Literally I was counting down the days to this tour, it’s here finally, getting to see my West Indies team in action.
Finally, it’s time to see my beloved West Indies play some test cricket. For this tour there will be three test matches, one T20I and five ODIs. Lookout for the schedule at the end. The test matches will be day/night fixtures and there will be use of the pink ball.
Recently, England played a test series against South Africa and won 3-1. Coming into this series against the West Indies with victory on their mind. This England team is one of the best in this format of the game, should be an interesting series.
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West Indies Warm Up Matches
West Indies played three warm-up matches against Essex, Kent and Deryshire to help with preparation for the test series against England. In those three matches they performed exceptionally well both with bat and ball.
Playing their first warm-up match against Essex in their first innings they score 338/8d with Kraigg Braithwaithe (61), Roston Chase (81),also scored 50 in the 2nd innings, Jermaine Blackwood (59) and Shane Dowrich (44) all doing the job with the bat. Returning to test cricket for the Windies was Kemar Roach who claimed 5-43 (18 overs) in Essex’s first innings reply to the Windies.
The third warm-up match was definitely the best for me, West Indies took on Derbyshire for this match. Three hundreds were scored by the Windies batsmen in the first innings, Roston Chase – 110, Shai Hope – 107, Kyle Hope – 105, also got to give major credit to Kieran Powell who scored 92 just 8 runs short of a hundred.Captain Jason Holder lead his team in the bowling department claiming 3-48 (13), other bowlers used, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase all claimed 2 wickets each and Alzarri Joseph got 1 wicket.
Powell did get to his hundred in the 2nd innings, although he had to retire hurt soon after. Once again Roston Chase was in the scoring for the 2nd innings getting 60 and Kemar Roach getting 40.
I’m hoping that the West Indies team could keep this momentum going for the upcoming series and win the series, I believe they can. Just remain focused and disciplined.
- 1st Test: 17th August – 21st August at Edgbaston
- 2nd Test: 25th August – 29th August at Headingley
- 3rd Test: 7th September – 11th September at Lord’s
- Only T20I – 16th September at Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street
Royal London One-Day Series
- 1st ODI – 19th September at Emriates Old Trafford
- 2nd ODI – 21st September at Trent Bridge
- 3rd ODI – 24th September at Bristol County
- 4th ODI – 27th September at The Kia Oval
- 5th ODI – 29th September at Allan Border Field
West Indies – Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Braithwaite (vice-captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shine in Hetmyer, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Raymond Reifer, Kemar Roach.
England – Joe Root (Captain),Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Dawid Malan, Tony Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Mark Stomeman, Rom Westley, Chris Woakes.
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