England underestimated us – Sir Viv
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC): Cricket legend Sir Viv Richards believes England took the Windies too lightly, resulting in their shock hammering in the ongoing three-Test series.
Sir Viv was on hand at the picturesque ground named in his honour to witness the 10-wicket victory on a sun-kissed third day last Saturday.
The victory came with an exclamation point as rookie opener John Campbell deposited a huge six over mid-wicket off seamer Jimmy Anderson, England's all-time leading wicket-taker and a veteran of 147 matches.
"You have to look at it in the cold light of day, England have been outgunned," said Sir Viv, who applauded the victory from the President's balcony.
"I don't think they expected it. I don't think they expected the Windies to be this competitive. They have played the better cricket and have been in great form, and it has really hurt England. The Windies are bowling at a pace that, whoever you are in world cricket as a batter, you won't like it. England haven't coped at all with it."
He continued: "I like what I'm seeing from my team. I'm seeing a new level of fitness among the bowlers especially, you just have to look at (Kemar) Roach and (Shannon) Gabriel and see the improvement. You can look into their eyes and you can see the fire and the belief. This team has given us great reason to cheer and be happy.
"There are some real chinks in that England batting order, and they have been exposed by the pace bowlers. They were able to get stuck into the (Jonny) Bairstows and the (Joe) Roots earlier than they would have liked and that can play havoc in the minds of some individuals."