After a promising start to international cricket since the inception of Covid-19, England and West Indies lock horns again in a Test series that promises to be more competitive with each passing match day. The mighty English outfit led by Ben Stokes received a thrashing from Jason Holder's West Indies. The former will look to salvage some pride by winning the second Test match in a bid to keep the series alive and garner valuable World Test Championship points.
When the going gets tougher, the tougher get going. This proverb will hold for the West Indies who are looking to win a Test series in England for the first time since 1988 when Richardson's troops whitewashed England by a 4-zip margin. On the other hand, England will look to bolster their playing XI by the return of Joe Root and possibly Stuart Broad too. This will give them a better chance at salvaging some pride and clinching the match. How will the match pan out on Day 2? Read more below.
The Match Preview
Venue: The Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Date: 16th to 20th July
Time: 11:00 A.M. GMT (3:30 P.M. IST) onwards
The Pitch Report
The pitch will be the best for batting on Days 2 and 3. It will bake under a considerable amount of sunshine, thus making stroke play easier for batsmen. However, the pitch might play a few tricks as a uniform covering of grass is expected and it won't vanish by Day 2. Batsmen who are willing to grind it out waiting for a loose delivery to pounce on will thrive. Bowlers need to pitch it up for the ball to seam and swing prodigiously.
On Day 2 of the Test match, i.e. 17th of July, the weather is predicted to be cloudy for the match duration. Expect a minimum temperature of 14 Degrees and a maximum of 21 Degrees Celsius. The relative humidity for 17th July is predicted to be 89 per cent. There will be strong winds blowing from the North-West to the South-East direction at a maximum speed of 16 kilometres per hour. Expect these winds to assist pacers from one end of the ground.
Predicted Match XIs
Expect England to make 2 changes to their Playing XI in Southampton. One is an automatic change, that is the return of Joe Root in place of Joe Denly. The other change will be Stuart Broad’s return to the side in place of Mark Wood. Wood’s pace did not offer much in Southampton and with more swing and seam-friendly conditions expected in Manchester, Broad’s return is a must.
England’s Predicted Playing XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root (c), Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, James Anderson
West Indies need not tinker with their batting or bowling lineups after a comprehensive victory in Southampton. Do not expect any changes to their playing XI until there is a last-minute injury or sickness.
West Indies’ Predicted Playing XI: West Indies’ Predicted 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
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