WI President’s XI v England, 4-day Practice Match : Dowrich expect his side to play with intensity against England

England will take on West Indies in a 3-match test series after their Poor test performance against Australia in the Ashes 2022.

England previously played a 5-match T20I series against the West Indies which the Caribbean side won on the last match, thereby taking the series win with a 3-2 .

These three matches will be a part of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship 2021-2023.

Before the test matches, the England side will play a 4-day practice match against the West Indies Cricket Board President XI on 1st March 2022.

The match between England vs West Indies Cricket Board President XI will take place at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua.

Dowrich praised the conditions at Coolidge and said he expected his side to play with intensity.

“It looks like a good pitch, especially for batting. The outfield has been running during practice so once we can get into the game and cause some problems for the English, that would be good for us,” he said.

“I think for us to win the game is the first order of business but if that’s not the case we just want to be as competitive as possible and create as much problems, as I said, for the English.

“[We must] look to bat as long as we can and bowl them out as cheaply as we can.”

Dowrich is the most experienced, having already scored three hundreds in 35 Tests, and played 113 first class matches overall.

“I think all the guys are up for it. It’s a great opportunity, especially for some of the younger guys to get seen by selectors,” Dowrich said.

“Obviously there are some guys coming back into cricket as well. We just had two first class games so guys are ready and raring to go.”

He added: “A lot of guys, as I said, are looking to impress selectors [so] it’s a great opportunity for those guys to get some runs and wickets and get seen.

“They’re just seeing it as an opportunity. Speaking to most of them, they seem pretty confident and pretty ready for it.

“In terms of the overall outcome of the game, it’s just to do as well as they possibly can and look to make marks and get into the senior team.”

“We have a pretty balanced team in terms of good all-rounders, good openers, top order looks pretty solid as well. We have a good mixture of youth and experience,” Dowrich pointed out.

“In terms of the bowling department, you have young Sherman Lewis coming back. He’s been away for a bit and it’s good to see him back on the park as well.

“Young Preston McSween [is] also looking to make his mark and get into the international side so I think we have a good mixture of guys together, and once we can go out there and enjoy the game, I think we will do well.”

West Indies vs England

1st Test: 8-13th March 2022, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds

2nd Test: 16-21st March 2022, Kensington Oval

3rd Test: 24-29th March 2022, Grenada National Cricket Stadium

West Indies Cricket Board President XI Squad: Alick Athanaze, Jeremy Solozano, Keacy Carty, Sheyne Moseley, Raymon Reifer, Bryan Charles, Shane Dowrich (c & wk), Devon Thomas, Colin Archibald, Shermon Lewis, Preston McSween, Shamar Springer.

England Squad: Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley, Matthew Fisher, Ben Foakes, Daniel Lawrence, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

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