wickets. I suits my style of fast bowling and I did well last year when we played against Sri Lanka. It’s a fast pitch with some bounce, so I’m expecting the same kind of pitch here again this year,” he said.