Former West Indies great Vivian Richards has urged West Indies and their captain Jason Holder to see that England are beatable. The former West Indies batsman said that he has seen England as a great team but they haven’t won as much as they should have.
West Indies and England begin a day-night Test on Thursday which will be the first ever in England. West Indies have not won a Test match in England since 2000.
“Over the years, it’s always amazed me with England,” Richards was quoted as saying by The Times. “They never win as much as they should,” he added.
“I look at the Champions Trophy — there was no better team for that format but they still fell short. England have the right stuff in their teams but then they fall down at some hurdle or just don’t jump high enough,” he said.
Richards urged the West Indies team to think that they can beat England. He was one of the most successful batsmen in England, having scored 829 runs in a series in 1976 and also hitting a century in the 1979 World Cup final.
“I hope the West Indies team can see that England are beatable,” said Richards, who also enjoyed success in English county cricket with both Somerset and Glamorgan.
Richards was part of the West Indies squad that dominated the game for two decades but the 65-year-old now feels that it hurts to see the glory days are lost.
“It does hurt that the glory days have been lost,” he said. “I was doing some television work during the Champions Trophy and there was no West Indies there. No West Indies. That’s like saying there would be no Chelsea or Arsenal in the Premier League. That’s how it felt.”
Richards added: “I don’t believe that many of the players of the modern day really understand the legacy of West Indies cricket and why they are playing for West Indies and why it matters so much.
“Yes, we had our differences (when I was playing) but what stood us out was when we put on that maroon cap there was a real sense of pride. I want to see that return, I want to see that in this group.”