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Gabriel joins Holding, Walsh in select club

[ESPNcricinfo] Bowlers with better match figures in West Indies than Shannon Gabriel’s 13 for 121 in St Lucia. The previous best was Makhaya Ntini’s 13 for 132 at Port of Spain in 2005. Curtly Ambrose’s 11 for 84 against England in 1994 was the previous best by a West Indian at home. Incidentally, this is Gabriel’s maiden 10-for in first-class cricket. His previous best was the 9 for 92 against Pakistan at Bridgetown. This career best has propelled Gabriel to No. 12 in the Test rankings.

2 – West Indies bowlers with better match-figures than Gabriel in Tests. Micheal Holding’s 14 for 149 against England in 1976 and Courtney Walsh’s 13 for 55 against New Zealand in 1995 lead the list.

1 – Bowlers with a better match strike-rate than Gabriel’s 16.9 while taking 10 or more wickets in West Indies. Glenn McGrath had a match strike rate of 14.4 against West Indies at Port of Spain in 1999. Gabriel’s match strike rate is the second best for a bowler from West Indies, behind Walsh’s 16.6 against New Zealand at Wellington.

2001 – The last time a pace bowler produced better figures than Gabriel’s. Chaminda Vaas took 14 for 191 against West Indies in Colombo. Richard Hadlee was the last right-arm fast bowler to take more than 13 wickets in a Test.

11 – West Indies fast bowlers with two five-wicket hauls in a match. Kemar Roach’s 10 for 146 against Australia at Port of Spain in 2012 was the only other instance in the last 25 years.

1990 – The year in which a West Indies fast bowler previously picked an eight-for in an innings. Gabriel’s 8 for 62 is the best since Ambrose’ 8 for 45 against England at Bridgetown. The last pace bowler to pick up eight wickets in an innings was Stuart Broad against Australia at Nottingham in 2015.

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