England vs West Indies: Former West Indies player and legendary batsman Brian Lara has said that the visitors must try and win the Test matches within four days because they would barely last for five days against the firm England team.
Lara said this because he believes that dragging the game until the last day wouldn’t yield a positive result for the visitors and so Jason Holder‘s men will need to be miraculous in the starting two days of the match.
The first match of the series will take place between July 8-12 at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, marking the return of international cricket in England after over three months.
The visitors do have a strong pace attack consisting of Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph and skipper Jason Holder but the home team also has a tough bowling attack, consisting of Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jofra Archer etc.
“England are not beaten very easily at home and are overwhelming favourites. They have to be able to pounce immediately,” Lara said as he talked about both the sides.
West Indies has been in United Kindom since June 9, practising for the Test series and have surely got ample of time to get used to the English conditions. West Indies also leads the h2h battles against England in the last five matches but haven’t won a series in England since 1988.
“It would mean a lot to all West Indians if they could win. If they play good cricket on the first day of the Test series, show they have the mettle to perform against England, that’s the key.” Lara concluded.
The ECB has done all the arrangements, including the bio-security at the Ageas Bowl where the first match of the series will take place behind closed doors.