West Indies are capable - Adams
LONDON, ENGLAND - Jimmy Adams insists the West Indies has an attack capable of taking 20 England wickets, but admits the tourists start the Lord's Test as underdogs.
Former West Indies skipper Adams believes the ability of a youthful WIndies batting line-up to post competitive totals could be the difference in the series.
"We have a bowling attack that is capable of getting 20 wickets so if we can post competitive totals it will be interesting" said Adams, who is currently in his first season as coach of Kent.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, recently restored to the top of the ICC Test batting rankings after a hiatus of three years, will be the key man for the West Indies - but Darren Sammy's side will need contributions from the likes of talented pair Darren Bravo and Adrian Barath if they're to challenge world no.1 side England.
And Adams admits the unfamiliar early season conditions will prove a real test for the top order, of who only Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels has experience of playing Test cricket in England.
"It’s a case of how quickly the young batsmen can adapt to English conditions when they are over here and obviously I’d like to see them succeed," he added.
"A tour of England for any young player is a good learning experience. But a lot of learning has to happen on the spot, so to speak, in the middle in a Test match."
Despite marked improvements in their recent Test performances, the West Indies remain ranked a lowly joint 7th in the ICC's rankings - a far cry from their heyday in the 1980s.
Current captain and former MCC Young Cricketer Sammy is the man in charge of a talented and improving young squad - but who personally divides opinion in the Caribbean.
Sammy's place in the side has often been questioned during a captaincy stint encompassing 16 Tests - but Adams backed the current incumbent of the job Adams did for 15 Test matches in 2000/01.
Adams though spoke of his support for 28-year-old Sammy: "I’ve no issues with Darren; any West Indies captain has my support.
"The powers that be think he’s the man to do the job then fine. Get on with it, do the best you can. I support anybody that sits in that role.
"I haven’t been involved with cricket in the Caribbean for a while but I assume that he has a role to play outside captaining the team."
"The bottom line is that you have someone the squad respects leading the team, and that seems to be the case."