The performances of Barbadian Jason Holder so far this year has provided an insight into the future of this slowly dying art.
One can’t help but compare the young quick to former West Indies great Curtly Ambrose, and if he is anywhere as successful as Curtly, then our hopes of becoming a force to reckon with on the Test match circle will receive a serious boost.
West Indies fans have in the past become excited about players such as Mervyn Dillon, Jermaine Lawson, and now current players such as Fidel Edwards, Tino Best and the castaway Jerome Taylor.
While these players have all enjoyed some measure of success, it is nowhere near the expected quality that players such as James Anderson and Dale Steyn would provide.
Within the current crop of young fast bowlers, a few stand out. Kemar Roach has been performing exceptionally well over the past couple of years, with some support from the likes of Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards and Tino Best.
Of course, you cannot compare this support to that provided to Dale Steyn by Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, or to James Anderson by Stuart Broad and the plethora of up and coming English quicks.
Regardless, Kemar Roach needs someone to step up and take the mantle. Jason Holder fits that bill perfectly. He is young, not overly quick but he is able to move the ball around, and at his height, will trouble the world's best batsmen.
There are a few other lively prospects around the West Indies as well. Left arm quicks Sheldon Cotterell from Jamaica and Delorn Johnson from St Vincent have also caught the eye. Miguel Cummins from Barbados is also another exciting prospect, as is fellow countryman Chris Jordan, who plies his trade with English county Sussex.
If these players are nurtured and their development aided, the selectors would have headaches in selecting fast bowlers to represent the West Indies. This has not been the case over the past decade, and is something that would be welcomed by all West Indies fans.
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