England vs West Indies 1st Test: As it happened till Day 3 at Ageas Bowl

West Indies captain Jason Holder took a career-best 6-42 as England was bowled out for 204 on the second day of the first test at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday.Photo: @ICC

Half-centuries by Kragg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich set up the West Indies' first-innings lead of 114 against England on day three of the first Test at the empty Rose Bowl on Friday.

The West Indies, resuming the day on 57-1, was all out for 318 less than an hour before stumps on the first full day of the rain-affected test. In the middle session it surpassed England's first total of 204.

At the end of the day, England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley somehow survived 10 overs of zippy bowling that relentlessly attacked the off stump. They made 10 and 5 respectively to have England 15 without loss and their deficit down to 99.

Day 2: Holder takes 6-42 as West Indies dismiss England for 204

West Indies captain Jason Holder took a career-best 6-42 as England was bowled out for 204 on the second overcast day of the first test at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday.

Shannon Gabriel nabbed the first three wickets, Holder the next six including England counterpart Ben Stokes for a team-best 43, and Gabriel grabbed the last wicket to finish with 4-62.

England, at 174-9, didn't look like reaching 200 but Dom Bess hit 31 not out and shared 30 with fast bowler James Anderson, the last man out.

An early tea was taken with England set to repay the West Indies' batting lineup in ideal bowling conditions.

Gabriel and Holder reduced England to 106-5 at lunch.

But the break enlivened Stokes and Jos Buttler, who came out punchy and riding some luck.

Stokes, dropped on 14 by Kemar Roach on the run, was dropped again on 32 off Roach to a simpler chance by Shamarh Brooks at extra cover.

Stokes and Buttler combined for 67 and 13 boundaries in the empty arena until Holder drew Stokes forward on 43 and earned an edge behind.

Buttler, on 35, was out to another seaming ball by Holder and a low, one-handed catch behind by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

When Jofra Archer was out for a duck after a West Indies review showed his front pad blocked his leg stump, Holder had his fifth wicket and taken 3-1 in 14 balls.

The five-wicket haul was Holder's seventh, and sixth in his last 10 tests. Mark Wood on 5 slashed at Holder straight to Shai Hope at gully, and Holder would finish the innings with career-best figures of 20-6-42-6.

Bess and Anderson gave England a little lift to get past 200, but Anderson lost his off stump trying to defend Gabriel, who removed opener Rory Burns (30) and Joe Denly (18) in the morning.

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Over 10; STUMPS on DAY 3

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 2 1   ; England 15-0

Jason Holder continues...

Burns nudges towards backward square leg for a single. Sibley tucks the 5th towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs and a single off last delivery. It is STUMPS on Day 3.

Over 9

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0   ; England 11-0

Roach bowls yet another maiden over. 

Over 8

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0   ; England 11-0

Jason Holder, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack and Burns blocks, blocks and blocks to end the over. 

Over 7

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0   ; England 11-0

Roach bowls a maiden over

Over 6

Over Summary:  4 0 0 0 0 0   ; England 11-0

Gabriel continues...

Burns plays an on drive for FOUR off the first delivery while blocks the rest. 

Over 5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0   ; England 7-0

Roach continues...

Sibley blocks the first while gets an outside edge off the second ball, falls short of slip cordon. 

Over 4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 1   ; England 7-0

Gabriel continues and displays the art of swing bowling. Sibley only manages to collect a single off the last delivery. 

Over 3

Over Summary:  0 0 1 0 0 0   ; England 6-0

Roach continues and bowls superb inswinger before Sibley gets off a pair. 

Over 2

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0   ; England 5-0

Shannon Gabriel, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack and bowls a maiden over.
 

Over 1

Over Summary:  0 4 0 1 0 0   ; England 5-0

Rory Burns and Sibley are at the crease. Rory Burns is on strike. Roach will open the attack.

Burns gets an outside edge through gully region for FOUR follows by a single.

West Indies leads by 114 runs

England has 14 overs to bat today

Over 102, West Indies bowled out for 318

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 1 W  ; West Indies: 318-10

Mark Wood continues and Roach collects  single off the fifth delivery, Wood cleans up Gabriel to end the West Indies innings. 

Over 101, Eng vs WI live score: 317-9

Over Summary:  4 W 0 4 0 0  ; West Indies: 317-9

Stokes continues and Dowrich smashes the first ball for FOUR. A short delivery, Dowrich gets an under edge to keeper, GONE.

Shannon Gabriel, right handed bat, comes to the crease and he smashes the 4th delivery over mid-on for FOUR. Two bumpers to end the over. 

Over 100

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 3  ; West Indies: 309-8

Mark Wood continues and concedes three runs

Over 99, Eng vs WI live score: 306-8

Over Summary:  4 2 4 W 0 0 ; West Indies: 306-8

Stokes continues

Joseph gets an leading edge through second slip for FOUR while tucks the next delivery towards point region for a couple of runs. Joseph, this time, hits over slip cordon for FOUR. Ben Stokes makes a brilliant comeback as he cleans up Joseph with an inswinger.  Alzarri Joseph b Stokes 18(12) [4s-3]

Kemar Roach, right handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks the next two deliveries. 

Over 98, Eng vs WI live score: 296-7

Over Summary:  0 2 1 1 0 1 ; West Indies: 296-7

Mark Wood starts the over with a bumper and Joseph ducks under it. Joseph plays a wild hoick off the second gets a top edge towards deep point for a couple of runs, Three singles off the next four balls to end the over. 

Over 97, Eng vs WI live score: 291-7

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 291-7

Ben Stokes bowls a maiden over

Over 96, Eng vs WI live score: 291-7

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 0 4 ; West Indies: 291-7

Mark Wood cntinues and Dowrich collects a single off the 4th delivery. Joseph whacks the last ball straight down the ground for FOUR. 

Over 95, Eng vs WI live score: 286-7; STokes takes revenge

Over Summary:  W 0 0 0 1 4L ; West Indies: 286-7

Stokes starts the over with a bumper, Holder hoicks the ball for a biggie but manages only a top-edge, Jofra doesn't make any mistake at deep fine leg and completes the catch easily. 

