England batsmen need to be well-prepared if are to get have a chance against a frightening West Indies bowling attack in the three-test series next month, according to skipper Joe Root.
The visitors will be relying heavily on their pace attack in England to defend the Wisden Trophy which they famously won after outlasting the Three Lions 2-1 on home soil in the 2019 series.
Root said England could cannot afford to be complacent against a potent attack which features 3 class bowlers in Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel. All 3 aforementioned pacers are currently ranked inside the top 20 in the official ICC Test rankings.
“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.” he added.
Holder is also the top ranked test all-rounder, followed by England’s Ben Stokes, and West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has predicted their rivalry would light up the series.
“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.” said Root.
Root also confirmed that he would miss the series opener in Southampton from July 8 if it ends up clashing with the birth of his second child. Vice-captain Stokes taking over as skipper in his absence.
Manchester hosts the last two games of the 3-match series which will be played behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment.