Finally, international cricket is making a slow and steady return amid COVID-19 pandemic. From this Wednesday (8th July), the hosts England will play the first match of the three-match Test series against the visitors West Indies at The Rose Bowl (Southampton). It will be the first international match after the Sydney ODI between Australia and New Zealand on 13th March 2020.
The Test series between England and West Indies will be the part of the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21. While it will be the three-match Test series, the winners of each Test will earn 40 points. Meanwhile, both teams will earn 20 and 13 points each for every tied and draw Test match respectively.
Before the beginning of this Southampton Test, here we are introducing some crucial stats preview of this Test match.
Venue stats (The Rose Bowl, Southampton)
Before the upcoming Test match between England and West Indies, The Rose Bowl (Southampton) hosted three Tests. This venue’s debutant Test was in June 2011 where England faced Sri Lanka and it had a draw result.
Later, England hosted India twice at this venue, in July 2014 and August-September 2018. England won by 266 runs in 2014 summer and they again beat the Indian team by 60 runs in 2018 summer.
England vs West Indies head-to-head Test records
|Stats||Total Tests||England Won||West Indies Won||Tied||Draw|
|In the last 10 matches||10||4||4||0||2|
|At The Rose Bowl (Southampton)||–||–||–||–||–|
Forms in last 10 Tests
Ben Stokes (England)
i) English all-rounder Ben Stokes will lead the England team for the first time during Southampton Test. He will be the 81st England Test captain and 92nd England captain in overall format.
ii) Ben Stokes (147 wickets) is three wickets away from the 150 Test wickets.
James Anderson (England)
i) The right-arm pacer James Anderson has taken 82 Test wickets against West Indies, which is the second-most by an England bowler against West Indies. While Fred Trueman is leading this list with 86 wickets, Anderson is five wickets away to surpass him and move on top of this list.
ii) James Anderson is also currently the fourth most Test wicket-taker against West Indies. Apart from the former English pacer Fred Trueman (86 wickets), former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev (89 wickets) and legendary Australian pacer Glenn McGrath (110 wickets) are also ahead of Anderson in this list. McGrath can also surpass Kapil Dev in the upcoming Southampton Test by picking up at least eight wickets.
Chris Woakes (England)
i) England pacer Chris Woakes (245 wickets) is five wickets away to complete his 250 international wickets.
ii) Also, Chris Woakes (95 wickets) needs to take five more wickets to complete his 100 Test wickets.
Jason Holder (West Indies)
i) Caribbean skipper Jason Holder (193 wickets) is seven wickets away to complete his 200 international wickets as a captain. He will be the first West Indies captain and sixth overall captain to claim 200 international wickets.
ii) Jason Holder is also ten wickets away to complete his 100 Test wickets as a captain. Only Sir Garry Sobers managed to claim 100+ Test wickets as a West Indies captain as the legend picked up 117 Test wickets as a captain.
iii) Jason Holder has scored 1898 Test runs. The right-handed batsman is 102 runs away to complete his 2000 Test runs.