Alzarri Joseph, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Stokes bowls series of short deliveries to Dowrich before the WI batsman nudges one down towards backward square leg for a single. Four leg byes to end the over. 

Over 94, Eng vs WI live score: 281-6

Over Summary:  3 1 0 0 0 1 ; West Indies: 281-6

Mark Wood continues and concedes five runs. 

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Over 93, Eng vs WI live score: 276-6: Dowrich hits fifty

Over Summary:  1 1 0 0 2 2 ; West Indies: 276-6

Ben Stokes [9.0-4-24-1] is back into the attack and Dowrich hits the 5th and 6th balls towards mid-wicket for a two doubles. With this Dowrich completes his fifty. 
 
 

Over 92, Eng vs WI live score: 270-6

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 1 0 ; West Indies: 270-6

Mark Wood [16.0-2-54-0] is back into the attack and concedes only one run.

Over 91, Eng vs WI live score: 269-6

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 269-6

Anderson bowls a MAIDEN over. 

 

Over 90, Eng vs WI live score: 269-6

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 2 0 ; West Indies: 269-6

Jofra Archer continues and Dowrich collects a couple of runs off the 5th delivery. 
 

Over 89, Eng vs WI live score: 267-6

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 W ; West Indies: 267-6

Anderson at last gets his man as he traps Roston Chase in front of wicket after taking REVIEW
 

Over 88, Eng vs WI live score: 267-5

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 267-5

Jofra Archer continues and concedes only a single

Over 87, Eng vs WI live score: 265-5

Over Summary:  0 0 4 1 1 0 ; West Indies: 266-5

Anderson continues and concedes six runs

Over 86, Eng vs WI live score: 260-5

Over Summary:  0 1 0 0 1 0 ; West Indies: 260-5

Jofra Archer continues and concedes two runs

Over 85, Eng vs WI live score: 258-5

Over Summary:  0 4 0 0 0 2 ; West Indies: 258-5

Anderson contiues and Dowrich plays an extravagent extra cover drive for FOUR, lead is now over fifty. Dowrich smashes the last ball towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

 

Over 84, Eng vs WI live score: 252-5

Over Summary:  4 4 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 252-5

Jofra bowls two half vollies down the leg side and Chase dispatches the both deliveries for FOURs. 

Archer corrects his line with two bumpers and a full delivery. 

Over 83, Eng vs WI live score: 244-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 1 ; West Indies: 244-5

Anderson displays brilliant skill of swing bowling in the over before Chase collects a single off the last. 

Over 82, Eng vs WI live score: 243-5

Over Summary:  0 1 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 243-5

Jofra Archer to share the new cherry with Anderson and bowls inswinging full toss to chase, a single taken. While Dowrich blocks, defends and blocks, 



 

Over 81, Eng vs WI live score: 242-5

Over Summary:  4 3 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 242-5

Anderson takes the new ball and bowls a half volley, Chase plays a gentle push towards mid-on region and ball races down to boundary line for FOUR.

Chase works the 2nd ball towards deep square leg for three runs.

Dowrich struggles against the new ball swing before blocking the last ball with solid technique. 

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 3 live updates: Post-tea session begins

England take the new ball straight away.

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 3 live updates: At Tea

In the post-lunch session on Day 3 of 1st Test, West Indies has scored 76 runs by the loss of two wickets as it take lead at The Ageas Bowl Southampton today. Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich were at crease. The new ball will be due in the next session and hopefully England will take it straight away. West Indies was 235-5 at tea.

Over 80, Eng vs WI live score: 235-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 235-5

Bess continues and bowls a MAIDEN over. THAT's tea
 

Over 79, Eng vs WI live score: 235-5

Over Summary:  0 0 2 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 235-5

Mark Wood continues and Chase works 3rd ball towards deep point for a couple of runs.  

Over 78, Eng vs WI live score: 233-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 0 0 ; West Indies: 233-5

Bess continues and concedes only a single

Over 77, Eng vs WI live score: 232-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 4 0 0 ; West Indies: 232-5

Mark Wood continues and Dowrich cuts the third delivery, which is short and wide, towards deep point boundary for FOUR. 

Over 76, Eng vs WI live score: 228-5

Over Summary:  0 0 1 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 228-5

Bess continues and Dowrich smashes the third delivery straight, bowler gets a hand to it but not able to hold the ball, one run taken. 

Over 75, Eng vs WI live score: 227-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 227-5

Mark Wood continues and tests Chase with some inswingers and short pitch bowling. 

Over 74, Eng vs WI live score: 227-5

Over Summary:  1 0 0 1 0 0 ; West Indies: 227-5

Bess continues and concedes two runs. 

Over 73, Eng vs WI live score: 225-5

Over Summary:  2 4L 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 225-5

Mark Wood continue and Chase collects a single off the first ball while West Indies gets four runs as leg byes off the 2nd.

Wood bowls two inswinger and Chase somehow manages to bring the bat down at an opportune moment. 

Over 72, Eng vs WI live score: 219-5

Over Summary:  0 0 3 0 0 4 ; West Indies: 219-5

Dominic Bess [14.0-4-40-2] is back into the attack

Chase cuts the third delivery towards third man for three runs. Dowrich smashes the wide and full delivery outside off through short extra cover for FOUR.  

Over 71, Eng vs WI live score: 212-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 2 0 0 ; West Indies: 212-5


Mark Wood [11.0-1-44-0] is back into the attack and Dowrich collects a couple of runs off the 4th ball.

Over 70, Eng vs WI live score: 210-5

Over Summary:  4 0 1 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 210-5

Archer continues and Dowrich smashes the first ball for FOUR. 

Over 69, Eng vs WI live score: 205-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 205-5

Stokes bowls with great line and length to Chase. 

Over 68, Eng vs WI live score: 205-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 0 0 ; West Indies: 205-5

Jofra continues and Chase collects a single off the 4th delivery. 

Over 67; Eng vs WI live score: 204-5

Over Summary:  0 1 0 0 0 1 ; West Indies: 204-5

Stokes continues and Dowrich pulls the second ball towards deep square leg for a single. While Roston Chase blocks the three deliveries before collecting a single off the last. 

