Memories of their famous victory at Headingley in 2017 that took the series down to the final match, followed by the Test series win against the same opponents in the Caribbean a year ago have filled the team with some hope.
Estwick had not heard the comments himself but said it was discussed in the West Indies dressing room, adding: "Obviously Mikey is a very passionate individual on certain subjects and it's good to see an icon of West Indies cricket coming out and speaking in such a strong and commanding way".
The long absence of cricket became longer when rain delayed toss on Day 1 of the first of the three-match Test series.
The second and third Tests will be played at Old Trafford, in Manchester, also in bio-secure environments.
The series would be played without fans similar to what has been the case for other sporting events around the world.
"Before captaincy I'm a player and my performances must stand out: I must perform my role for the team", Holder said. "The best message that I have received was when I got my photos done yesterday in the blazer". Haider is part of Pakistan's 29-member squad announced for the Test and T20I series against England.
When play eventually started, England lost Dom Sibley off the 10th ball, when he was bowled for a duck by Shannon Gabriel after not playing a shot.
How and where to watch online England vs West Indies, 1st Test match live streaming? Bowlers will now have to look at alternative ways to keep one side of the ball smooth in order to get the ball to swing.
"If you get one thing wrong, it might blow this whole "getting sport back onto the radar" further back", England stand-in captain Ben Stokes said on Tuesday ahead of Eng vs WI 1 Test series in a news conference.
"We have a great chance to send a real powerful message and to educate people more on the matter".
While it has been more than three decades since the Windies won a Test series on English soil - in 1988 under the captaincy of Sir Vivian Richards - optimism is high in the visitor's camp, with recent results seemingly pointing to an upward trajectory for the Test team.
West Indies captain Jason Holder, who left out Rahkeem Cornwall, said he was "not too disappointed to be bowling first". On the pitch were the two captains and match referee Chris Broad while a robotic camera relayed the images.
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