Ageas Bowl, Southampton marks the historic return of Test Cricket as the arch rival England and West Indies are going to face each other. After a wait of 4 months, finally the time has arrived to witness the biggest and the most important match of this year.
The Southampton looks silent and unusual as the match is being played behind closed doors without spectators. The overcast condition with rain coming and going is causing some worry and concern for Cricket fans
After a long wait finally the covers are off, the mighty England and the fierce West Indies team have geared up for the match. England Captain Ben Stokes has won the toss and elected to bat first. The overcast condition didn’t changed the team and the captain’s finding from the wicket.
Ben Stokes after the toss said, “Going to have a bat. Trying to get the best conditions out of it. Overhead conditions didn’t change our perception. Looks dry on top. Won’t have too much pace in it. Recently spin’s come into it. Tough decision with Broad and Woakes. But we feel that we can have an extra dimension with the pace of Wood and Archer. To be fair, he wished me very well on my big day. Very proud but my main focus is to get the win. Three lions on the chest, walking out to play for your country, no bgiger motivation”.
However West Indies captain Jason Holder didn’t seemed to be disappointed by loosing the toss. The captain said, “Not too disheartened with bowling first. Will look to make use of these conditions. We’ve got four quicks. Got Chase as a spin bowling option. Discipline’s the name of the game. Been little strange. Haven’t been able to move out of the hotel. It is what it is. Preparation’s been good. Some days we had rain. It’s a cause we’re both pushing – to have the Black Lives Matter emblem on the collar.”
England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, James Anderson
West Indies (Playing XI): John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich(w), Jason Holder(c), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
England Squad- Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
West Indies squad- 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