West Indies and England are set to play a historic Test Series after the Covid-19 pandemic halted all cricket activities. The three-match Test series, which was originally scheduled to take place in June, will now be played from July 8.
West Indian players have already reached England via a charter flight after their covid-1 tests came back negative. The Squad will spend the first two weeks in quarantine before they hit the practice sessions.
Playing against the Englishmen on home soil has never been an easy task. West Indies will have to pull out all the stops to defeat the World Champions.
Phil Simmons, West Indian Coach, feels they have the right combination, but batsmen must step up to the plate to make that difference.
If one takes an in-depth look at the Caribbean Squad, one sees several players for whom this series could be a breakout series.
In my opinion, two of the players who I will be focusing on and hope will create some ‘damage’ in England are as follows:
This young gun came to prominence and the attention of aficionados at the 2016 under-19 world cup. He can derail any opposition with his guile and bowling skills. He was one of the leading wicket-takers in the shortened Windies Domestic Competition this year bagging 36 wickets in eight matches at an average of 18.91.
Coach Phil Simmons thinks highly of him and argued that Holder could find his groove in England. Additionally, conditions in England lend to his style of bowling and who knows he may be the most impressive in the bowling department.
Nkruma Eljego Bonner, the 31-year-old leg-spin bowler, and right-hand batsman, from Jamaica, may be considered a late bloomer. Bonner made his first-class cricket debut for Jamaica against Combined Campuses and Colleges in February 2011.
He brings a wealth of experience to the side; he has 70 first-class games in his quiver. He made 523 runs in seven matches at an average of 58.11 in the 2020 local championship. Bonner is also a handy leg spinner with 45 wickets to his name in first-class cricket.
Over the years, West Indies has struggled to produce quality test cricketers à la Lara and Chanderpaul.
Today, players have expressed a preference for the league and short-form cricket compared to the longer format of the game.
With the resumption of Test cricket in England on July 8, players will undoubtedly be anxious to create a name for themselves.
The new rules will help the West Indian Squad, especially the debutants as they won’t be carried away with Home Crowd pressure.
Captain Jason Holder will lead the team with two uncapped Test players included in the announced 14-member Squad.
West Indies squad: Jason Holder (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase,
Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach.
Reserve players: Sunil Ambris, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shane Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.
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