Over 66; Eng vs WI Live score: 202-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 4L 0 ; West Indies: 202-5

Archer continues and West Indies is trailing by just two runs thanks to 4 leg byes. 

 

Over 65, Eng vs WI Live score: 198-5

Over Summary:  0 0 2 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 196-5

Ben Stokes [6.0-3-20-1] is back into the attack and tests Dowrich with bumpers before nudging the 3rd ball towards backward square leg for a couple of runs.

Over 64, Eng vs WI live score: 196-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 196-5

Jofra Archer bowls a MAIDEN Over

Over 63, Eng vs WI live score: 196-5

Over Summary:  2 0 4 0 4 0 ; West Indies: 196-5

Bess continues

Dowrich pulls the short delivery towards deep square leg for a couple of runs whlie smahes the 3rd and 5th ball for FOURs. 

Over 62, Eng vs WI live score: 186-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 1 W ; West Indies: 186-5

Jofra Archer [12.0-0-41-0] is back into the attack and bowls a maiden over. 

Over 61, Eng vs WI live score: 186-5

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 1 W ; West Indies: 186-5

Bess continues, Roston Chase collects a single off the fifth delivery before blocking first four. Blackwood tries to send Bess out of park, caught by Anderson. Blackwood c Anderson b Dom Bess 12(22) [4s-2]

Over 60, Eng vs WI live score: 185-4

Over Summary:  MAIDEN ; West Indies: 180-4

Anderson continues and Blackwood blocks, defends and leaves.

Over 59; Blackwood on fire

Over Summary:  0 4 2 0 1 0 ; West Indies: 180-4

Bess continues and Blackwood smashes the first ball for FOUR collects a single off the last ball. 

Over 58

Over Summary:  0 4 2 0 1 0 ; West Indies: 180-4

Anderson continues and Blackwood plays a french cut for FOUR follows by a chip shot over extra cover for a couple of runs.

Over 57

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 173-4

Bess bowls a MAIDEN over

Over 56; Anderson removes Brooks

Over Summary:  0 W 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 173-3

Anderson continues and Brooks knicks the second ball to the keeper, takes review, DON'T KNOW WHY, as snicko shows a line. 

Over 55

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 1 0 ; West Indies: 173-3

Bess continues and collects two runs. 

Over 54

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 171-3

Anderson bowls a MAIDEN over. 

Over 53

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 171-3

Bess bowls a maiden over

Over 52

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 4 0 ; West Indies: 171-3

Anderson starts the over with outswinger while Brooks the chips the fifth ball over mid-wicket for FOUR. 

Over 51

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 167-3

Bess continues and bowls a MAIDEN over

Over 50

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 4 ; West Indies: 167-3

Anderson continues and Brooks defends five ball before smashing the ball for FOPUR

Over 49

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 2 ; West Indies: 161-3

Dominic Bess [6.0-1-20-1] is back into the attack and  concedes two runs only

Over 48

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 2 ; West Indies: 161-3

James Anderson starts the post lunch session and concedes two runs

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 3 live updates: Slight overcast conditions in post lunch session

Post lunch session starts with a slightly overcast conditions

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 3 live updates: At Lunch break

The West Indies' overnight batsmen Kragg Brathwaite and Shai Hope did manage to play out the first hour of Day 3 before spinner Dominic Bess provided his team second breakthrough of the match at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton today. Bess get rid of Shai Hope (16 off 64 balls) in 35th over of the innings as Ben Stokes a simply catch at the first slip. Brathwaite did look solid in his 65 runs innings before England skipper Stokes trapped him infront of wickets. Shamarh Brooks has started his innings with some power hitting but restrainted himself for doing so after the wicket of Brathwaite. At Lunch, Brooks and Roston Chase were at crease with 159 runs on the scoreboard. 


Over 47; LUNCH

Over Summary:  0 4 0 4 0 0 ; West Indies: 159-3

Mark Wood continues...

Roston Chase gets an inside edge off the second ball and it goes for FOUR while drives the 4th delivery to cover boundary for FOUR. And its LUNCH at The Ageas Bowl. 

Over 46

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 2 ; West Indies: 151-3

Ben Stokes continues and Brooks the first five balls while hits the last ball from inside half of the bat towards backward square leg for a couple of runs.


Over 45

Over Summary:  1 0 1L 0 0 4 ; West Indies: 149-3


Mark Wood continues and Chase drives the last one, slightly full delivery, towards cover boundary for FOUR. 

Over 44

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 143-3

Ben Stokes bowls a maiden over to Brooks

Over 43

Over Summary:  3 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 143-3

Mark Wood continues...

Brooks collects three runs off the first ball while Roston Chase, who just came to the crease, blocks the remaining 5 deliveries. 

Over 42; Stokes ends Brathwaite's 65-run innings

Over Summary:  4 0 4 0 4 W ; West Indies: 140-3

Stokes continues...

Brathwaite glances towards fine leg boundary for FOUR. A half volley and Brathwaite plays a handsome looking cover drive for FOUR off the 3rd ball. 

Brathwaite scoring quickly now as he glances the 5th ball to fine leg boundary again for FOUR before Stokes traps him in front of wicket. Brathwaite takes a review, line and wicket hitting is umpire's call. The superb innings of Brathwaite comes to an end. Kraigg Brathwaite lbw b Stokes 65(125) [4s-6].
 

Over 41

Over Summary:  1 0 3 1 0 0 ; West Indies: 128-2

Mark Wood [7.0-1-23-0] is back into the attack and concedes five runs as Brooks looks agressive. 

Over 40; Stokes starts with a maiden over

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 123-2

Ben Stokes [2.0-1-6-0] is back into the attack and starts with a MAIDEN over.

 

Over 39; Brooks scoring at good pace

Over Summary:  4 4 1 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 123-2

Dominic Bess continues

Brooks drives through cover for two consecutive FOURs off the 1st two deliveries follows by a single.

Over 38

Over Summary:  1 4 0 0 0 1 ; West Indies: 114-2


Archer continues...

Brathwaite collects a single off the first ball while Brooks smashes the next ball for FOUR. 

