England vs West Indies 2020, 1st Test: Preview
Finally! International cricket is back again after a gap of almost four months. West Indies have travelled to England for a 3-match Test series. The first Test of the three-match Wisden Trophy between England and West Indies will take place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The venue was selected because they have a hotel on site, meaning that the fixture can take place in a bio-secure environment due to obvious concerns about coronavirus.
The last time these two teams met each other in a Test series in West Indies and the hosts defeated England by 2-1. The Caribbean boys are looking forward to replicate that performance again in English conditions. England, on the other hand, would be keen to avenge the defeat of the last Test series. Both sides warmed up earlier last week via an inter-squad warm-up game.
Date: July 8-12, 2020
Time: 03:30 pm (IST)
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
This is the start of English season and there is no International cricket and County cricket played in Rose Bowl from past 4 month. So, the track might just have a extra spice in it for the fast bowler. The captain winning the toss will probably want to field first and exploit anything that is there in the surface for the bowlers.
The rain hasn’t been forecasted on either of the day but the weather will remain partly cloudy. The temperature will remain in the range of 10 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius and this temperature is ideal for Test match cricket because it isn’t going to be too cold.
England captain Joe Root won’t be available for this Test match because he is expecting a baby so he will be on paternity leave. Ben Stokes will lead the side in Root’s absence. Youngster Ollie Pope might bat on No 4 in the place of Joe Root. Joe Denly and captain Stokes might bat at 5 and 6 respectively, while Jos Buttler will take on the wicket-keeping duties. The pace trio of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Jofra Archer will be supported by Captain Stokes and Dom Bess might be the only specialist spinner for the England.
Predicted XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Ben Stokes (C), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Shamarh Brooks and Jermaine Blackwood might bat on 4 and 6 respectively in the absence of Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer. West Indies might go with an all-pace attack of Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, and the captain Jason Holder himself. All-rounder Roston Chase will Roll his arm as an lone spinner and will bat at 5.
Predicted XI: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (WK), Jason Holder (C), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel
Jason Holder (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach
Both the teams are very strong and will give their best to win the first match and take an early lead. Hence the first match will be important as well as exciting. Also both the teams will try to improve their ranking in ICC Test Championship Table. It will be a great challenge for West Indies team to defeat England in England.