Monday, 20 July 2020

Second Test

England are back to winning ways, despite losing a full day to rain.  The four days play we were treated to showed everything that is great about test cricket.  Sibley and Stokes ground out big hundreds in testing conditions to set the game up.  Stuart Broad returned and changed the game with a spell of 3/1.  Stokes smashed the ball to all parts and England's bowling unit squeezed the life out of the West Indies to finish it off.  This was an excellent test match and it's such a shame there wasn't a crowd there to appreciate it.

The next match starts in a couple of days and it's hard to guess how the selectors will go.  All of England's bowlers contributed at some point but Dom Bess isn't playing his best cricket at the moment.  Woakes and Curran are good all round cricketers but we have better bowlers.  Joss Buttler has to produce something soon.

This selector would pick;

Burns, Sibley, Crawley, Root, Stokes, Pope, Foakes, Archer, Broad, Anderson, Leach.

It's good to see the West Indies team continuing to improve but they do seem to play their best cricket against England.  I'd love to see them challenging teams around the world again and Jason Holder seems like a leader who can inspire them to do so.  However I can't see anything other than an England win next week.

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