West Indies Vs England: England begin their fightback in Test Cricket after a disastrous year. They lost in India, and are currently trailing against India at home, and were nowhere near competitive in the Ashes. England were way to short on talent, and their stubborn mindset showed through the season. With consistent losses, England are looking to make changes, but some of the changes continue to look funny.
England have dropped their best ever fast bowlers in James Anderson and Stuart Broad. The pair were good in Australia and the closest to competing in a tough tour, but find themselves dropped as England ring in changes. The dropping of Dawid Malan was also interesting as Malan along with Root was the only batter to counter the Australians.
There are a lot of interesting changes, but the intent seems good and England look like they are finally taking Test Cricket seriously. They are back in the Caribbean, a region which could be considered as the starting point of their Test downfall. England toured the Caribbean in 2019, and lost the West Indies Vs England Test series badly, getting all-out for 77 at a point. The West Indies were brilliant and seem to have a special liking for England.
Recent numbers against the English team have been good with the West Indies winning Tests in England on their last two visits, and winning the previous series. They have a very good record in West Indies Vs England Tests at home, and the fast-bowling attack looks scary, which is a strong sign for the West Indies.
Match: West Indies Vs England
Date: 8th March 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
The weather for the West Indies Vs England Test is clear with slight cloud cover. There is minimal chance of rain throughout the West Indies Vs England Test.
Off late, surfaces in the Caribbean have been dry and dead. High pace will be needed to extract bounce on the surface, and the pacers will have an advantage.
Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Joe Root (c), Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes (wk), Chris Woakes, Jake Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Mark Wood
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Kyle Mayers, Jermain Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua De Silva (wk), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Veerasammy Permaul, Jayden Seales.
England has announced their twelve ahead of the match and will make a decision on the final eleven ahead of the toss.
With James Anderson and Stuart Broad dropped and Jofra Archer injured, Chris Woakes will have a lot of responsibility on him. He had a dismal Ashes tour, but will now be taking the new-ball and leading the attack.
Jason Holder is in a rich run of form and did an exceptional job when England last visited. His height will make him extract bounce with ease at North Sound, and his lower-order batting can also irritate opponents.
England are coming in with a fresh side but are still not too promising in Test Cricket. West Indies have a good record at home against England and should have the upper hand in this West Indies Vs England Test.
Match Prediction: West Indies will win the match.