- In 9 Tests, England finished fourth with 146 points after playing 9 matches, with Team India on top with 360 points.
- At the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton, England have played 3 Tests so far, beat India in two, one draw from Sri Lanka.
- The match will be played from 3.30 pm Indian time, live broadcasting on Sony Six
Jul 08, 2020, 07:32 PM IST
International cricket is starting in England from Coronavirus after 116 days. The first match of the three-Test series between England and West Indies will be played from 8 July. The match will take place at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton. England have not lost any matches on this ground so far. The host has played three matches here. They beat India in two matches, while one played a draw from Sri Lanka.
England will have to win the match for their claim to the Test Championship. In the current point table, England are ranked fourth with 146 points after playing 9 matches. At the same time, Team India is on top with 360 points.
England will reach number three in Championship after sweeping series
According to the championship rules, 120 points have been set for each series. The winning team gets points according to the match of the series. For example, in the three-Test series between England and West Indies, the team that won 40 points of a match will get. If the England team makes a clean sweep in the series, it will move to number three with 266 points.
England will be ranked No.3 in the Test Championship with 186 points after winning the match
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For the first time in the 143-year history, the test will be without audience
This will be the first time in the history of 143 years, when a Test match will be played without an audience. The world’s first official Test was played from 15 March 1877. The biggest thing is that this match will be played in the empty stadium in the same country (England) that started cricket.
Head to head
Till now 157 Tests have been played between England and West Indies. Of these, England won 49 Tests, lost 57 and drew 51 matches. At the same time, the English team won 34 of 86 matches against the Windies at home and lost in 30. While there are 22 draws.
Pitch and Weather Report: Southampton will be cloudy during the match. There is a possibility of rain. Temperatures are likely to be between 14 and 20 degrees Celsius. Having an extra bounce pitch will initially benefit the fast bowlers. The batsmen can get help when the weather is clear. The team that wins the toss will like to bat first. There have been 3 Tests on this ground so far. The team batting first twice won, while one match has been a draw.
Windies need to show good game on day one: Lara
Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara said that the West Indies team has not won a series in England since 1988. So, if the team wins the series this time, it will be a big achievement for them. He said, “This series will be watched worldwide. A tough fight is expected between the two teams. If the West Indies team performs well on the first day of the series, it will be very important for them.
Stokes will captain Root in the first match
England Test cricket team captain Joe Root will not play in the first match. He will be replaced by Ben Stokes. Root is about to become a father, so he has withdrawn himself from the first Test.
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Shane Dowrich (wicket-keeper), Jermaine Blackwood, Knuckarmah Bonner, Craig Brathwaite, Shamer Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahiken Cornwall, Kemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Ramon Reifer and Kemar Roach.
England: Ben Stokes (captain), Mark Wood, James Anderson, Jose Butler, Joffra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jack Crowell, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes and Joe Root.