Over 37; Brathwaite hits fifty

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 1 0 ; West Indies: 108-2

Bess continue and Kraigg Brathwaite collects a single off the 5th ball to complete his fifty. 

Over 36

Over Summary:  0 4 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 107-2

Archer continues...

A juicy full toss from Archer and Brooks presents full face of the blade, to collect FOUR runs. Archer bowls the remaining four delivery with great line and length. 

Over 35; Bess breaks 59-run stand

Over Summary:  0 1 W 0 0 1 ; West Indies: 103-2

Bess continues...

Brathwaite collects a single off the second ball towards point region. Shai Hope tries to play a cover drive, gets an outside edge and Stokes doesn't make any mistake. Shai Hope c Stokes b Dom Bess 16(64) [4s-1]


Shamarh Brooks, right handed bat, comes to the crease and collects a single off the last ball of the over. 


Over 34; Jofra's No ball denies England second wicket

Over Summary:  0 0 0 Nb 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 101-1

Jofra Archer continues....

Hope blocks first three balls before Archer traps him off the 4th ball and batsman takes review. And Archer failed to pass the NO BALL test. Hope is SAFE as Archer overstepped. Three bumpers from frustater Jofra to end the over. 

Over 33; Windies reaches 100-run mark

Over Summary:  3 0 0 0 0 1 ; West Indies: 100-1

Bess continues....

Brathwaite collects three runs behing squate on leg side. Shai Hope collects a single to end the over

Over 32

Over Summary:  4 0 0 1 1 0 ; West Indies: 96-1

Archer continues...

Shai Hope gets a leading edge, goes past just over gully fielder for FOUR while collects a single off the 4th ball. A single for Brathwaite off 5th delivery 

Over 31; Bess bowls a maiden over

Over Summary:  MAIDEN ; West Indies: 90-1

Dominic Bess continues...

Brathwaite trying to cut lose but not able find any gap. 

Over 30

Over Summary:  1 2 0 0 1L 0 ; West Indies: 90-1

Jofra Archer continues and bowl a barrage of bouners to Brathwaite, Hope and concedes  4 runs.

Over 29; Spin introduced for the first time in the match

Over Summary:  0 0 0 2 0 2 ; West Indies: 86-1

Dominic Bess, right-arm off break, comes into the attack and there is some turn on offer, concedes four runs in his first. 

Over 28; Archer comes into attack

Over Summary:  0 0 1 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 82-1

Jofra Archer [6.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack and concedes a single. 


Over 27

Over Summary:  2 0 0 0 2 0 ; West Indies: 81-1

Anderson continues...

Shai Hope collects two doubles in the over. 

Over 26; Mark Wood leaks 11 runs

Over Summary:  0 1 3 1 2 4 ; West Indies: 77-1

Mark Wood continues....


Shai Hope glances the second ball towards deep fine leg for a single. A short delivery and Brathwaite hits over bowler for three runs follows by a single by Hope.

Brathwaite collects a couple off the 4th ball while smashes the last delivery for FOUR. 

Over 25; Brathwaite looking solid

Over Summary:  0 2 0 0 0 2 ; West Indies: 66-1

James Anderson continues...

Brathwaite tucks the second ball through square leg for a couple of runs while defends the next three deliveries. He plays late towards thrid man for a couple of runs to end the over. 

Over 24

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 62-1

Mark Wood continues...

Brathwaite collects a single off the first ball towards cover region. A short delivery and Shai Hope tries to pull it and ball hurried on to him, gets a top edge but no where near short leg leg and wide mid-on. 

Over 23

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 61-1

James Anderson bowls second cosecutive maiden over.

Over 22

Over Summary:  0 0 1L 0 0 2 ; West Indies: 61-1

Mark Wood continues and West Indies adds only a leg bye in second over before Brathwaite edges the last ball, which falls just short of first slip. Brathwaite collects a coule of runs to end the over

Over 21: England loses its one review

Over Summary: MAIDEN   ; West Indies: 58-1

Anderson starts from the other end and there is thin noise as ball passes through Brathwaite's bat, follows by half hearted appeal. Stokes takes review and the noice came as ball brushed the thigh pad, ENgland lost its one review.

Over 20: Day 3 underway, Mark Wood completes his over

No hiccups for West Indies batsman in first two balls on Day 3

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 3 live updates: The sun is shining at the Ageas Bowl

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 3 weather live updates: Seems to be a perfect conditions for Test cricket

According to accuweather.com, there is very minimal chance of rains in Southampton today with sushine may be seen on Day 3 at The Ageas Bowl. A perfect condition for batting. However, clouds will hover around the stadium throughout the day. 

(Photo credit: screengrab from accuweather.com)


Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 3 updates: Sachin impressed with Anderson's reverse swing abilities

Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is impressed with England pacer James Anderson's reverse swing abilities as he said the English cricketer is "one of the best exponents of the reverse swing."
 
"What I experienced over a period of time that he would hold the bowl as if he is bowling an outswinger but the release point, he would try and bring the ball back in. The number of batters would look at the wrist position and what he has actually done, he has shown you that he is bowling an inswinger but the imbalance between both sides of the ball will take the ball away from you," Tendulkar said in a video he posted on his Twitter handle.
 
"But what he has done, he has got you to commit to play for an outswinger and the ball after covering almost 3/4th of the length of the pitch starts leaving you. And that is something which was new to me. Nobody had done that, now I have spotted even Stuart Broad doing that. But Anderson started this long time ago. So, I rate him very, very high and he is one of the best exponents of the reverse swing," he added

WATCH: How Sachin explained Anderson wrist positions
 

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 3 live updates: Here's what English bowlers using to shine the ball

Not allowed to use saliva on the ball, England bowlers have resorted to applying back sweat to shine the ball in the ongoing first Test against the West Indies here.
 
The opening Test at the Ageas Bowl marks the resumption of international cricket in a "bio-secure" environment after all activities were suspended in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
"Back sweat has been the major thing at the moment with saliva going out the window," Wood said.
 
"Only your own, although we're mingling the back sweat a little on the ball, I've got some of Jimmy (Anderson's) and Jofra (Archer's)."
 
England witnessed a disappointing second day on Thursday with West Indies bundling the visitors out for 204 in their first innings.
 
