India takes on West Indies in the first Test match at Antigua later today. Former Windies cricketer Ramnaresh Sarwan is also a part of the camp.
Not that the West Indies will be daunted by that prospect, for in Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Holder, they have the firepower to challenge India's vaunted batting line-up, as the English found to their cost in February.
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India are ranked primary within the ICC Take a look at staff rankings. India have not lost a Test series to West Indies since 2002. "My suggestion would be to let Rohit carry on his good form from the World Cup and settle in the opener's slot while Rahane continues his good work of lending stability to the middle-order", he said. "We must lay the foundation at home first before we travel overseas in foreign conditions to sort of take command of situations", Lara said. He also hailed the intensity that the players have been showing in the camp. "The young players are working hard, Floyd Reifer (the head coach) and his team are actually putting things together pretty good", he added. Vihari has shown great promise in the recent India A games and it will be all up to Kohli if he chooses Vihari's form of Sharma's experience. India won the T20I and ODI series by 3-0 and 2-0 respectively.
The inaugural edition will see the elite nations - Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies - fight for top honours across 71 Test matches in 27 series over the next two years.
A valuable 120 Championship points are on offer for the two sides who will both be itching to make a winning start on their return to the Test format after an extended period of limited-overs cricket.