Legendary batsman Brian Lara has mentioned West Indies will face a troublesome battle of their much-anticipated Take a look at collection in opposition to England that marks the return of worldwide cricket following the enforced break because of Covid-19 pandemic.
England and West Indies will meet in a 3-Take a look at collection, beginning July eight on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton earlier than they play the ultimate 2 at Outdated Trafford in Manchester in bio-secure environments.
Lara feels West Indies cannot afford to take time and must get into high-intensity motion proper from Day 1 of the collection. The West Indies legend believes lots will rely on how Jason Holder and his males carry out on the opening day on the Ageas Bowl.
West Indies are the defending champions of the Wisden Trophy, due to their well-known 2-1 win over England final yr at dwelling. Nevertheless, Holder’s males face an uphill battle as no West Indies staff has received a Take a look at collection in England since 1988. Sir Vivian Richards is the final West Indies captain to win a Take a look at collection within the Outdated Blighty.
“England are usually not overwhelmed very simply at dwelling and are overwhelming favourites. I do not assume they will final 5 days, in order that they must take these video games in 4 days. They’ve to determine a lead and maintain it,” Lara advised BBC.
“They must hit the highway operating and stamp their authority on England,” Lara mentioned.
Everyone is hoping to see a aggressive collection: Lara
No worldwide cricket has been performed since March 13 because the novel coronavirus pandemic has introduced the sporting world to a grinding halt. The upcoming Take a look at collection in England shall be watched from all around the globe as it has been seen as a child step in the direction of return of full-fledged aggressive cricket.
West Indies arrived within the UK as early as June and have been in quarantine earlier than enjoying the two intra-squad apply matches in Manchester. In the meantime, England, who’re gearing as much as play underneath Ben Stokes’ captaincy within the first Take a look at, additionally performed a apply match in Southampton underneath biosecure situations.
Lara factors out that the Take a look at collection will entice numerous consideration and it might be nice for West Indies cricket if Holder’s males are in a position to make a robust affect in opposition to England.
“It may be a collection that is watched all world wide and all people is hoping to see a aggressive collection. It might imply lots to all West Indians if they may win.
“In the event that they play good cricket on the primary day of the Take a look at collection, present they’ve the mettle to carry out in opposition to England, that is the important thing,” Lara mentioned.