West Indies Captain Jason Holder believes his pacemen can help the “huge underdogs” make life uncomfortable for England during their upcoming Test series.
The first of a three-match campaign started this morning at Edgbaston with the inaugural day/night Test in England.
Leading British bookmaker William Hill have Joe Root’s men as 1/5-on favourites to triumph in Birmingham, with the West Indies 12/1 against.
The reason for the huge disparity in the odds is not hard to find — since 1997, excluding matches against the often struggling Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, the West Indies have won just three out of 86 away Tests, losing 66 and drawing 17.
But with the first Test a pink ball affair, all-rounder Holder believes an emerging pace attack can trouble an England top order where only Alastair Cook and Root are currently certain of their places.