The opening test match of England’s tour of West Indies 2015 is scheduled to play from 13 to 17 April at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. This is going to be first international cricket match after 2015 world cup and both teams had bad world cup, especially for England. England was knocked out early from the competition whereas Caribbean team failed to make it through semi-finals. So it will be a vital series for both nations.
It is going to be an interesting first test to watch out for Alistair Cook as he was sacked from England’s ODI squad just ahead of 2015 world cup team declaration. So English Captain will be desperate to make runs in this test series beginning from tomorrow. In the first tour game, Cook scored century which will be beneficial for him in Antigua’s test match.
Ian Bell, Jos Buttler and Gary Ballance didn’t have great time at Australia and all these three guys will be key players for England team in the series. Joe Root is going to be vital middle order player in Caribbean conditions. In previous test series against India, Root played some good innings that showed his character that he is capable of handling pressure and play against good bowling attacks.
England Cricket Team will be highly relying on James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes. In announced West Indies 14-man squad, there is no Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine who were core player of national side once. Denesh Ramdin is appointed Caribbean team captain and will be leading West Indies in the first test match against England starting tomorrow.
West Indies batting will be hugely depending on veteran middle order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, experienced Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite. Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and Sulieman Benn are the key bowlers for West Indies in the first test of series. Let’s have a look at the probable playing line-ups for WI vs ENG match tomorrow.
Expected Playing 11s
|Denesh Ramdin (Captain)||Alistair Cook (Captain)|
|Devon Smith||Adam Lyth|
|Kraigg Brathwaite||Gary Ballance|
|Marlon Samuels||Jos Buttler|
|Shivnarine Chanderpaul||Ian Bell|
|Jermaine Blackwood||Joe Root|
|Darren Bravo||Ben Stokes|
|Jason Holder||Chris Jordan|
|Kemar Roach||James Anderson|
|Sulieman Benn||Stuart Broad|
|Jerome Taylor||James Tredwell|