Injury concerns for Windies
The West Indies have injury concerns over Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul ahead of Thursday's first Test at Lord's.
Last Updated: 14/05/12 11:59am
The West Indies have injury concerns over pacemen Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul ahead of Thursday's first Test at Lord's.
Roach was troubled by a twisted ankle and was unable to bowl on Sunday as the tourists were beaten by the England Lions, while Rampaul was restricted to just four overs by a stiff neck.
The Lions won the game by 10 wickets, adding the the Windies' early woes.
Coach Ottis Gibson said: "Kemar Roach has twisted his left foot, and it was a precaution as much as anything that he didn't bowl.
"Ravi Rampaul woke up with a stiff neck (on Sunday morning)."
The absence of either against England at Lord's will be a major blow to the Windies.
"We have to be a little bit careful with Lord's in mind," added Gibson.
"It is a bit of a disappointment they [the seamers] have not bowled much.
"But we are here to play Test matches and we hope it will be all right.
"We have just had a very tough series (against Australia) in the Caribbean, and they bowled a lot of balls there - especially Kemar Roach.
"In England it is a matter of getting used to the conditions rather than bowling a lot of balls - and you can get used to the cold without bowling."
Rain ruined the Windies' tour opener against Sussex and they were clearly second best against the Lions in Northampton.
Kieran Powell's Saturday century had given them hope but on the final morning, when they needed to keep the Lions waiting just a little to sow some doubts, the West Indies' last two wickets fell for only 13 runs in barely half an hour.
The Lions, on the back of Joe Root's second first-class hundred - an unbeaten 115 - and Michael Carberry's 72 not out, then sauntered to victory with more than a session to spare.