Lara embarrassed by tactics of '80s and '90s West Indies

Rachel Hardy
September 7, 2017

Against all the odds, West Indies will arrive at Lord's on Thursday with their eyes on a first Test series victory in England since 1988 after a remarkable turnaround in fortunes.

Former West Indies pacer Michael Holding stated that while he, just as most of his compatriots, was elated by West Indies' win over England in the second Test at Headingley, he hopes it is not just a one-off. Root's team is otherwise unchanged, meaning Tom Westley is retained at number three despite averaging 20 in his first four Tests.

"Curtley Ambrose, a great fast bowler, nobody can tell me he doesn't know about fast bowling but yet he was removed as the West Indies fast bowling coach because he didn't have the certificate". "As long as we get the win I am not too fussed".

The home side came unstuck against the West Indies in seam friendly conditions at Headingley exposing the flaws of a team that relies heavily on its allrounders.

England will host Pakistan for a two-match Test series in 2018, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Tuesday. "I fully expect him to come back strong".

"I didn't think I would play this much for England or get this many wickets".

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Meanwhile, West Indies captain Jason Holder reassured the people of the Caribbean they were "in our thoughts and prayers" as they prepare for Hurricane Irma.

But no one takes 497 wickets in 128 Tests simply by starring on home soil alone and Anderson's career has featured many memorable away successes - notably when he led England's attack during their 2010/11 Ashes triumph in Australia.

"I grew up at a time when West Indies dominated the world". It was dark and Graham Gooch had to call his troops from the field and West Indies grabbed a draw.

In the last Investec Test Match of the 2017 summer, the series is evenly poised at 1-1 after the Windies hit back from a heavy defeat at Edgbaston to record victory in dramatic fashion at Headingley. "It was truly embarrassing", he said. "And just before that, Colin Croft decided he was going to take a piece out of Fred Goodall's shoulder and ran into him during a Test match", he said.

"If things fall into place, who knows, but for now my main focus is doing the best I can when I play for England".

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