And Wood admitted that they haven't had the best outing so far in the game.
 
"We haven't had the best day so plenty to do. I'd prefer a few in the wickets column rather than the pace column," he said.
 
"They bowled well and got to give them credit, but 204 wasn't on the radar, we'd have liked 250 or 300.
 
"We didn't get it right with the ball, they got their line and length spot on. It's a bit of cobwebs and rust," Wood added.

 

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 3: Will Hope, Brathwaite repeat 2017 Headingley Test heriocs?

On Day 3, England will look to exploit the fragile batting line-up of West Indies and a wicket or two can turn things around for the hosts. On the other hand, West Indies would be hoping that overnight batsmen Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite would repeat what they did win 2017 Headingley Test. Brathwaite and Hope put up a 285-run stand on that Test match

WATCH the match highlights here:

Eng vs WI 1st Test: Bad light forces Day 2 to end

West Indies captain Jason Holder was the star of the day as his six wickets helped the visitors bundle out England for 204 in the first innings of the first Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton today. While batting, the visitors lost the wicket of John Campbell (28 runs off 36 balls) as English pacer James Anderson trapped him in front of wicket. 
 
Earlier, England skipper Ben Stokes was the highest scorer for his side with 43 runs on board and his 67-run stand with Jos Buttler was the only time in the innings that England looked to be on top.
 
The pair started the second session of Day 2 with England on 106/5. They played some counter attacking cricket to reply to the West Indies who largely dominated proceedings in the first session.



Eng vs WI 1st Test live updates: Anytime soon it would be stumps on Day 2

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 2: What happened so far

West Indies captain Jason Holder was the star of the day as his six wickets helped the visitors bundle out England for 204 in the first innings of the first Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton today. While batting, the visitors lost the wicket of John Campbell (28 runs off 36 balls) as English pacer James Anderson trapped him in front of wicket. At the moment. play is halted due to bad light before that West Indies has scored 57 runs with Kraigg Brathwaite (20 runs off 65 balls) and Shai Hope (3 runs off 16 balls) at the crease. 

Earlier, England skipper Ben Stokes was the highest scorer for his side with 43 runs on board and his 67-run stand with Jos Buttler was the only time in the innings that England looked to be on top.
 
The pair started the second session of Day 2 with England on 106/5. They played some counter attacking cricket to reply to the West Indies who largely dominated proceedings in the first session.

 
The partnership was finally broken by Holder when he forced a nick off Stokes and the ball flew into the gloves of wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich. In his very next over, Holder got a nick off Buttler and Dowrich dived to his right to complete a one-handed catch. Buttler finished with 35 off 57 deliveries.
 
Dom Bess batted as much as he could with the tail which was wiped away by Holder and Shannon Gabriel. Holder got another review on the money as umpire Richard Kettleborough turned down his appeal for an LBW against Jofra Archer. The third umpire asked Kettleborough to reverse his decision after the replays showed three reds and Holder got his fifth wicket.
 
Mark Wood then edged the ball to gully to become the sixth man to fall to Holder after which Gabriel dismissed James Anderson to pick his fourth wicket. Bess was unbeaten on 31 off 44 deliveries. He hit consecutive fours off Kemar Roach to push England past the 200-mark before Gabriel dismissed Anderson.

WATCH: How Anderson was third time lucky

Over 19.3; Bad light stops play again

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; West Indies: 56-1

Mark Wood continues and Shai Hope hits back to bowler at collects a single of a miss field. Lights metre out, and again play is stopped due to bad light

Over 19

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; West Indies: 56-1

Ben Stokes continues and bowls a maiden over

Over 18

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 2 0  ; West Indies: 56-1

Mark Wood continues and Shai Hope blocks, leaves and defends before tucking the 5th ball towards backward square leg for a couple of runs.


Over 17

Over Summary: 0 0 0 2 4 0  ; West Indies: 54-1

Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack and Brathwaite blocks, blocks and blocks before nudging the 4th ball towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs. Stokes bowls on the pads and Brathwaite glances towards fine leg bundary for FOUR. Brthwaite leaves outside off to end the over. 

Over 16

Over Summary: MAIDEN  ; West Indies: 48-1

Mark Wood bowls a maiden over

Over 15

Over Summary: MAIDEN  ; West Indies: 48-1

Anderson bowls a maiden over

Over 14; Mark Wood comes into attack

Over Summary: 0 4 0 1 0 0 ; West Indies: 48-1

Mark Wood, right-arm fast, comes into the attack and Brathwaite hits the second ball for FOUR and collects a single off the 4th. 

Over 13; Anderson scalps Campbell

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 4 W ; West Indies: 43-1

Anderson continues...

Campbell offers no shot off the second ball in front of wicket follows by a loud appeal, umpire gives out. Campbell takes reveiw and WHAT A REVIEW it was, the ball was missing stumps. After edging the next two ball, Campbell slogs the fifth ball towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR.

Anderson bowls the inswinger ball, Campbell misses it follows by loud appeal, Umpire gives OUT. Campbell takes REVIEW but he is not third time lucky, GONE. John Campbell lbw b Anderson 28(36) [4s-3]

Over 12

Over Summary: 0 2 1 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 39-0

Archer continues and Campbell plays towards deep point for a couple of runs follows by a quick single. A bumper from Archer and Brathwaite jumps and blocks the ball in old-fashioned style. 

Over 11

Over Summary: 4L 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 36-0

Anderson continues and four leg byes added in the West Indies score. 

Over 10

Over Summary: 0 0 0 2 0 0 ; West Indies: 32-0

Archer continues and cocedes only two runs. 

Over 9; Anderson leaks 7 runs

Over Summary: 4 0 3 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 30-0

Anderson starts with a rare lose delivery outside and Campbell pounces on it, drives through extra cover for FOUR. An swinger and Campbell looks out of sort, hits high on the pad. Campbell drives the next ball down the ground for three runs.


Over 8

Over Summary: 2 0 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 23-0

Archer continues after a short break due to bad light.

Brathwaite nudges towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs while fails to score off the rest. 


