England vs West Indies: Jimmy Anderson praise West Indies for ’scary’ decision

England bowler Jimmy Anderson has praised West Indies for taking the “scary” decision to come to England for this summer’s three-Test series.

West Indies’ touring party arrived in Manchester on Tuesday to prepare for the series, which starts at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on July 8.

Three leading players — Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul — opted not to travel, amid safety fears over coronavirus, and Anderson praised those who did for giving English and cricket globally a major boost.

“It’s great for the game,” said Anderson. “It’s brilliant that we’re closing in on getting some Test cricket played after a decent lay-off.

“From our point of view, we’re very grateful that the West Indies are coming over here with what’s going on in the world. I can imagine it can be a scary decision for a lot of them to make the journey over, so we’re hugely grateful.”