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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Will England retaliate to West Indies? 2nd Test starts today

England vs West Indies second Test match starts from today at Old Trafford, Manchester. England fans are expecting that England should give retaliation to West Indies in the second Test match, as England lost to West Indies by 4 wickets in the first Test match. West Indies leads the three match Test series by 1-0.

Joe Root
Joe Root

The first Test between England and West Indies marked the return of International cricket after a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first Test ended as so thrilling as the match went up to last hour of the 5th day. West Indies won the first Test match by 4 wickets & leads the series by 1-0. As England lost the first Test on their own soil, they are in under pressure to win the second Test match. 

Joe Root returns

The absence of Joe Root in the first Test affected so much in the England Batting line-up. As he joined with the squad for the second Test, it is expected that it will bring a major change in result in England's batting. As Joe Root returns, he will be leading the team & Joe Denly have been substituted.

Stuart Broad did not play the first Test match as he was removed from the playing eleven. So he became angry & he criticized them for not letting him to play the first Test match. He also said that he is in a good form & said doesn't know why they didn't let him play. In today's Test will he be playing? We'll know it only before the match starts.

The Old Trafford cricket stadium is a lucky stadium for England as they have lost only 1 match out of 12 matches.

How is West Indies team?

The historic win at Southampton against England has boosted West Indies more to win the series. The skipper Jason Holder (7 wickets), Shannon Gabriel (9 wickets) & Blackwood's 95 runs (in the second innings) helped West Indies to win the match. With their excellent form, West Indies are in hope to win the second Test also. If they win the second Test, they will be winning the Test series in English soil since 32 years.

West Indies coach Phil Simmons said that the players shouldn't feel their work is over as they won their first Test match. The players should try to play the same as how they performed in the first Test & win the second Test also. 

He also said that they have got a chance to win the series & make history. So the coach have decided that they should think & plan properly about what to do in the next 5 days & play according to that.


Weather 

The first Test between England and West Indies in Southampton saw the first day getting delayed for several hours due to rain and wet outfield. Luckily, the next 4 days the weather changed & there was no much rain. The question is will it rain in Manchester. Unfortunately on the last few days, Manchester has seen frequent spells of rain. The weather is expected to remain the same for next few days. There are 25% chances of precipitation to rain.

Pitch Report of 2nd Test of England vs West Indies

The Old Trafford pitch is known for plenty of swing and movement to seamers. The England bowlers like James Anderson & Stuart Broad have the high advantage with the new ball. West Indies seamers showcased that they are not underestimated as well in the first Test. So we can expect plenty of swings from the bowlers.
 

Squad


England Squad: Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Dom Sibeley, Rory Joseph Burns, Zak Crawley, Chris Woakes, Jos Butler, Ollie Pope, Dom Bess, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Stuart Board, Joe Denly.

West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Kraig Brathwaite, Sharmarh  Brooks, Nkrumah Bonner, Rankeem Conwall, Raymon Reifer, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich, Alzari Joseph, Chemar Holder, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel.

They playing eleven will be revealed before the match.

Broadcast

The Test series of England vs West Indies will be broadcast by Sony. You can watch the live cricket action in Television in Sony Six. The match will start at 3.30 PM (IST).

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