England captain Joe Root has warned his side about West Indies’ ‘formidable’ pace attack ahead of the upcoming three-match Test series.
Root’s side will play three behind-closed-doors Test matches against the Windies, beginning at The Ageas Bowl on July 8.
In the most recent Test series between the two teams, West Indies triumphed 2-1 in the Caribbean at the start of 2019, and Root expects his side to be tested once again over the next month.
‘We are very aware of the skill West Indies have and what they will bring to this series,’ Root told 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.’
Leading West Indies’ pace attack will be the experienced Kemar Roach, while captain Jason Holder and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel will bolster the tourists’ resources with the ball.
Holder, the leading run-scorer on either side last year, is the number one all-rounder in Test cricket, ahead of England’s Ben Stokes.
Root added: ‘Jase is one of the most well-respected guys in international cricket.
‘He took the job at a young age and we are starting to 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.’
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