England and the West Indies have a short turnaround time before the second test.
The return of international cricket proved to be an exciting affair when the West Indies gained a 1-0 lead over England in the three-game series in Southampton. As the hosts are under pressure to save the series, the second test at Old Trafford will make room for interesting player battles. Here we identify three key players from both sides who could be under the scanner in the second test.
Despite the defeat at Ageas Bowl, Ben Stokes was easily England’s best hitter. He made a convincing 40s in both innings, but could not prevail in the game and was released twice by his opponent Jason Holder. In the series opening game, Stokes was the sixth player to achieve the test double of 4,000 runs and 150 gates in tests.
With the captain off your shoulders, the all-rounder could become an even more dangerous undertaking. His bowling, which was sharp on the fifth day, could again be more than practical when the teams met in Manchester
England has not had a stable test start as a partner of Alastair Cook since Andrew Strauss’s resignation in 2012. With Cook’s resignation in 2018, Rory Burns was responsible for getting into the role. When he crossed the milestone of 1,000 test runs in Southampton.
Burns also increased the confidence of the English middle class in their openings. In Manchester, he could again make a decisive contribution to stopping the intimidating pace attack of the West Indies with the new ball.
Rory Burns has now scored 1000 runs in Test cricket 👏— ICC (@ICC) July 9, 2020
He becomes the 30th England player to pass the tally in the opening spots. pic.twitter.com/MX0Vg4m5ed
The opening batsman of the West Indies had had overwhelming numbers in the series in the past two years. In 29 innings since 2018, he had made 576 runs with an average of 21.33.
However, he competed against a high-profile attack in England in the Southampton Test and defied them with 125 balls, which meant a decisive half-century in this process. If he continues his good shape from the warm-up game within the squad and the first test, West Indies will have fewer headaches.
Jason Holder’s surreal test cricket numbers over the past two years appeared to have flown under the radar despite his No. 1 position in the test all-rounder ranking of the MRF Tires ICC men. In Southampton, his bowling came to the fore when he picked up a big six-wicket train on day two to decimate the hosts.
The spell that restricted England to 204 proved crucial when the West Indies built a solid lead in the first innings. Holder has also improved the bowling ranking and will again play a key role for visitors in the second test. His captain, who was again impressive at Ageas Bowl, is also closely followed.
🚨 RANKINGS UPDATE 🚨— ICC (@ICC) July 14, 2020
After his phenomenal performance in the first #ENGvWI game, Jason Holder overtakes Neil Wagner in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Rankings for bowling. He’s now No.2 👏
Latest rankings: https://t.co/AIR0KN4yY5 pic.twitter.com/itkwxZFxgm
Return Of Joy Root
The return of the English skipper will be a great relief for the batting team. While Zak Crawley performed well in his absence, Joe Denly was less than convincing and Root could replace either of them for the Manchester test. Root brings consistency to the middle order, as its numbers suggest.
Since 2018, he has been the best runscorer in tests with 2,039 runs, including four hundred and thirteen half-centuries.
Do you know what happened last time?
The last series between these teams took place in the West Indies, and England lost ground again after losing to Bridgetown in the first test. England lost the second test in North Sound and granted the series to the hosts. While they won the dead gum in Gros Islet, it was pretty clear that West Indies was the better unit under these conditions.
In the series before 2017 in England, West Indies lost the first test by a large margin just to numb the hosts in the second test at Headingley. They lost the third test to cash in the series, but this time they appear to be a rounded, better unit.
What Ben Stock Said?
“I can see why Joe [Root] loses a lot of sleep because he has to do that in every game. I really enjoyed the responsibility of leading the team and making decisions out there.”
What Jason Holder Said?
“It’s a huge, huge victory. It’s not an easy task to beat England in England. We made it last time we were here in 2017. We all know what it’s like but things have changed since then changed drastically. ” We are a huge unit in their back yard. To start the series, this fountain is very promising for us and we are proud of our performance. “
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England Team Squad | England vs West Indies 2nd Test
B Stokes (Captain)
J Buttler (Keeper)
West Indies Team Squad | West Indies vs England 2nd Test
J Holder (Captain)
S Dowrich (Keeper)