May 17, 2012

West Indies in England, 2012

West Indies need to frustrate England

Devashish Fuloria

Brian Lara, following the West Indies team in England, believes that the current team has the resources to compete against the No.1 Test side but they will need to dig deep. Writing in The Trinidad Guardian News, Lara feels that the individuals in the team must stay hungry, disciplined and dedicated to grab the chances as a wounded England team could be vulnerable.

England, late last year, were comprehensively beaten by Pakistan, and managed to pull off a drawn series in Sri Lanka—and still they remain at the top of the ICC Test rankings. Credit to them: they have distanced themselves from the pack and could afford a hiccup or two. They are wounded from their winter results and could react in a couple of ways. It will do the West Indies team no harm if England decides to aggressively seek and destroy their opposition. That is not their normal successful approach, applied in the past to get them to the top of the world cricket rankings. They are a team that went about their plans in a patient and methodical manner, striking only when the time was right. My advice to Sammy and his boys is to frustrate the England team into making mistakes, the same way they did it to us back in 1990 in the Caribbean.

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