Over 7; DRS saves Campbell before bad light stops play

Over Summary: 1 2 0 0 0 0 ; West Indies: 21-0

Anderson continues and Brathwaite collects a single off the first ball. Campbell collects a couple of runs.

DRS saves Campbell's wicket as umpire gives LBW off the last delivery before play stopped due to bad light. 

Over 6

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 2 ; West Indies: 15-0

Jofra Archer continues and Brathwaite, Campbell adds three runs to Windes score

Over 5

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 2 ; West Indies: 15-0

Anderson continues and concedes three runs

Over 4; Archer leaks 8 runs

Over Summary: 4 0 1 0 2 1 ; West Indies: 12-0

Archer continues...

Campbell goes for extravagent cover drives, gets a thick outside edge through vacant gully region for FOUR while collects a single off the 3rd.

A short fine leg as catching position and Archer bowls short delivery, Brathwaite defends and collects a couple of runs off the fifth delivery.  

Over 3; Anderson bowls consecutive maidens

Over Summary: MAIDEN ; West Indies: 4-0

Anderson contiues and again bowls the nagging line outside off to Brathwaite.

Over 2

Over Summary: 0 0 3 0 0 1 ; West Indies: 4-0

Jofra Archer, right-arm fast, comes into the attack and concedes four runs

Over 1

James Anderson starts with a maiden over

Over 67.3; England bundled out for 204

Gabriel continues and castles Anderson off the third delivery. The hosts are bowled out for 204. 

West Indies innings will resume after tea.

Over 67; Bess, Anderson put 30-run stand for last wicket

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 4 4 ; England: 204-9

Kemar Roach [18.0-6-32-0] is back into the attack and Anderson collects a single off the first ball. While Bess defends before plqaying a classy square cut for FOUR off the last two deliveries.

Over 66; Gabriel comes back into attack

Over Summary: MAIDEN ; England: 195-9

Shannon Gabriel [14.0-2-62-3] is back into the attack and bowls a maiden over to Bess.

Over 65

Over Summary: 0 1 1 1 1 0 ; England: 195-9

Alzarri Joseph continues...

Anderson gets beaten off the first delivery while collects a single towards fine leg. 

 

Over 64

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 3 ; England: 191-9

Holder continues...

Bess collects a single towards fine leg region. Anderson blocks, leaves and get beaten off the next 4 delivery before punching the last straight down the ground for three runs. 

Over 63

Over Summary: 0 4 4 1L 0 0 ; England: 187-9

Alzarri Joseph continues

Bess blocks the first while goes wild flash for the next two and collects two boundaries towards deep third-man boundary. 

Anderson leaves outside off to end the over.

Over 63

Over Summary: 0 4 4 1L 0 0 ; England: 187-9

Alzarri Joseph continues

Bess blocks the first while goes wild flash for the next two and collects two boundaries towards deep third-man boundary. 

Anderson leaves outside off to end the over.

Over 62; Holder removes Wood, England nine down

Over Summary: W 0 0 0 4 0 ; England: 178-9

Holder takes his sixth wicket as Mark Wood edges the first ball towards gully region and Shai Hope doesn't make any mistake. Mark Wood c Shai Hope b Holder 5(7).

James Anderson, left handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks the remaining deliveries before flicking the 5th delivery towards deep square leg boundary for FOUR. 

Over 61; Alzarri leaks 8 runs

Over Summary: 3 3 2 0 0 0 ; England: 174-8

Alzarri Joseph continues

Bess punches on the backfoot towards deep cover for three runs. Mark Wood follows the suit but different way as he chips the next ball towards deep cover for three. Runs are leaking.... Bess works towards leg side for a couple of runs. 

Over 60

Over Summary: 0 0 2 1 0 0 ; England: 166-8

Holder continues...

Bess works the third ball towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs follows by a single to fine leg boundary. Mark Wood defends to end the over.

Over 59

Over Summary: Wd 0 0 0 0 3 2 ; England: 163-8

Alzarri Joseph continues...

He bowls a good line and length before Bess drives the fifth delivery towards deep extra cover for three runs. Mark Wood hits the last ball through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 

Over 58; Holder takes fifier

Over Summary: WICKET MAIDEN ; England: 157-7

Holder comtinues and traps Jofra Archer in front of wicket off the 4th delivery and completes five-wicket haul.

Mark Wood, right handed bat, comes to the crease and leaves outside off.

Over 57

Over Summary: MAIDEN ; England: 157-7

Alzarri Joseph [8.0-3-27-0] is back into the attack and bowls a MAIDEN over. 

Over 56; Holder removes Buttler

Over Summary: 0 0 1 W 0 0 ; England: 157-7

Holder continues and stick to his nagging length outside off. It reaps benefit for him as the 4th delivery moves just a bit, needed to get an outside edge of Buttler's bat while keeper Dowrich takes a one-handed SCREAMER diving towards right hand side. 

Jofra Archer, right handed bat, comes to the crease and defends the remaining two deliveries. 


Over 55

Over Summary: 2 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 154-6

Roach continues...

Buttler collects a couple of runs off the first ball. 

Over 54; Holder removes Stokes

Over Summary: WICKET MAIDEN ; England: 154-6

Holder continues...


The number one Test all-rounder in the world wins the first battle against Ben Stokes as he removes the world number 2 off the third delivery. Stokes fails to capitalise off the two lifelines and gets off for 43 runs. Stokes c Dowrich b Holder 43(97) [4s-7]

Dominic Bess, right handed bat, comes to the crease and leaves outside off. 

Over 53

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 1 0 ; England: 154-5

Roach beats Stokes with a peach of delivery off the second before conceding a single off the next. 

Over 52

Over Summary: 0 0 0 4 0 2 ; England: 153-5
 

Jason Holder [13.0-4-24-2] is back into the attack and Buttler edges the 4th ball to third man boundary for FOUR. 

Over 51

Over Summary: 0 2 0 0 4 0 ; England: 147-5

Roach continues and Ben Stokes drives perfectly between extra cover and mid-off for FOUR. 

Over 50; Stokes, Buttler out 50-run stand

Over Summary: 3 4 0 4 0 0 ; England: 141-5

Gabriel continues...

