Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia will host the 3rd and final match of the ENG vs WI series. West Indies are leading the series 2-0 and will eye a whitewash while England will try to avoid that from happening. Jason Holder, who was instrumental in previous 2 matches, won’t feature in the Test but are England good enough at the moment to take advantage of that? The answer might be simply no if we look at the last 2 matches.
Windies will be without their skipper Jason Holder who was suspended by the ICC for one match due to slow over-rate. They have called up Keemo Paul – the 20-year old allrounder to replace him. They might include uncapped Oshane Thomas if they think they need extra pace, but it can weaken the batting lineup. So, Paul could be the ideal replacement for Holder who is handy with both bat and bowl. Kraigg Brathwaite will captain the team.
The bowling lineup of England looked one-dimensional in the previous 2 matches and might include Mark Wood in place of Sam Curran. England could bring in Mark Wood for Sam Curran to add some pace to a bowling attack. England named Keaton Jennings in the 12-man squad, bringing him back after dropping him for the second Test. There’s a chance that Joe Denly could shift down to No. 3 with Rory Burns and Jennings opening the innings. England also axed Ben Foakes, who was available for selection following a bruised hand in the Antigua Test.
Let’s have a look at the possible playing XI of both the teams.
- Kraigg Brathwaite (c)
- John Campbell
- Shai Hope
- Darren Bravo
- Roston Chase
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Shane Dowrich(w)
- Keemo Paul
- Kemar Roach
- Alzarri Joseph
- Shannon Gabriel
- Rory Burns
- Keaton Jennings
- Joe Denly
- Joe Root(c)
- Jonny Bairstow (wk)
- Ben Stokes
- Jos Buttler
- Moeen Ali
- Stuart Broad
- Mark Wood
- James Anderson
MATCH TIME, VENUE AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Match Time: The match will start at 7:00 PM (Pakistan Time)
Venue: Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
Weather Forecast: The test match could be affected by scattered showers.
- Joe Root has never gone a series without making at least a fifty or a hundred. He has scored only 40 runs from four innings in the Caribbean this series.
- This will be England’s first match at this venue.
- West Indies have not won three Tests in a row since 2012-13
- West Indies last whitewash in a series of three test matches or more came against England in 1985-86 series.
- Last year, Shannon Gabriel claimed a 13-wicket haul at the Darren Sammy Stadium
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