Gibson and the rest of the West Indies squad know that the tour will not be an easy one
West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson has announced that he told the players to be prepared for the conditions in England when they start their tour of the country later in the week.
Gibson, was been extremely pleased with the fight that his side showed against Australia, even though they lost 2-0, however, he believes that playing against the top Test team in the world will not be an easy task.
“We have to get out there and be tough and be men and play some very hard cricket, if ever there was a case for home-court advantage, this is it. Going to England, for us especially, coming out of a very, very hot Dominica, going up there in early May is always a challenge. We’re playing against the No. 1 team in the world, so of course, we’re going to expect it to be tough,” he said.
The West Indies will play in a couple of warm-up matches, the first of which start on Saturday against Sussex, before playing England on May 17 at Lord’s.
The West Indies also toured England in May the last time the two nations met, and it was the English that prevailed with a 2-0 win in the Test series.
In the first Test the West Indies were convincingly beaten by 10 wickets at Lord’s, before suffering an 83 run defeat on the final day of the second Test at Chester-le-Street.
Gibson, knows that the conditions are not going to be ideal, and said: “We know it’s going to be cold so there’s no point whingeing about it, no one should expect that we’re going to feel cold and want to cuddle each other up or something warm.”
However, Gibson also believes that the team are heading down the right path, and in his opinion, it was only a matter of time before a win would arise.
“I believe that the team is shaping up quite nicely, heading in the right direction. Winning isn’t far away and the young guys are developing. There are some good signs for the future. I think this young team will equip itself very well and I think that our guys will rise to the challenge like we did in parts in the Australia series,” he said.