3rd Test Match: West Indies cricket was plagued with inconsistency in the previous ten years or so. It has not been any different in their ongoing Test series against England. After having an all-important 1-0 lead with all the Southampton success. They moved by 113 runs in the Old Trafford in Manchester. On the fourth day of the second Test. The game seemed well poised for a draw, but the people lost their way.
Together with the show at stake, England and Jason Holder’s guys would lock horns for the deciding competition, beginning Friday, July 24, at Manchester itself. Caribbean coach Phil Simmons was not pleased with their top-order batting with no way and was mulling a few changes. Their staff direction earlier indicated that gamers from the reservations might also be tried out for the previous Test.
England, on the other hand, is relatively relieved that they were able to draw a degree and has a possibility of clinching back the Wisden Trophy. The hosts found themselves at a little confusion ahead of the match following Jofra Archer was ruled out because of breach of bio-security protocols. However, the likes of Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, and Sam Curran made sure the Three Lions did not suffer hiccups.
However, they can not manage to undermine the West Indies batting, keeping in mind their series in the Rose Bowl. Although the people lost the last period in Manchester, historically, it’s been a happy hunting ground for them, winning seven out of 16 Tests using their previous win coming from 1988.
Consequently, he obtained clearance to perform the next Test. When he comes, then the ax is predicted to return to Sam Curran, that mathematically was England’s least successful quick bowler in the prior experience.
James Anderson and Mark Wood did not play the last game, and it was seen when they make their comeback. The 34-year-old Broad, after being dumped for the first Test, stamped his authority using a stupendous fascination in the second innings.
The onus will be on Ben Stokes, the present number one Evaluation all-rounder. Dominic Bess, is the only spinner, was reasonably reasonable also.
Predicted XI– Dom Bess Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Joe Root (C), Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran/Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad,
Shai Hope and John Campbell have come from the firing line following a series of bad performances. The former has not completed in his last five Tests. And even veterans such as Curtly Ambrose reckons he must be given a break to get back assurance. Gibson appeared somewhat unhappy also.
Even as Hope has just 57 runs, Campbell has handled 52 runs. The Caribbean management sooner talked about involving players in the reservations. If that is true, then Shayne Moseley, who’s an adventure of 28 first-class matches with three years and ten fifties, might get a go.
22-year-old Joshua p Silva hammered an unbeaten 189 in the top in the 2nd intra-squad warm-up game and is also an alternative. Their bowlers were exceptional in Southampton but moved into a small slump last moment. It’ll be intriguing to understand how Holder’s guys take the area with a fresh zeal.
Predicted XI– Alzarri Joseph, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope/Joshua de Silva, John Campbell/Shayne Moseley, Shamarh Brooks, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder (c), Kemar Roach
Head to head
Played- 159, England won- 50, West Indies won- 58, Drawn- 51
9 — Stuart Broad requires another nine wickets to become the seventh overall. And next England bowler to combine with the 500-wicket club in Test cricket.
200 — Kemar Roach (197) is on the verge of 200 Test wickets.
Match timings — 11:00 am local time, 3:30 pm IST
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