West Indies intend to use their critics as fuel for an improved performance against England this summer.

Coach Stuart Law spoke in glowing terms about captain Jason Holder and his opportunity to lead West Indies into a new era, despite the predictions of many that he may have a thankless task on his hands.

The tourists, who will begin a three-match Investec series on Thursday with England’s first day-night Test at Edgbaston, are ranked a lowly eighth in the International Cricket Council rankings after a succession of miserable results – away from home, especially.

West Indies did, however, draw their last series against England under Holder – in the Caribbean two years ago – and Law, who began his own tenure in January, believes the all-rounder can get the best out of the tourists here and for many more campaigns to come.

“He takes it with a pinch of salt, the things said about him and this team and uses it to drive him and them forward,” said the Australian.

“He’s got experience. He’s done it at this level, and I’m looking forward to how he performs.

“It is a lot of responsibility, and he does it with fantastic integrity.

“He’s a young man, but very intelligent and high quality.

“He’s doing everything to make sure he captains this side not just this series but for 10 or 15 years.”

Law senses too that West Indies have the right personnel – especially in a seam attack containing the pace of Shannon Gabriel and 20-year-old Alzarri Joseph – to expose possible vulnerabilities in England’s batting order.

Asked if he sees weaknesses in the opposition, Law said: “There are.

“You always look at any little crack you can find.

“With a couple of new guys to the fore in Test cricket, that’s an opportunity for our bowlers.

Stuart Law is in charge of the West Indies squad
Stuart Law is in charge of the West Indies squad (Andrew Matthews/PA)

“We’ve some pretty experienced, pretty good bowlers up front as well. So it’s an opportunity for us to exploit those weaknesses.”

West Indies held England to a 1-1 series draw in early 2015.

That result came after they had been described by none other than England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves as “mediocre”.

Law, however, is not about to hark back to such rhetoric – because he believes West Indies already have sufficient motivation to prove themselves over the next month.

“That’s in the past,” he said.

“You can’t keep looking back – and if you do that, you can’t move forward.

“We’ve got other reasons to play well here, and that’s not one of them.

“There’s been a lot said about this cricket team, and that is motivation for them.

“We’re looking forward – let’s rewrite that history.”

Many still anticipate an overwhelming home victory, and Law emphasises the only way to make people ponder if they have shown a lack of respect, or been naive in their assessment, is to excel against their expectations.

“If we come out and play well, it can be deemed all of those,” he said.

“Our players understand there’s a few comments flying around like that. We’ve instructed them to use that as motivation to go out and play your best.

“Words mean nothing without action.”