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Roddy Estwick urges West Indies bowlers to formulate their own identity
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Roddy Estwick urges West Indies bowlers to formulate their own identity

West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick has urged the current crop of Caribbean pacers to construct their own distinct identity that will be remembered for eternity, rather than emulate the greats of yesteryears and collapse under the burden of expectations.

The West Indies pace quartet comprising of Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite has already taken the World Cup by storm, sparking comparisons with the legendary Caribbean pace battery that ruled cricket for most of the 70s and 80s.

The two World Cups that West Indies has won till date was possible due to the intimidating 'pace like fire' bowling deployed by the likes of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding and Joel Garner, who would liberally deliver a barrage of bouncers.

As the West Indies take on South Africa on Monday, the young quicks would be keen to escape from the shadow of their past heroes and make their own presence felt in international cricket for a prolonged period of time.

"We can't keep looking back," Estwick told reporters on the eve of their World Cup clash.

"We've got to respect the past but this group of bowlers know they've got to find their own identity," he added.

The bowlers have been doing exceedingly well in this department having earlier rattled Pakistan for their second-lowest total in World Cups for a pitiable score of 105 while jolting Australia's top order to leave them reeling at 38 for four in their second game before the defending champions put up a tremendous fightback and achieved a close win.

"Everybody was saying teams were going to make 360 or 380 at this tournament," said Estwick.

"We bowled both teams out for under 300 so we are very happy with the way the bowlers have executed," he added.

"We are playing our way, we are playing the way that works for us. That's aggressive cricket with a smile on our face."

It has been a dramatic turnaround for the West Indies, who came into the tournament as the underdogs ranked at number eight and now fancy their chances at ending up in the top four.

'We want to put a smile on black peoples' faces'

Estwick also acknowledged the troubled circumstances of the West Indies supporters back home and hoped the current team could bring joy to their faces and to the fans present in Britain as well.

"This is big for the Caribbean people," he said. "One thing we have been stressing is to go out and put a smile on people's face in the Caribbean.

"Obviously, economically we are struggling a little bit so we want people to wake up in the morning at 5am or 6am with a smile on their faces, seeing West Indians playing good cricket.

"And also we want to help the people of London as well, who have had so much pressure cricket-wise in the last 10 or 15 years. We want to put a smile on all black peoples' faces."