ENGLAND TOUR OF WINDIES, 2019
Cricbuzz Staff •
Can England’s batting unit finally fire? © Getty
Not many gave Windies a sniff when this tour began. England were on a high after demolishing Sri Lanka late last year in their own backyard and Windies haven’t been on a great run anyway. The hosts did put up some pretty good performances in home soil last year against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh but they were still expected to be swatted aside by the visitors. Two Tests later, the series is already decided with the Windies leading 2-0. Not only did the Windies manage to win, they managed to absolutely decimate England winning inside three days. The first one was won by 381 runs and the second was a 10-wicket win.
The visitors have been demoralised by the margin of the losses. They have issues at the top to address and with an Ashes series looming in six months, they would certainly want to put those two losses behind and pull one back. Keaton Jennings has been called back after getting dropped just for the previous Test. How much has he improved in this period? Ben Foakes will feel unlucky to have fetched the axe.
For the home side, skipper Jason Holder will miss out. He has been suspended for this game as a result of a slow over-rate offence from the previous game that ended in three days. Yes, you read that right. Keemo Paul has been drafted into the squad. It will be interesting to see who replaces Holder. The pitch is expected to be batting friendly so England will definitely be relieved with that. Can the Windies complete a historic ‘blackwash’? Or will England make it 1-2? Welcome to the live blog for the opening day’s play of this third and final Test match.