The legendary batsman of the Caribbean side, Brian Lara has said that the West Indies must try and beat overwhelming favorites England in four days because their batting is not strong enough to last five days.
Jason Holder’s tourists boast a powerful pace attack but their batsmen have struggled to post challenging totals in recent years.
Brian Lara said in comments on BBC Sport, “They have to be able to pounce immediately. England are not beaten very easily at home and are overwhelming favorites. They have to hit the road running and stamp their authority on England.”
The former captain said, “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 scored a record 11,953 runs for West Indies in 131 Tests, said it was vital the tourists adapted to English conditions quickly.
West Indies, who beat England 2-1 in the Caribbean last year, have not won a series in England since 1988.
Lara said, “It’s going to be a series that’s watched all around the world and everybody is hoping to see a competitive series. 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 three-Test series, which marks the return of international cricket after the Covid19 shutdown, starts on Wednesday in Southampton behind closed doors.
The second and third Tests will be played at Old Trafford, in Manchester, also in bio-secure environments.