Ben Stokes pulls the head high short delivery towards deep mid-wicket for three runs. Buttler drives the second ball uppishly through extra cover for FOUR and this brings the 50-run stand between captain Ben and his deputy Jos. 

Gabriel bowls a juicy full toss and Buttler just directs it over extra cover with sheer timing for FOUR. 

Over 49

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 2 0 ; England: 130-5

Roach continues and concedes three runs. 

 

Over 48

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 2L ; England: 127-5

Gabriel continues

Butller collects a couple of leg byes off the last delivery as Gabriel sticks to great line outside off. 

Over 47; Brooks drops Stokes at 32 runs

Over Summary: 0 0 0 4 2 0 ; England: 125-5

Roach continues...

Stokes keeps a cool head and leaves the deliveries outside off before taking a long strike off the 4th one and whacks towards deep mid-wicket boundary for FOUR. The southpaw collects a couple of runs towards short fine leg region before driving the last ball straight to short extra-cover but Brooks make a mess of a SITTER.... 2nd lifeline for England captain Ben Stokes. 

Over 46

Over Summary: 0 4 0 0 0 0 ; England: 119-5

Gabriel contines and Buttler stands tall, punches the 2nd delivery towards extra cover boundary for FOUR. 

Over 45; Roach bowls a maiden over

Over Summary: MAIDEN  ; England: 115-5

Kemar Roach [12.0-5-14-0] is back into the attack and bowl a nagging length to Stokes, who defends, defends and defends to end the over.

Over 44

Over Summary: 0 0 4 1 0 4   ; England: 115-5


Gabriel contiues after the Lunch break and Stokes whacks the short, wide delivery towards deep cover boundary for FOUR followed by a single. Buttler samshes the last ball towards deep point for FOUR

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 2 live updates

The players are coming on field, so it has been a 15 mins delay in the post lunch session. 


Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 2: Southampton weather live updates

The post lunch delayed due to slight drizzle

Match report: West Indies reduces England to 106-5 at lunch on Day 2

The West Indies reaped the benefits of bowling full and straight in tough conditions for batsmen as England lost four wickets to collapse to 106-5 on the second morning of the first Test at an empty Ageas Bowl on Thursday.

The decision of stand-in England captain Ben Stokes to bat first under forecast overcast skies was looking misguided as the top order struggled to deal with the pace and seam movement of Shannon Gabriel (3-38) and Jason Holder (2-24).

It could have been much worse for England, too, with Stokes dropped by a diving Kemar Roach at long leg minutes before lunch when the score was 89-5.

After England resumed on 35-1, Gabriel bowled Joe Denly for 18 and then sent another full delivery down that trapped Rory Burns (30) in front of the stumps. A not-out decision was given by the on-field umpire but that was reversed on review, with Hawk-Eye having the ball hitting leg stump.

By that stage, Gabriel had removed England's top three for figures of 3-34.

Holder replaced his strike bowler after a five-over stint and was just as effective, despite bowling slightly shorter and slower. The captain generated enough movement to deceive Zak Crawley (10) as the batsman fell away and missed the ball, clipping his pad with his bat instead.

Again, the umpire said not out but a review again showed the ball hitting leg.

Ollie Pope hit a beautiful drive through the covers for four but was out soon after, edging Holder behind after more seam movement off a shorter ball that Pope could have left because of its height.

An almost perfect morning for West Indies, played in eerie silence because of the absence of spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic, was spoiled by the spilled catch by Roach as he raced in off the boundary to reach a miscued pull by Stokes.

Stokes was unbeaten on 21 off 62 balls, and Jos Buttler was 9 not out.

 

Jason Holder takes two while Shannon Gabriel scalps three as England reeling at 106-5 at Lunch on Day 2. Photo: @ICC

Over 43; LUNCH

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 1 1 ; England: 106-5

Alzarri Joseph starts the over with a slight width outside off and Buttler just punches it towards deep extra cover for FOUR. He defends or left the ball alone before taking a single off the fifth delivery, Stokes works the last ball of the first session towards deep square leg for a single.

That's it... TIME FOR LUNCH AT THE AGEAS BOWL


Over 42'

Over Summary: 2 1 0 0 0 0 ; England: 100-5

Holder continues

Buttler clips the first delivery towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs while collects a single off the next delivery. Stokes defends the remaining delivery. 

Over 41; Roach drops Stokes at 14 runs

Over Summary: 0 2 L2 0 0 4 ; England: 97-5


Alzarri Joseph continues and bowls a superb surprise bumper to Stokes. The southpaw goes for a hoick, gets a top edge but Roach drops a SITTER at deep fine leg, meanwhile two runs taken. Joseph sticks to good line before bowling waist height short ball and Stokes dispatches it towards deep square leg boundary for FOUR

Over 40

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 1 0 ; England: 89-5

Holder continues and concedes a single each to Buttler and Stokes

Over 39

Over Summary: MAIDEN ; England: 87-5

Alzarri Joseph continues and bowls a MAIDEN over.

Over 38; Holder scalps Pope

Over Summary: 2 0 0 W 0 0 ; England: 87-5


Holder continues and Pope hits the first ball from inside half of the bat through square leg for a couple of runs. Pope has been looking score the time he came to the crease and thus perished as he knicks the 4th ball to keeper which could have left alone. England five wickets down. Ollie Pope c Dowrich b Holder 12(12) [4s-2]

Jos Buttler, right handed bat, comes to the crease and leaves outside off and defens the last delivery.


 

Over 37; Stokes smashes four

Over Summary: 0 0 0 4 0 0 ; England: 85-4

Alzarri Joseph [4.0-2-11-0] is back into the attack and Ben Stokes plays some check shots in V before playing a gorgeous straight drive off the 4th delivery. 

Over 36; Ollie Pope in sublime touch

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 4 4 ; England: 81-4

Holder continues and Pople leaves the ball outside off before flicking the 5th delivery towards deep mid-wicket boundary for FOUR. The youngster grows on confidence after that and plays a super cover drive for FOUR to end the over.  

