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CRICKET: Cottrell could be surprise element in Test series, says Clive Lloyd

Published:Tuesday | December 16, 2014 | 11:16 AM
Sheldon Cottrell - File

Rookie pacer Sheldon Cottrell is being tipped to be a surprise element for West Indies in the three-Test series against hosts South Africa, tomorrow at Centurion.

The 25-year-old Jamaican has played just one Test but recent spells in the WICB Professional Cricket League and an explosive five-wicket burst in last week's three-day tour match, have raised hopes of the left-armer playing a key role in the tourists' attack.

Chief selector Clive Lloyd says that left-arm quick bowlers don't come often and Cottrell is somebody West Indies need to nurture.

Lloyd further says Cottrell could be very lively on the pitches in South Africa if he swings the ball.

Cottrell's single Test was against India, in Kolkata last year when West Indies were hammered 3-0 in that series.

Concerned about his fitness following an injury on the recent Sri Lanka A tour, selectors asked him to delay his departure with the rest of the squad to South Africa and contest the fourth round of the PCL with Jamaica.

Cottrell could take the final fast bowling spot in the Windies attack, with senior seamers Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor expected to share the new ball.

Lloyd expects combative left-armer Sulieman Benn to carry the burden of the spin attack, and believes the Barbadian will be an asset for the side overall.

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