England vs West Indies Test Series
Cricket has been given the green light to restart and the first international match after the COVID19 outbreak is England taking on West Indies in a three-match test series in the United Kingdom.
Current holders of The Wisden Trophy are West Indies who won the last series by two tests to one as they dominated the opening match in the 2019 meeting between the two sides winning by 381 runs and then following up with a ten-wicket victory. England salvaged some pride with a final test victory, but West Indies were the convincing winners. Key players for them included Jason Holder who scored 202 not out in the second innings of the first test and Kemar Roach who delivered superb bowling performance in the second test.
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This current series won’t feature England captain Joe Root in the first test match for family reasons so Ben Stokes will captain England in a test match for the first time. Man of the moment Stokes is destined to be a permanent captain one day, so this is a good test for him.
England have put out a young battling line up with Burns, Sibley and Denly at the top of the order so they will have to perform well to retain their places for future Ashes Series. Bowling wise Jimmy Anderson is the man to lead the attack with Archer and Wood to support.
For West Indies, they have a mixture of experience and youth in their set up with Roach and Gabriel taking the bowling attack to England with Joseph to support them. Their batting line-up includes Braithwaite and Brooks with Shai Hope looking to show his true potential by scoring the runs to give the traveling side victory.
Without no fans, Cricket will be very different to before as the ‘Barmy Army’ would have brought a lot of noise to the match with their nonstop chanting and drum playing to encourage England to victory. It promises to be an intriguing series given the current climate, however, it’s great we have cricket back.
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England v Pakistan Test Series
After England complete the three-match test series against West Indies, they will face Pakistan, also in a three-match test series in August. This will likely to be as competitive as the one versus West Indies where the visitors will look to cause an upset with their young talent looking to shine.
With no fans in the stadium, it will be different to usual test matches in the summer months of the UK, however, the cricket will be competitive and broadcast TV will show the game worldwide.
Still, no decision has been taken on the Indian Premier League (IPL) to take place this year, although with Cricket now restarting they will look to push on with plans to stage the tournament in the autumn months in India or even take the tournament overseas. It does also depend on other events in the calendar as the top players will have to prioritize certain events and if this clashes it remains to be seen how this will work.
Caribbean Premier League T20
The Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament has now finalized the draft and the tournament is set to start in early August. Alex Hales has been confirmed for the Barbados Tridents again and will be looking to defend the title and win back to and back tournaments. With the superb surroundings of the Caribbean, it’s a great time of year to play Cricket.
Other notable inclusions are Rashid Khan from Afganistan and Marcus Stoinis from Australia, who will join Hales playing for Tridents and give them a very good squad this year. Local superstar Dwayne Bravo will lead the Trinbago Knight Riders and with Darren Bravo also in the team, they will provide a big challenge for the title.