England v West Indies, Third Test - Statistical Preview

07 September, 2017, 01:50 | Author: Douglas Reid
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After the fourth day of a match of fluctuating fortunes, ex-England captain Nasser Hussain, a former Essex team-mate of West Indies coach Stuart Law, said the tourists were flagging because the physical demands of a Test match were greater than that of Twenty20 cricket.

The first Test will take place from May 24-28, 2018 at Lord's, and the second from June 1-5 at Emerald Headingley.

England have been fortunate with the toss as they won it on seven occasions in the last nine games, including the two games in the ongoing series.

"There's a lot of cricket to come in the rest of this year and before next year's IPL starts", Root told BBC Sport.

They lost that Test and the next in Antigua for the West Indies to win the series 2-1.

The three-Test series is in the balance ahead of the Lord's fixture, which begins on Thursday, after West Indies fought back from an innings defeat to win by five wickets at Headingley thanks to a stunning day-five batting performance from centurion Shai Hope.

There are more vexed issues - and three times, while pondering those concerning Westley, Roland-Jones and Woakes, Root prefaced his answer with the phrase: "It is a hard one". "It is very important for the guys coming through and it is important it is someone who can prepare them for playing Test cricket".

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"Everyone said England had no chance", Lara said.

"Tom deserves the opportunity to play this week, and we hope he will go out and score a bag load of runs".

Holding, alongwith Courtney Walsh, Curtley Ambrose and Malcolm Marshall was part of what is regarded as one of the most of the blistering bowling attacks in the history of the game.

"People make assumptions all the time", said Law at Lord's on Tuesday. So you just look at different things that happened in different ways. "I saw it from around where the [limited-overs] 30-yard circle would be and was wondering what it was and if it would have any effect", he said.

With James Anderson, the leader of England's attack, just three wickets away from reaching 500 in Tests, there are other sub-plots that will play out at Lord's over the next five days or so.

As for India, it will complete its Asia Cup assignment in June before heading to England for the long series.

"Obviously you go into every game trying to win and that sounds pretty obvious, but you want good results behind you going into a big series like that", he said.

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