England vs West Indies 1st Test Prediction 100% Sure Shot

England vs West Indies 1st Test Prediction 100% Sure Shot

It’s back. The fans won’t be present, but it’s back. Players can’t shine the ball in ways they are used to, but it’s back. Bio-secure environments are a necessity at the moment, but it’s back. Sanitisers, focus on hygiene and social distancing are the norm, but it’s back.

International cricket, after a four-month hiatus, is back. And isn’t it sweet relief to cricket lovers all over the globe.

Key Players to Watch/Key Stats

  • Shai Hope is crucial to West Indies’ chances. He was superb on his last Test tour in , scoring 375 runs at 75.00, headlined by a superb century to seal a stunning chase of 322 at Headingley.
  • However, his last two years in Tests have been poor (averages of 20.23 and 19.75 in and respectively). So, can he come good now?
  • Joe Root is out of this Test, so onus is on the England openers to make a good start.

Stats and Facts

  • The first Test match at the Rose Bowl in Southampton took place in 2011. England have won two of the three Tests at the ground (latest vs India in by 60 runs).
  • Jos Buttler scored a crucial 69 in the second innings of that match in .
  • The first innings scores at the ground read: 184, 569/7 dec. and 246. The team batting first avoided defeat in all three Tests (two wins, one draw).

Possible Playing XI

England will persist with Joe Denly at three, despite the promising performances of Dan Lawrence and James Bracey in the Team Buttler vs Team Stokes warmup match.

Also, England have a call to make regarding their attack. Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, James Anderson, Mark Wood and Stuart Broad are all in the squad for this Test, but two will likely make way (perhaps Archer as he recovers from his elbow injury), to make space for spinner Dom Bess.

England Possible XI: 1. Rory Burns, 2. Dominic Sibley, 3. Joe Denly, 4. Zak Crawley, 5. Ben Stokes (c), 6. Ollie Pope, 7. Jos Buttler (wk), 8. Chris Woakes/Jofra Archer, 9. Dom Bess, 10. Stuart Broad, 11. James Anderson

Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo and Keemo Paul made themselves unavailable for this tour. So, West Indies could go with Jermaine Blackwood at five to give them extra batting depth, with three pace options including skipper Jason Holder. Or, they could go with Oshane Thomas for that pace factor.

West Indies Possible XI: 1. Kraigg Brathwaite, 2. John Campbell, 3. Shamarh Brooks, 4. Shai Hope, 5. Jermaine Blackwood, 6. Roston Chase, 7. Shane Dowrich (wk), 8. Jason Holder (c), 9. Rakheem Cornwall, 10. Kemar Roach, 11. Shannon Gabriel.

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