Windies fully prepared to break India drought

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The West Indies may have faced India in eight Tests and 16 ODIs in the past three years, but new West Indies coach Stuart Williams doesn't consider this 'overkill' but rather a chance for the Windies to face top class opponents.

The West Indies may have faced India in eight Tests and 16 ODIs in the past three years, but new West Indies coach Stuart Williams doesn't consider this 'overkill' but rather a chance for the Windies to face top class opponents.

The Windies will face India this month in three Tests, five ODIs and a T20, in India, and Williams feels his players will be ready, especially as a few have been playing in the Champions League T20.

Williams said: "The calendar is set up as such that once you get the opportunity to play international cricket, we look forward to it. India obviously is a high-ranked team and West Indies is hovering in the seventh or eighth position.

"We look forward to playing India or anybody else. Whichever challenge we get, we are looking forward to that."

Team manager Richie Richardson echoed the coach, and said that their recent successes have bolstered their confidence, even though they haven't won a Test series in India in over 30 years.

Richardson added: "We have arrived a good time [in advance]. We have a few days to practice and get acclimatised. All of our players have been engaged. We have just come out of a successful series against Bangladesh and all of our players have been involved with cricket.

"Some are still playing [in the CLT20]. We feel we are in much better shape, much better prepared to take on the Indians and we are just looking forward to a very serious challenge, a good challenge and a successful challenge."

He added Of India's recent Test defeats to England: "When you lose, especially when you are a top team and you lose, you just can't wait until the next series to really put things right. I just hope that it continues to be a problem for India.

"We know they are going to look to avenge what happened in England. Put things right, because they were heavily criticised. But we are up for the challenge and we also have a lot to prove. So we are going to go there and play positive cricket and look to beat India."

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