116 Days, yes it has been 116 days since the last international cricket match was played and now the game is returning after almost 4 months. The last International cricket match was played on 13th March between Australia and New Zealand and then Corona Virus pandemic halted the world.
Time came to a still, people got locked in their homes, events got cancelled or postponed and so did Cricket for all these months. Now England and West Indies are on the verge on resuming cricket by taking on each other in a 3 Test match series which begins tomorrow. Fans can’t wait and neither can we, if our excitement is to be shown by an analogy, fans are like Nandini from the iconic Hindi movie ” Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham ” who is waiting for her son Rahul to come with indescribable eagerness.
- 1st Test : 08th July 2020 – 12th July 2020, Southampton
- 2nd Test : 16th July 2020 – 20th July 2020, Manchester
- 3rd Test : 20th July 2020 – 24th July 2020, Manchester
Where to watch in India : Sony Six/ SonyLiv app from 03:30 PM IST
England vs West Indies Statistical preview : Records on stake
- English Captain Joe Root needs 26 more runs to become England’s 9th highest run scorer in Test overtaking M Cowdrey. He also needs 197 runs to complete 1000 Test runs against West Indies. However, he will be absent in the first Test as he has to be with his wife for the birth of their baby.
- James Anderson needs 16 wickets to get to 600 Test wickets. He will be the first fast bowler to do so in Test cricket. Stuart Broad also needs only 15 wickets to reach 500 Test wickets. Together they will have staggering 1100 wickets combined if they get 31 more wickets.
- James Anderson also needs 18 more wickets to have 100 Test wickets against West Indies.
- Joe Denly is 220 runs away from his 1000 Test runs at International level.
- Chris Woakes requires only 5 wickets for his 100 Test wickets, Mark Wood needs 2 for his 50th while Ben Stokes, who will be leading the England Team for the first time is only 3 wickets away from his 150th Test wicket.
West Indies Players
- West Indies captain Jason Holder is only 102 runs shy of reaching 2000 Test runs. He will be only the third West Indian player to have 2000 Test runs and 100 Test wickets.
- Kemar Roach needs 7 wickets to get to 200 wickets in Test cricket. He will be the 9th Caribbean bowler to do so. He is also just 8 wickets shy of 50 Test wickets against England.
England vs West Indies Head to Head
Total Test matches played : 157
England won : 49
West Indies won : 57
Drawn : 51
In the last 10 matches :
England : 4 wins
West Indies : 4 wins
Drawn : 2
When the last time these two sides encountered in a Test series, it was on Caribbean soil and the series was won by West Indies 2-1. West Indies had bashed England in the first two Tests while England had come back strong to get a consolation win.
England vs West Indies WTC Points Table
England have 146 points in the World Test Championship from the 2 series they have played and they’d look to go pass New Zealand’s tally of 180 points in 3 series.
West Indies, on the other hand, have 0 point in the WTC so far and they’d be looking to open their account in this series.
England vs West Indies Dream11 Preview
England probable 11
Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Joe Denly, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes (C), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (WK), Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, James Anderson
West Indies probable 11
John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (capt), Rahkeem Cornwall, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
West Indies Squad:
Jason Holder (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach