A Stern Test (or Three) for the Windies

May 3, 2012 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

The West Indies are currently in the UK preparing for the three-match Test Series against England, and few would argue that they need to improve dramatically, if they are to gain a first Test victory on English soil since 2000, the year that they triumphed at Edgbaston, in what was the first of five matches.

Unfortunately, it has been downhill ever since, as they proceeded to lose that series heavily, with England gaining three victories; it has been more of the same in five subsequent Test series, with England dominating in 2009, with comprehensive wins at both Lord’s and the Riverside.

Lord’s is again the venue for the first match on 17th May, and, up to now, England appear in good shape, with the only minor scare being a bruised thumb picked up by pace bowler, Jimmy Anderson, during Lancashire’s County Championship Division One match with Nottinghamshire at Old Trafford.

Other than that, the rest of the England Squad are fine, including Stuart Broad, who was also on duty for the first time since returning from Sri Lanka with a calf injury. As for the West Indies, they will gain some confidence from the news that batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has picked up enough points to go back to the top of the world rankings.

That is good news indeed, in the (likely) absence of Chris Gayle for some of the summer visit. The trip includes three ODI’s and a 20-20 match, after the Test series ends. Captain and all-rounder, Darren Sammy, has the task of galvanising the rest of the troops who line up on the back of a recent 2-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, which means they are now ranked as low as seventh in the ICC table.

Just two victories in three years is all they have achieved, and, although we may see the odd flash of brilliance here and there, one gets the feeling that England will not really need to move out of second gear to pile more misery on the Windies. The former side are currently a favourite cricket bet with online gamblers.

Dates for the three-match series: Lords 17th May, Trent Bridge 25th May, Edgebaston June 7th.


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