Since the Covid-19 Pandemic outbreak, every cricketing event came to a halt. Bilateral series, Indian Premier League have been postponed due to rising Coronavirus cases across the globe. Last season, England failed to retain the Ashes on the home soil. The side also suffered defeat at the hands of New Zealand in New Zealand. Joe Root-led unit managed to turn things around by winning the Test series in South Africa.
Since February, England have not played any competitive cricket due to Covid-19 Pandemic. The three-match Test series against West Indies is slated to begin in the month of July and will be looking to start their home season on winning note.
Let’s look at the three players who might steal the show with the bat for England in this three-match Test series.
There is no doubt that England Captain Joe Root is the premier batsman for the side in Test cricket. He has consistently produced notable scores for England in the past 12 months. He will be looking to make an impression with the bat in this upcoming three-match Test series.
Since Jan 2019, Joe Root has topped the batting charts for England in the Test format. In 15 Test matches, Root has accumulated 1091 runs at an average of 38.96, which includes two centuries and seven half-centuries to his name.
All-rounder Ben Stokes been a vital cog in England’s red-ball cricket. Stokes has the knack of playing a great innings against any quality bowling lineup. No one can forget his unbeaten ton at Headingley against Australia in the Ashes series played last year.
Since Jan 2019, Ben Stokes is second on the list for leading run-scorers for England in Test cricket. In 14 Test matches, Stokes has scored 1090 runs at an average of 47.39. He has smashed three centuries and five half-centuries in this period.
The team management will be hoping that Ben Stokes can bring his A-game to the table in this three-match Test series.
The 22-year old has made quite an impact since being recalled into the Test squad last year. He played two matches in New Zealand and scored 75 runs at an average of 36.66 with one half-century to his name.
In his first tour to South Africa, Ollie Pope made quite an impression after missing the opening game at Centurion. In the second Test, Pope notched up a crucial half-century to help England gain slender lead. In the third game at Port Elizabeth, Pope smashed his maiden ton to see England gain lead in the Test series.
Given his splendid success in South Africa, he will be looking to build on that and do well with the bat in English conditions.