England overwhelming favourites to win Test series against West Indies, says Brian Lara


Legendary batsman Brian Lara has mentioned West Indies will face a troublesome battle of their much-anticipated Test series against England that marks the return of worldwide cricket following the enforced break due to Covid-19 pandemic.

England and West Indies will meet in a 3-Test series, beginning July eight on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton earlier than they play the ultimate 2 at Old Trafford in Manchester in bio-secure environments.

Lara feels West Indies cannot afford to take time and have to get into high-intensity motion proper from Day 1 of the series. The West Indies legend believes quite a bit will rely upon 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, thanks to their well-known 2-1 win over England final 12 months at house. However, Holder’s males face an uphill battle as no West Indies group has gained a Test series in England since 1988. Sir Vivian Richards is the final West Indies captain to win a Test series within the Old Blighty.

“England are not beaten very easily at home and are overwhelming favourites. 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 informed BBC.

“They have to hit the road running and stamp their authority on England,” Lara mentioned.

Everybody is hoping to see a aggressive series: 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 Test series in England will probably 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 taking part in the two intra-squad observe matches in Manchester. Meanwhile, England, who’re gearing up to play underneath Ben Stokes’ captaincy within the first Test, additionally performed a observe match in Southampton underneath biosecure situations.

Lara factors out that the Test series will entice quite a lot of consideration and it will be nice for West Indies cricket if Holder’s males are in a position to make a robust influence against England.

“It’s going to be a series that is watched all around the globe and all people is hoping to see a aggressive series. It would imply quite a bit to all West Indians if they may 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 mentioned.

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