West Indies coach Stuart Law has challenged his players to “rewrite” history as they go in search of a Test series victory in England.
The Caribbean side take on hosts England in a three-match Test series, starting with a day/night game at Edgbaston on Thursday.
The home team will be heavy favourites to beat the visitors, who have lost their last six series in Test whites and have not won a game in the longest format in the UK in 17 years.
A former Australia international, Law also believes his side can exploit England’s weaknesses especially a fragile looking batting line-up which has not yet settled.
Mark Stoneman will be yet another debutant at the top of the order while Tom Westley and Dawid Malan are relatively new to Test cricket.
Law said on Tuesday: “With a couple of debutants or a couple of new guys to the fore in Test cricket, that’s an opportunity for our bowlers. You always look at any little crack you can find.
“We’ve some pretty experienced, pretty good bowlers up front as well. So it’s an opportunity for us to exploit those weaknesses.”
“Our players understand there’s a few comments flying around like that. And we’ve instructed them to use that as motivation to go out and play your best.
“There’s been a lot said about this cricket team and that is motivation for them. We’re looking forward. Let’s rewrite that history.”
The second Test of the series is scheduled for Headingley on 25 August while the third and final match is set to take place at Lord’s on 7 September.
The Australian’s peak moment at the helm came last year as he shepherded England to their first ever World Cup crown.
Any return would have to be considered in the future with Yorkshire’s players and staff having taken wage cuts due to the pandemic.
The traditional method of spit-polishing to produce movement through the air has been deemed too great a risk of transmitting coronavirus.
The Lancastrian was fresh off some standout displays in the 2003 World Cup.
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.
Clare Connor suggested England are considering hosting a Women’s Tri-Series also involving India and South Africa.