England Can Dominate Tests For Years-Sir Viv Richards

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 | Comments Off on England Can Dominate Tests For Years-Sir Viv Richards

 

Richards says England have the quality and strength in depth to establish themselves alongside the great West Indies and Australia sides of the recent past.

“England are well led by Andrew Strauss and this is a team that has the potential to create a legacy,” Richards, who captained the West Indies from 1985-91 and scored 8,540 Test runs, told BBC Sport.

“Whatever happened in the past you have proven through hard work and investment that you can become very successful.”

Richards starred in the West Indies side that did not lose a single Test series between 1980 and 1995 and twice ‘blackwashed’ England 5-0.

As Caribbean fortunes began to wane, Australia became the dominant force, losing only two series out of 32 between 1999 and 2008 and twice setting a record of 16 consecutive Test wins.

“They have done their homework and found a solid wicket-taking bowling unit which is of vital importance at this level.

“You have guys waiting in the wings who are just waiting for an opportunity and their competitive edge is as good as any.

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