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Brooks made his Test debut against India last year (August) and had scored his maiden Test ton in his third game against Afghanistan in Lucknow.

Brooks made his Test debut against India last year (August) and had scored his maiden Test ton in his third game against Afghanistan in Lucknow.

West Indies top-order batsman Shamarh Brooks believes that the West Indies team has had ample time to prepare for the upcoming Test series against England and labelled the intensity in practice games as "'decent".

"I think we've had enough time to prepare. We've been here three-four weeks now, we've had two practice games, and I think the intensity in those practice games was decent," Brooks said on Saturday(July 4). "But having said that, we just came off a first-class season as well, so it's not like we are out of the woods in terms of not being in cricket form. I know three months might seem like a while, but I think the four weeks we have had here would be enough time to get ourselves back in shape and ready for this Test series," he further added.

Brooks made his Test debut against India last year (August) and had scored his maiden Test ton in his third game against Afghanistan in Lucknow in November 2019. In all likelihood, Brooks will bat at three which is considered to be a challenging slot to bat in English conditions. Speaking of the batting challenges, Brooks noted 'spending time at the crease' as a key factor to make batting look easy. "We know the English bowling attack is a good one. Once we bat well, I think we have a very good chance. Spending time at the crease will be key and as long as we apply ourselves, spend some time out there, it will get easier. We need as a batting unit to stand up in this series and make the difference."

The West Indies players took part in two intra-squad practice fixtures in which their potential top five (Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shamarah Brooks, Shai Hope and Roston Chase) got tested by some tight and accurate bowling, especially in the rain-marred second game at Manchester.

Speaking of his team's bowling abilities, the 31-year-old Barbadian claimed: "Clearly our bowling will be our strength, and has been for the past couple of years. If you look at our batting, when we do get it right as a unit we have won games. That's why I'm stressing on the point that we need to bat well, especially against a team like England at home, who are going to be very challenging."

Brooks also paid tribute to Sir Everton Weekes who passed away earlier this week and most prominently spoke of the impact the former legend had on him. "When I scored my first Test hundred in India, I spoke about Sir Everton. Even in first-class cricket, whenever cricket is being played at Kensington (Barbados), he would always be in the president's suite watching. You were always able to go up there, whether it be during the game or after the game, and have a word with him about what he would have seen, what you can do differently. Now that great man has gone but he has left a legacy and hopefully the guys in the team now can carry on that legacy, " he concluded.

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