Richards – England can dominate
Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Poker Ramblings
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Former West Indies cricketer Sir Vivian Richards has said that England can dominate Test cricket for years to come with the players they have at their disposal.
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note how Richards believes that Andrew Strauss’ men have all the ingredients to be a one of the best sides of all time along with the great West Indies and Australia teams in recent years.
"England are well led by Andrew Strauss and this is a team that has the potential to create a legacy. They have done their homework and found a solid wicket-taking bowling unit which is of vital importance at this level.” Richards said.
The ex-West Indies Captain was one of the greatest players the game has ever seen and he scored 8,540 runs in Test matches.
He then added: "You have guys waiting in the wings who are just waiting for an opportunity and their competitive edge is as good as any.
"Whatever happened in the past you have proven through hard work and investment that you can become very successful."
Richards was part of the West Indies side that themselves dominated the game and did not lose a single Test series between 1990-1985. In that time they also whitewashed England 5-0 twice.
Australia then became the dominant force from the turn of the millennium before The Three Lions were put on top spot in 2011.
Richards now thinks that the final piece of the jigsaw for Strauss’ men is proving themselves in difficult conditions such as India and Sri Lanka.
"It is up to the individuals, but in order to become legendary and great you must be able to win in all conditions
“It is not just getting it done at home, it is going to places like India and Pakistan and getting a result. You don't necessarily have to win, drawing a series can be a good result. It's like football where away from home, a point is just as vital.” He said.
England beat West Indies 2-0 in their three match series with the third Test being a washout. It was a tough test for them and now sets them up perfectly for a difficult series against South Africa later in the summer. Strauss will know that his team must win to remain as the number one side in the world.
When asked about their chances against South Africa, Richards found it tough to call: "England are at home so they are going to be favourites, but I'm not going to predict this one"