Windies ready for floodlit Test

17 July 2017 03:27:56 EST

West Indies will be well equipped for their floodlit Test against England this summer, according to chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.

The Windies take on Joe Root's team in a three-match series including the historic pink-ball match at Edgbaston in mid-August - the first such Test in England.

"We have three matches against county teams before the first Test," said Browne.

"These warm-up matches will not only allow the team to acclimatise, but also give players a chance to challenge for the few spots that have opened up in the final XI.

"All of our players are accustomed to the pink ball. They have been exposed to it during the Digicel (regional four-day competition).

"Our team also played a pink-ball Test match against Pakistan last year in Dubai, so this will not be a new experience for them.

"Overall, it will be a tough series, but we all have seen this young team fight before and I am sure they will continue to show similar qualities on this upcoming trip."

West Indies have called up top-order batsman Kyle Hope and all-rounder Raymon Reifer for the tour.

Hope - brother of wicketkeeper Shai Hope - won three one-day caps versus India earlier this month. Reifer bats and bowls left-arm swing for Barbados.

Meanwhile, England are 12/1 to retain The Ashes this winter and 1/1 to win the second Test against South Africa.

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