England vs West Indies: Batsmen need to perform to defeat England on their soil, says Shamarah Brooks

The West Indies tour of England is billed to be an enticing encounter, with both teams ready to fire their big guns when they lock horns. The first Test of the England vs West Indies 2020 series starts on July 8 at Southampton.

However, a pressing concern for the Windies has been the batting unit. While the lineup boasts of some big names in the likes of Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope, it is still their weakest link and needs to be worked upon.

A likely top five of Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Brooks, Shai Hope and Roston Chase managed just 29 runs between them in West Indies’ second intra-squad warm-up match, at Emirates Old Trafford earlier this week. While Brathwaite, Hope and Brooks did manage fifties in the first tour game, they were unable to build on that.

However, Shamarah Brooks remained confident that the building blocks were being put in place for West Indies to be competitive with the bat.

“If you look at our batting, when we do get it right as a unit we have won games. That’s why I’m stressing on the point that we need to bat well, especially against a team like England at home, who are going to be very challenging.”

Three years ago the West Indies team suffered a dreadful start when England won the first Test by 209 runs inside three days and will be aiming to d away with such past horrors this time.

There isn’t any doubt that both teams have suffered from a lack of preparation time, due to disruption caused by the Covid-19, but for West Indies it’s an even uphill task to get acclimatised to unfamiliar conditions ahead of a challenging schedule of three Tests in as many weeks.

There have also been concerns over the form and fitness of captain Jason Holder, while wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich sat out this week’s warm-up match after suffering a side strain