It’s finally happening that international cricket is coming back into the fold after four months of breakneck battle with a global health crisis. The West Indies arrived on the English shores in the first week of June to prepare for a high-voltage Test series. The tourists, including the support staff, have adhered to all the necessary rules and regulations as part of safety measures and are ready to take part in the series.
The West Indies might be the current holders of the Wisden Trophy; however, their numbers don’t go for an impressive reading on the Englishmen’s backyard. The era headlined by Viv Richards was the time when the Caribbeans reigned supreme over England even on their enemy’s soil. However, it hasn’t been since 1988 that West Indies won a series there.
And their task could be an uphill one, considering Shimron Hetmyer and Darren Bravo’s unavailability in response to health concerns. But as much as England has improved from their South African tour, the visitors’ pacers could dent their work-in-progress top-order. Hence, the hosts need to be wary of it. And like last year, West Indies could again thrive on the “Underdogs” tag.
We take a look at West Indies’ predicted XI for the first Test against England:
Kraigg Brathwaite will start the innings having remained within the West Indies’ setup since 2011. Brathwaite was part of the West Indies’ squad in their visit in 2017 and averaged 47.17 in three Tests with a century and fifty.
He struck 84 and 34 in the first warm-up game but failed in the second. Nevertheless, the 27-year old’s temperament at the top would have a crucial role to play.