India, West Indies first Test from today

India, West Indies first Test from today
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A confident India under new coach Anil Kumble will be aiming to claim their third successive Test series when they take on an inexperienced West Indies side in the first game of the four-match Test rubber at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here on Thursday.

Antigua : A confident India under new coach Anil Kumble will be aiming to claim their third successive Test series when they take on an inexperienced West Indies side in the first game of the four-match Test rubber at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here on Thursday.

India had won both their previous series in the Caribbean with a 1-0 margin (2006 and 2011) and the upcoming four Tests will give the Virat Kohli-led young side a brilliant opportunity to better that record.

Meanwhile, the hosts haven't won a Test series against anyone other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe, home or away, since August 2012 while India can bank on their 2-1 away win against Sri Lanka and 3-0 thrashing of South Africa at home late last year.

Going into the first Test, the Indians had a decent outing in both the warm-up games against the West Indies Cricket Board President's XI side, with both the batsmen and bowlers spending ample time in the middle.

But it won't be a cakewalk for the visitors as the track used for the practice games at St. Kitts was on the slower side but with some bounce, which helped the spinners from either side while the pacers had to be satisfied with the limited movement available.

From the time, Kohli took over the mantle of the Test team, India have mostly opted for a five-bowler strategy, a trend which is very likely to be continued in the first Test.

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