Since long, West Indies have been touring England to start off new season almost every second or third year but in last few decades, Caribbean team hasn't been as competitive as they used to be. Anyway, Windies at least form a good punching bag for boxing English team to prepare before they fight tough battle against South Africans this year 2012..
It's been a dozen years when West Indies last won a test match in England, beating them at Edgbaston back in June 2000, losing 12 tests and drawing only twice since then. Can we expect an improved performance from visitors this time? unlikely because English pitches will be fresh and weather extremely cold as 3 tests, 3 ODI and a twenty20 series is played out in months of May and June 2012.
West Indies arrive in England on 2nd May, play two practice games against Sussex and England Lions before the first test at Lord's from 17th and second test at Trent Bridge from 25th.
Windies will play another two day game against Leicestershire at Grace Road before 3rd test at Edgbaston and another 50 over encounter with Middlesex at Lord's before the limited over formats. It seems like England organisers are intent on giving their county teams some matches against international teams to test their feat in big league, by setting plenty of tour games.
One day matches will be played at Rose Bowl in Southampton, The Oval and Headingley while the Twenty20 match is at Trent Bridge on 24th June to finish off tour.