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Cricket news - England out to settle a score in Barbados
"London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down. London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady."
This was the song that roared through West Indian Fans the last time these two teams met in Barbados in 2015. Your team was the roll-out of a three-day victory over England, and they were happy to let the Barmy army know it. As a victory of the locals flocked to the ground approached, so more.
Four years is a long time in cricket, however. England has seven players from the team that was humiliated, and the game in their current squad - West Indies five - but they are quite different, in a better outfit equipped than the one that surrendered so meekly four years ago.
At that time you were not still recovering from a chastening ashes series last winter, which had led to redundancies and blame. She had also just endured a chaotic world Cup campaign. Free of coherence and consistency, England are a mess, and head coach Peter Moores was sacked, shortly after she arrived home. Now the scene is much brighter.
Joe Root's team have won eight of their last nine tests, beating India at home and whitewashing Sri Lanka. To examine a number of new players, such as Sam Curran and Ben Foakes have, immediately, cricket, whereas an excess of all-rounder gives you plenty of options and a long batting order to the Curran could see that three half-centuries from 12 Test innings, at number nine.
There is still to prove a lot, especially away from home, and England remains a work in progress. But there is a real optimism to the page after the last nine months. Given their recent form, they start as clear favorites for this series, and if Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings can nail their spots at the top of the order - the only important positions, with questions remaining - they will be in fine obesity, diabetes, ahead of the ashes series at home this summer
Not that you can afford to take their eye of the ball. West Indies are perhaps the eighth place in the world (England's third), but your team has to attack a lot of talent and a proven, experienced bowling. Captain Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel have taken more than 100 Test wickets between them in the last two years, at an average of 23 and is likely to pose many problems for the England batsman.
The home page of the eyelash has the raw materials, but it is the consistency of the bowling is missing. Kraigg Brathwaite, the return of Darren Bravo and Shai hope need a good series to compete if you. And Shimron Hetmeyer, who has an accomplished 93 against Bangladesh in November, is another with rich potential. But to improve if West Indies, the potential of the batsman must be scoring in heavy construction-that could be a difficult question, James Anderson, the move with a Dukes ball, is expected to.
The kerfuffle over the appointment of Richard Pybus as the head coach for this series, not the home, have helped page is in preparation, however. As so often in the soap opera, the West Indies cricket, it is an off-field distractions the players could do without, in particular, opener John Campbell, who is set for his Test debut. A first-class average of 30 suggests he can, it is hard enough anyway, and two runs in two innings against England in their first warm-up game has not done much for his confidence.
Of the 15 Tests played between the two teams at the Kensington Oval, almost half, ended in a draw with West Indies win five games, and England only three. It is likely to be a positive result in this game, though, since neither is a team like the drawing a lot. In the past two years, England and the West Indies only two Tests, each consisting of 24 and 19 games, respectively, have drawn.
When: Wednesday, 23. January 2019. 10 PM Local Time
Where: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.
What to expect: Two days before the game, the Barbados pitch had a mottled appearance with dark and light areas on the surface. It remains to be seen whether two more days of sun baking his appearance change, but it is a slower and lower as the pace and the bounce that was expected. The prognosis is more or less set, to be fair, however, the showers in the last three days.
West Indies have debutant John Campbell at the top of the order with Kraigg Brathwaite, while the other non-capped batsman in the squad, Shamarh Brooks is likely to miss West Indies rely on their established middle order players. On the bowling front, the choice is between fast-bowler Alzarri Joseph-or left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican for the last place in the eleven. Warrican, it is preferred to play.
Possible XI: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, and Shimron Hetmeyer, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel.
The visitors must decide whether to pick two spinners and two seamers or go with Moeen Ali as the lone slow bowler. If you go in the direction of the two rotary fields , the choice is between the accuracy of Jack Leach, or the great turning point by Adil Rashid in addition to Moeen, and then, if Sam Curran or Stuart Broad the second seamer birth behind James Anderson.
Possible XI: Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
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