England which went for the West Indies tour as favorites to clinch the test series is struggling big time. With the Windies performing outstandingly well and giving England a tough time, England has no clue what to do to overcome them in the England vs West Indies series.
After two consecutive losses, we analyze what could be the reasons for their failure in the second Antigua test match.
1. Kemar Roach
The fast bowler has been in devastating form for the West Indies. He has gone through the English batting lineup with ease and has made in-roads early with the red cherry. He backed up his man of the match performance with another brilliant one in this Antigua test match with figures of 8/82 that didn’t allow the English Batsman to even score 200 runs in an innings .
2. English openers.
After the retirement of the English legendary opening batsman Alastair Cook, England have struggled with their opening pair and have been trying a few different ones especially in the Test matches. With RJ Burns and Joe Denly opening the innings for the three lions, both managed to score only 43 runs altogether in their both innings. If England are to succeed at test level , they better find a solid opening pair which can survive against the new ball in tough conditions and against top notch bowling.
3. English fast-bowlers.
England have perhaps the most perfect Test fast bowling duo in the World in the form of Anderson & Broad who play only the test format and are known to rip the batting orders apart. But that has not been the case on this tour so far, the West Indies batsman have played them with ease which has neutralized the most potent threat that the touring team possessed. If the English side has to succeed in the third test, these two have to produce more goods with the bowl in order to restore some pride.
The West Indian captain Jason Holder has been sublime in all departments. He has led from the front and is probably enjoying the best patch of form in International cricket. He is ranked as number 1 ICC Test all-rounder in the world and has led his troops to a historical series win well against England. Whereas Joe Root hasn’t been pro-active enough to make things happen.
England will have to be on the top of their game to defeat this high-on confidence West Indies side to avoid an embarrassing white-wash!
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