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Edwards leads Windies bowling attack

Fidel Edwards has been appointed "leader" of the West Indies bowling attack.

The appointment has come from skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan, who said he was bowled over by the fast bowler's speed and penetration in the latter half of the recent tour of England.

"You have to admire Fidel. After being out of the team for a long time, to come back and bowl the way he did in England was really tremendous and I'm sure batsmen around the world are watching closely," Sarwan said.

"It seems to me that he has got his pace back and is really clocking. You could see from his body language and the way he was running in that he was feeling really great and enjoying the game again," the West Indies captain added.

Sarwan, 27, and other members of the team assembled in Barbados on Sunday en route to the International Cricket Council's Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

"He is also getting the ball to swing and I hope he continues like this. We are not sure what is going to happen when we arrive for the Twenty20 but he's the bowler with the most confidence and the one we'll be looking to," Sarwan noted.

The captain also said he was happy to have left-arm seamer Pedro Collins – Edwards' older brother – back in the team. Collins, 31, last played for the Windies a year ago and has been recalled because of his ability to swing the ball.

"Pedro is an attacking bowler and a wicket-taker. He has the experience of playing at the highest level for some time now and will offer something different as a left-arm bowler with the ability to bring the ball back into the batsman. [Ravi] Rampaul has come a long way and I was very impressed."

It will be the captain's first international outing since he injured his shoulder on the Test tour of England in late May.

"We are always listed as underdogs but that is no problem for us," he said. "We know our ability and we know what we have to do. We have a very good team and I'm pleased with the players assembled for the tournament.

"It's just 20 overs so you have to hit the ground running. It's straightforward. If you win, you stay in, if you lose you're gone. The key is for us to be thinking on our feet. It's also important that we execute our plans well," Sarwan said.

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