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West Indies appear set to launch a passionate challenge against England when the two sides meet in the first of a three test series today in Antigua.

The West Indies have vowed to play “exciting and attacking cricket” in an all-important high stakes series which begins at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium

Denesh Ramdin’s men, under the guidance of new head coach Phil Simmons, are also eager to keep intact, their record of not losing against England in Antigua.

The West Indies wrapped-up their preparation with a full training session on Sunday morning at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

New West Indies head Coach Phil Simmons says he is impressed with the growth shown by the two uncapped players selected in the regional side

Rookie batsman Shai Hope and fellow Barbadian, fast-bowling all-rounder, Carlos Brathwaite, were selected in the 14-man squad announced by selectors late Friday.

Hope, was the fourth highest run-getter in the WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) amassing 628 runs from nine matches, which included a score of 211 against Windward Islands Volcanoes.

Brathwaite, 26, has been on the fringe of Test selection for some time having already turned out in the shorter versions for West Indies.
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