WI vs ENG: Test series against West Indies wouldn’t be easy for us, says Chris Woakes

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WI vs ENG: Test series against West Indies wouldn't be easy for us, says Chris Woakes
WI vs ENG: Test series against West Indies wouldn't be easy for us, says Chris Woakes

WI vs ENG: Test series against West Indies wouldn’t be easy for us, says Chris Woakes

WI vs ENG: England pacer Chris Woakes has said that the upcoming series against the West Indies will be difficult for his team.

In a three-match Test series, England and the West Indies will face off. James Anderson and Stuart Broad have previously been left out of the team.

“Robinson has had a great start to his Test career so naturally he’ll be a big miss. At the same time, it gives people opportunities. This tour is not just solely about opportunities, we’re trying to win games of cricket. But at the same time it does give that chance to someone to potentially make their Test debut. Or who’s been waiting in the wings for quite a while, and show that they can do it at this level,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Woakes as saying.

Chris Woakes
Test series against West Indies wouldn’t be easy for us, says Chris Woakes

“By no means is this going to be an easy Test series for us,” he said. “We haven’t won a lot of Test matches here in the last 50 or 60 years from what I’ve heard so it’s not by any means going to be a walkover,” he added.

A 12-man England squad has been named ahead of the first Test against the West Indies. The Test begins on Tuesday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

“I think it’s more of a mindset, really. In Australia, we maybe got into a place where people were thinking more internally, thinking on personal levels rather than thinking fully about the bigger picture and about how to win games of cricket as a team,” said Woakes.

“We’re trying to focus on that in particular, the last week. Or so we’ve tried to focus on how we can get better at doing things as a unit rather than individually. Naturally, it’s a game that produces individual performances. But we still need to be better as a collective. We can’t just rely on certain individuals to always step up and put their hand up. We need to do it as a group. And that’s something we’ve tried to focus on in the 10 days we’ve been here,” he added.

England squad: Joe Root (C), Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.