After showing an inexplicable amount of talent against World #3 test team, England in the 1st England vs West Indies Test, the West Indians are now set to face Englishmen in the 2nd test of the series. The massive win of 381 runs against England proved that Windies are in no mood to stop. Captain Jason Holder’s stunning double century established a dominant lead for the team after which winning the first test against England became all too easy. And they will certainly be looking to double it now.
But on the other hand, England will also be hungry for a win, so the 2nd test is expected to be even more fierce and action-packed than the last one.
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Windies will once again be led by Jason Holder, he has shown phenomenal form in the last couple of matches and it was his confident batting which sealed a win for the team. While Holder and Daren Bravo are the experienced players in the squad, there is a mix of many new faces in the team too.
Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich has impressed with the bat as he scored a century in the last test match along with good cameos by Chase and Campbell. It is expected that Windies will go unchanged except for one forced change.
Fast bowler Oshane Thomas has been added to Windies squad for the second Test against England. Thomas was called in as cover for Alzarri Joseph ahead of the first Test in Barbados, which Windies won. Joseph was able to perform in the first test but would now take rest during the second test.
England will surely make mega changes because clearly nothing worked for them in the first test. A world number 3 team losing a match from World number 8 is quite embarrassing for any side.
Joe Root is desperate as the performance in the first test has already garnered a lot of criticism for the captain.
In naming their 12-man squad for the Test, both Adil Rashid and Keaton Jennings have been discarded, with Joe Denly set to make his Test debut at the age of 32. Stuart Broad might also make a comeback as England greatly missed his pace in the first test.
England opener Rory Burns says the squad must learn their lessons from the Barbados defeat and focus on leveling the series against the strong Windies. It will be considered important to establish a strong lead in order to bring the opponents under some sort of pressure.
Let’s have a look at the possible playing XI of both the teams.
- Jason Holder (c)
- Kraigg Brathwaite
- Darren Bravo
- John Campbell
- Roston Chase
- Shane Dowrich (wk)
- Shannon Gabriel
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Shai Hope
- Alzarri Joseph
- Kemar Roach
- Joe Root (c)
- Moeen Ali
- James Anderson
- Jonny Bairstow
- Stuart Broad
- Rory Burns
- Jos Buttler
- Sam Curran
- Joe Denly
- Ben Foakes
- Ben Stokes
Match Time, Venue and Weather Conditions
Match Time: The match will start at 7:00 PM (Pakistan Time)
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
Weather Forecast: The clouds will be hovering over the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, with possible showers.
Head to Head
England has played 154 test matches against Windies from 1928 to 2017, England has won 48 and lost 55. Their win percentage is 31%.
- The first win was a huge one for Windies, they won the game by 381 runs to register their third biggest win (in terms of runs) in Tests and their biggest at home.