Moores pleased with Test preparations


England coach Peter Moores has declared himself happy with how preparations for the Test series in the West Indies, starting on Monday, have gone.

The tourists have for the last four days been involved in matches, split into two two-day games, against a St Kitts Invitational team that was in all honesty not the strongest opposition.

England did however get some valuable time in the middle against the red-ball, which they have not had since playing India in a Test series at home in August last year.

The squad players like Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood played for the home team and also got some time in middle which they might not normally have gotten.

Moores said: "I think we feel clearer in what we've seen. We've seen our players all have a really good go. We've got used to the conditions a little bit. So we've got some decisions to make over the next three days.

"The last two days we've mixed the teams up a bit. We've had some great practice, and credit to both sides in many ways for getting stuck in and getting that.

"We've been here for nearly a week and it feels like we're ready I think so we're very pleased."