For resurgent West Indies, sky is the limit: Vasbert Drakes
"The objective is to make sure we have pace": Vasbert Drakes. © AFP

The “sky is the limit” for a resurgent West Indies, feels their recently appointed bowling coach Vasbert Drakes, after the host sealed a stunning 2-0 Test series win over England last week.

Ranked eighth in Test cricket heading into the series against England, who began the first Test at No 3 in the ICC table, West Indies hammered the visitors by 381 runs in Barbados and by ten wickets in Antigua to mark a comeback few could have envisioned. As 2018 closed out, West Indies were blanked 0-2 in consecutive series in India and Bangladesh, with all four Test matches over inside three days. (READ MORE: ‘Long, hard talk’ behind West Indies’ turnaround: Jason Holder)

“The sky is the limit for this side as they continue to grow,” Drakes told reporters on Wednesday.  “The guys understand the legacy of West Indies cricket and they want to continue to inspire the next generation of cricketers to play the game. The guys are playing really good cricket. I’m really proud as a former West Indies cricketer. All kudos to the players.” (READ MORE: England’s batting woes exposed in the West Indies)

Former fast bowler Drakes, who last month was named bowling coach of the team, recalled the heydays of Caribbean cricket as West Indies aim for a 3-0 sweep in St Lucia.

“We are all really looking forward to playing in St Lucia,” said Drakes, who played 12 Tests between 2002 and 2004 and 35 ODIs from 1995 to 2004. “It reminds me of the wickets that were prepared for us, the West Indians, in the 1970s and ’80s. That’s the environment we are trying to create. The objective is to make sure we have pace.”

West Indies will be without their talismanic captain Jason Holder for the third Test starting February 9 after he was handed a one-match suspension for a slow over-rate during the three-day win in Antigua.