London, July 7
Batting legend Brian Lara believes West Indies might want to undertake a proactive strategy within the upcoming three-Test sequence in opposition to England and contemplate the matches as four-day video games because the guests do not have the firepower to final 5 days.
The 51-year-old former skipper stated whereas West Indies’ boast of a formidable bowling assault, their batting division was a priority, which is exactly the explanation behind his assertion.
The three-Test sequence between England and the West Indies begins on Wednesday at Southampton in a “bio-secure” setting, marking the resumption of worldwide cricket which was shut down in March as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“They (West Indies) have to be able to pounce immediately. England are not beaten very easily at home and are overwhelming favourites,” Lara was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“They have to hit the road running and stamp their authority on England. I don’t think they can last five days, so they have to take these games in four days. They have to establish a lead and keep it.” Lara, who has scored a document 11,953 runs for the West Indies in 131 Tests, stated adaptability to the English situations can be key for West Indies, who’re the holders of the Wisden Trophy after successful 2-1 within the Caribbean final yr.
The former left-handed batsman stated it will be an excellent achievement for West Indies if they may win the sequence as they haven’t gained a sequence in England since 1988.
“It’s going to be a series that’s watched all around the world and everybody is hoping to see a competitive series,” stated Lara, who scored 34 Test centuries.
“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.”
The second and third Tests of the sequence will likely be performed at Old Trafford in Manchester. PTI