High-flying England will be eyeing another top performance as they will face struggling West Indies in the first of three-Test series starting from Thursday at Edgbaston.The match will be a historical one in the country’s cricket history, as it will be the first ever day-night Test to be played on English soil.
England are coming on the back of impressive 3-1 series win against South Africa, where apart from the second Test defeat, hosts remained steps ahead of the Proteas team, who faced their first defeat in the Test series in England in nearly two decades.
Captain Joe Root, who started his career as the leader in the five-day format in the series against South Africa, will be once again hoping for another power show as his team gears up for the Ashes test in the coming months.
The team will be banking on the experience duo former captain Alastair Cook and Root to share most of the burden in batting. Left-hander David Malan is set to have another go in the format after dismal beginning to his career in whites.
In the bowling department, the hosts will feel safe in the presence of veteran duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad and there are no major changes expected in the final eleven to the one which defeated South Africa few weeks back.
For West Indies, things are looking as shaky as they could’ve been. The team is coming on the back of series of disappointing performances against Pakistan, Afghanistan and India on their home soil, and the conditions are bound to make things tougher for the visitors.
The team will be heavily relying on Roston Chase to continue his brilliant form with the bat, whereas pacer Shannon Gabriel and veteran Kemar Roach, who is making a comeback to the national team after a long time, will share the burden to lead the pace attack.
The pitch is expected to provide a lot of assistance to the pacers, whereas the weather is expected to remain clear throughout the match duration.