Nottingham: West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has said it would be "amazing" for a youthful side if they were to beat world No. 1 England during their ongoing Test series. The tourists showed plenty of heart in taking England into the fifth day of the first Test at Lord's before going down to a five-wicket defeat concluded Monday to fall 1-0 behind in the three-match series.
Now they are in Nottingham, where the second Test at Trent Bridge starts on Friday, looking to improve on a run of just two wins in their last 31 matches at this level and a sequence of 15 Tests without a win on English soil dating back to 2000. "It would be amazing for the young team we have to go out there and win a Test match against the number one team in the world," said Ramdin, speaking at Trent Bridge, on Wednesday.
"We showed some fight against Australia back in the Caribbean but in English conditions, we are in their backyard where it is very tough to beat them. But, having said that, they are beatable once we bowl the right areas, get wickets and our batters put runs on the board," he said. "The confidence is still high. Everyone thought we would lose inside four days (at Lord's) but the guys showed character and fight. If we had a batted a bit better in the first innings we could have probably won," he added.
However, Ramdin, a veteran of 43 Tests, said occasional lapses were costing the West Indies dear. "You could just have one bad session and you lose a Test match," said the 27-year-old Trinidad and Tobago keeper. "We need to be more consistent than that."
When Ramdin made his Test debut in 2005, Australia were still the kings of the five-day game. Now it's England who are on top and Ramdin believes playing in English conditions is an even harder task than playing Test cricket in India, long regarded as one of the toughest challenges for touring teams.
"When I just started the team that was on top was Australia. I think England have a formula they have put into place and that's why they are number one in the world at the moment," he said. "They play hard, they use their conditions well, the batters get runs and put their bowlers in a position to win games. I think it's easier to play in India than in England," he added.