West Indies' last series in whites came against Pakistan earlier this year © AFP
West Indies’ last series in whites was against Pakistan earlier this year © AFP

England are all set to host and play their first ever day-night encounter when they take on West Indies in the series opener of the three-Test series at Edgbaston, starting August 17. Many believe this series as a warm-up for the hosts ahead of a mouth-watering Ashes 2017-18 later this year. However, West Indies coach Stuart Law reckons that if England take the visitors lightly, it will only benefit them. Law also revealed that his side is concentrating on getting small things right, rather than dwelling on the outcome of the series.

“There have been things said about this being a warm-up for the Ashes and as an Australian I know that is very much still the No. 1 series on the calendar. England will want to take their players to Australia in good form but if they believe we’re just going to turn up and crumble it could backfire on them because we’re not thinking that way. I’m sure some see this as a mis-match and I’ve been involved in a few of those thought processes. Underestimating a side can be detrimental to a team’s health. If that’s the case with England now it will be great for us”, Law was quoted by Daily Mail.

Law also added that the West Indies camp are hoping to cash on England’s weak link, that is, top order. Speaking on this, Law jokingly stated, “If we can get Shannon Gabriel up to bowling a hundred miles an hour he could break a few hands and that would help Australia!”. However, he confirmed that this is not West Indies’ intentions. “No, we’re not out to hurt anyone. I’m not really bothered about Australia’s fortunes because right now I’m concentrating solely on West Indies and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Law believes his side should concentrate on getting the small things right and not think about the final scoreline of the series. “So regardless of the result of the series I’m pretty confident we will go close to upsetting certain people in the English public who doubt us when we get out there. We’re achieving small targets all the time and long may that continue because we’ve got a massive wall to build and we can’t put it together in a week. We will do it slowly but make sure everything we do will benefit West Indies.”

West Indies’ former skipper and T20I specialist, Chris Gayle, had recently stated that he is eager to comeback in whites. On the flamboyant left-hander, Law said, “The players who haven’t played Test cricket for a while still seem to have a thought bouncing around their heads that they want to. If that’s the case, great, because cricket teams are built with youthful exuberance and energy matched with cool, calm experience. We haven’t got too much experience and if it ever bears fruit the kids will only get better. Chris (Gayle) has expressed a desire to play Tests again but whether that becomes reality remains to be seen. He’s not 21 anymore and Test cricket is a lot longer than 20 or 50 overs. It’s just a matter of working out whether it can happen. If not we will keep on trying to find ways to make these kids better.”