Saturday, November 18, 2017

UNFAZED, DEFIANT*

Focused Windies not undeterred by underdog tag

PINK BALL BATTLE STARTS: England Test captain Joe Root, left, and his West Indies counterpart Jason Holder pose for a picture with the series trophy on the eve of the opening day of the first Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England yesterday. —Photo: AFP


BIRMINGHAM
 
INEXPERIENCED West Indies will hope to silence their many detractors when they clash with a dominant England team in the historic day/night opening Test at Edgbaston today, in what is likely to be their sternest challenge in recent times.
Written off long before arriving here for the three-Test series, the Caribbean side is expected to be put under intense pressure from an England squad still buoyant from their emphatic series win over South Africa last month.
Further, the Windies have not won a Test here in 17 years and are also without a series win in nearly three decades, since the incomparable Sir Vivian Richards presided over a 3-1 victory in 1988.
Captain Jason Holder, on his first tour of England since taking over the helm of the side two years ago, told reporters here yesterday that despite being underdogs, he had been boosted by his side’s form in the recent first class tour matches.

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