While West Indies are ready to restart the international cricket with the Southampton Test against the hosts England, the legendary Caribbean cricketer Brian Lara opens up his feeling how the present West Indies team can achieve success in Test cricket.
International cricket was suddenly stopped since the middle of March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. From Wednesday (8th July), England and West Indies are facing each other in the opening game of the three-match Test series at Southampton, which is also the first international game in almost last four months.
Despite having the good fast bowling line-up, Brian Lara feels that the success of the Caribbean team is dependent on the batsmen’s success.
Recently, Lara told the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on the Master Blaster’s app ‘100 MB’, “Kemar Roach is one of the older guys in the time, he is one of the more experienced bowlers that we have but the key to any team taking the field, especially when they are taking the field after batting is how many runs do they have to play with.”
This present Windies side need the luxury of having runs on the board: Brian Lara
Lara believes that the Caribbean team needs to put some good runs on the board which will give the bowlers some comfort.
The former Caribbean captain added, “The Windies side in the 70s or 80s always used to put up 300-350 runs on the board, this present Windies side need the luxury of having runs on the board, they need their batsmen to give the bowlers some comfort.”
Lara also pointed out that the pacers like Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel can achieve success with their attacking approach and the big score will allow them to go for attack their opposition batsmen.
Lara claimed, “The effectiveness of Roach and Gabriel will only come into play if they do not go defensive because of the lack of the runs. That has been our problem for many years.”
The last two Tests of the three-match series between England and West Indies will begin on 16th and 24th July respectively, and Old Trafford (Manchester) will host both these Tests.