We have to prepare well for Windies, says England skipper Joe Root
CAPE TOWN – England captain Joe Root has warned his charges about the West Indies’ formidable bowling attack ahead of their three-Test series that is due to begin next week.
The first Test, to be played behind closed doors due to safety measures as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, is set to begin at the Ageas Bowl on July 8.
The West Indies won 2-1 the last time the teams met in a Test series, and Root expects them to be as tough to play as the last time.
“We are very aware of the skill the West Indies have and what they will bring to this series,” the England skipper said in an interview with BBC Sport.
“One thing that stood out was how formidable their bowling attack can be. It is really important we prepare well and we are ready for all of that,” said Root.
The Windies attack includes the experienced Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and captain and all-rounder Jason Holder. Holder is currently the number-one ranker all-rounder, ahead of England’s Ben Stokes.
“Jase is one of the most well-respected guys in international cricket. He took the job at a young age and we are starting too see him at the peak of his career. He comes across as a very good bloke. I am looking forward to chatting to him from a social distance,” said England’s Root.