Since the inception of the 21st century, we've all missed the fierce West Indies team of the 80s and 90s. However, Jason Holder's men in the United Kingdom are bringing back the glory days when the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose ripped through all batting lineups with sheer ease. Roach, Gabriel, Holder and Joseph form a formidable pace quartet.
Their exploits were visible when they bundled out England for 204, following which the likes of Shane Dowrich and Kraigg Brathwaite took on the English bowlers to finish their innings at 318. With a substantial lead of 114, the men from the Caribbean are on top in this Test match. The English batsmen need to apply themselves on this dry English pitch against WI's formidable pace quartet and a few off-spin overs from Roston Chase. If England manages to get past this total without losing any wickets and then begin quickfire scoring, the pressure might be back on Jason Holder's outfit. Here's our take on the final day of this 1st Test match.
The Match Preview
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
Date: 8th to 12th July
Time: 11:00 A.M. GMT (3:30 P.M. IST) onwards
The Pitch Report
Southampton has a characteristic of assisting tweakers in later parts of the game. On Days 2 and 3, the pitch seemed the best for batting rewarding those who played close to the body and in the V. The cracks will open up a bit more on Day 5 providing the tweakers with a bit more reward for their perseverance. As the pitch becomes a bit more nefarious with several balls keeping up and down, expect reverse swing to come into play. Pacers should look to exploit this creating trouble for batsmen.
On the ultimate day of the match, i.e. 12th July, the weather is expected to be partly cloudy for the match duration. There will be a maximum temperature of 23 Degrees and a minimum of 10 Degrees Celsius. The predicted relative humidity is 43 per cent. Expect winds to blow at a maximum speed of 13 kilometres per hour from the North-West towards the South-East direction.
England’s Playing XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes (c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, James Anderson
West Indies’ Playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph