A smiling West Indies side will look to continue their rejuvenated dominance over their visitors England when the two meet again for the second test at Antigua starting Thursday. England would have never expected this sort of a beating from their hosts considering the menace West Indies are in. Against all odds, shocking not just England, but almost every Cricket expert, West Indies have beaten and fair to say, dominated England in all aspects in the first test. The pressure is now on England, but West Indies will be very well aware that this English batting lineup won’t fall apart as it did in the first test. The West Indian bowlers will have to be a lot more consistent and patient this time around. England face problems, but none of them is regarding the options they have. They looked short on quite a few fronts but their backups look good enough to fill up those roles come Thursday. It will be a new battle, and England will definitely come hard at West Indies. Will West Indies prevail the English furore is something that is better left unsaid for now.
Injuries: They have no injuries to trouble their winning combination.
Doubt: Given the way every single player played in the first test, all of them look certain to start for West Indies in the second test.
Questionable: The only questions for West Indies will be regarding their batting order.
Expected Changes: We expect West Indies to play the same eleven that crushed England in the first test.
Injuries: On the injury front, there is nothing to report for the English side as well.
Doubt: England have dropped Adil Rashid and Keaton Jennings to bring in Stuart Broad and Joe Denly.
Questionable: Jack Leach has been named a backup for Moeen Ali.
Expected Changes: Stuart Broad and Joe Denly, as stated by Joe Root, will come in for Adil Rashid and Keaton Jennings.
John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (WK), Jason Holder (C), Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach
Joe Denly, Rory Burns, Joe Root (C), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes (WK), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam Curran
All-rounders are the best pick when it comes to Test matches. They’ll pick wickets, they’ll score runs, they’ll hit boundaries, and keep giving you points throughout the five days. Most would consider Jason Holder a better pick than Sam Curran, but regardless of what happened in the first test, we feel Curran will have the upper hand. As for the batting is concerned, Joe Root, as most would argue, is a must, but we’ve left him out as we suspect Denly and Burns to deliver more than Root in the second test. On the bowling front, we saw glimpses of Jimmy Anderson in the first Test and that makes him a sure pick. As for Gabriel is concerned, he is out of form, but he too displayed a bit of what can be expected from him.