File photo of England's Ollie Pope 

Over 35

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 73-4

Roach continues and Pope collects a single off the first ball. There is a great battle between Roach and Stokes in the remaining over. Stokes leaving some while Roach beats him outside off on couple of occassion

Over 34; Holder traps Crawley in front of wicket

Over Summary: W 0 1 0 0 0 ; England: 72-4

Holder contrinues and reaps benefits of his good line and length. An inswinging delivery and Crawley gets beaten, hits on the pad followed by a loud appeal, umpire says NO. Holder takes DRS and there was no edge and ball hitting stumps, GONE, two in two for WI this morning.

Ollie Pope, right handed bat, comes to the crease and collects a single easily off the third delivery. Rest of the over remains silent. 

Over 33

Over Summary: 0 0 4 0 0 0 ; England: 71-3

Roach tests Stokes outside-off but the southpaw comes down the wicket and drives through vacant mid-on region for FOUR.   

Over 32; Holder bowls superbly

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 4 ; England: 67-3

Jason Holder continues after the drinks break and does what he best at, bowling nagging length around off stump. Holder does manage to get an outside edge of Crawley but ball dies down reaching the second slip. Crawlet tries to flick the last delivery towards leg side but gets an thick outside and ball flies pass gully for FOUR. 

Over 31

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 ; England: 63-3

Roach continues and Crawley collects a single off the second ball while Ben Stokes gets beaten outside off at the end of over. 

Over 30; DRINKS BREAK

Over Summary: MAIDEN ; England: 62-3

Change in bowling: Holder replaces Gabriel.

Holder bowls a great line and length while Be Stokes walking down the pitch to evade the swing. 

Over 29

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 1 0 ; England: 62-3

Roach continues and Crawley works the first deliveey towards deep fine leg for a single. 

Ben Stokes tries to minimise the swing of Roach by taking a long stride and moving away from line of stumps.

Over 28; Stokes smashes FOUR

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 4 0 ; England: 60-3

Gabriel continues while Ben Stokes is not looking comfortable in the middle at the start of over. Stokes, though, shows his class and pulls the short of length delivery towards deep square leg for FOUR and defends the last delivery with a straight bat.  

Over 27

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 4 0 ; England: 56-3

Roach maintains a good and line length while Crawley looks cautious before driving through extra cover for FOUR off the fifth delivery. 

Over 26; Gabriel traps Burns in front of wicket

Over Summary: 0 0 2 W 0 Wd 0 ; England: 52-3

Gabriel continues and Burns collects a couple of runs off the third delivery, presentin full face of the blade. 

Gabriel follows by a full, swinging delivery and Burns missed the ball, a loud appeal for LBW and umpire says NO. Jason Holder takes the review and the ball was hitting stumps. Burns GONE

Ben Stokes, left handed bat, comes to the crease


Over 25; Roach comes back into attack

Over Summary: MAIDEN ; England 49-2

Kemar Roach [6.0-4-2-0] is back into the attack and Crawley presents full face to some deliveries while left the few alone to the keeper. 

Over 24; Gabriel castles Denly

Over Summary: 4 W 0 0 1lb 0 ; England 49-2

Gabriel continues and Denly flicks the inswinging delivery wide of square leg fielder for FOUR. Gabriel returns with an another inswinger and this time breaks the Denly defense, BOWLED. 

Zak Crawley, right handed bat, comes to the crease and gabriel bowls down the leg side followed by a well directed bouncer. 


Over 23

Over Summary: MAIDEN ; England 44-1


Jason Holder bowls second consecutive maiden over.

Over 22

Over Summary: 0 0 2 0 0 1 ; England 44-1

Gabriel continues while Burns looks rock solid, leaving the ball outside. He is meeting the balls right under his eyes before gets an inside edge towards deep fine leg for a couple of runs. 

Over 21

Over Summary: MAIDEN ; England 41-1

Jason Holder bowls sticks to great line and length. 

Over 20

Over Summary: 4 0 0 Nb 0 0 0 ; England 41-1

Shannon Gabriel [5.0-1-19-1] is back into the attack and Burns cuts the first ball, which is short and wide, towards deep point for FOUR. The southpaw defends rest of deliveries right under his eyes.  

Over 19

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1 ; England 36-1

Holder keeps it tight and concedes the first run of the day off last ball. Rory Burns takes a single and completes his 1000 runs in Test cricket. 


Over 18; Play starts

Over Summary: MAIDEN ; ENgland 35-1

Joseph completes the over with a couple of bouncer

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 2 live updates

The start of the second day of the 1st Test is just minutes away.

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 2 live updates: Weather and playing sessions

The Day 2 proceedings are scheduled to start from 11 am local time (3:30 pm IST). The first session till 5:30 pm (IST) followed by 40 mins break. The second session will start from 6:10 pm IST. The post lunch session will end at 8:40 pm IST followed by 20 mins tea break. The post-tea session is scheduled to end by 11:30 pm IST. 

All this would happen only when there will be no rain interruptions. 



Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 2: Southampton weather live updates

There has been no rain at The Ageas Bowl but it is gloomy out their. We still have 45 minutes for the start of play. Hope for best and stay tuned for weather, stats and match updates. 

(File photo)

Jason Holder captaincy record

Holder has led West Indies cricket team in 32 Test matches since 2015. West Indies has won 10 and lost 17 matches while five matches have ended in a draw under his captaincy.
 
Win/Loss: 0.58
Win percentage: 31.25
Loss percentage: 53.12

Jason Holder

England vs West Indie head to head since 1928

Overall
  • Total matches: 159
  • England won: 49
  • West Indies won: 57
  • Draw: 51
  • Abandoned: 1
  • Cancelled: 1

The overall head-to-head statistics shows West Indies has an upper hand. However, in the recent past the England cricket team has emerged as a tough side to beat in its own backyard.
 

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 2: Southampton weather live updates

The Southampton weather forcast for today is somewhat better than yesterday. It might be frustating again given light rain forecast.



Nasser Hussain hails Holding for his powerful message against racism

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has paid tribute to former West Indies speedster Michael Holding after the latter delivered a powerful and eloquent message against racism in Southampton.
 
Holding caught the imagination of viewers across the world who had tuned in to watch the opening day of first Test of the #raisethebat series between England and West Indies at the Ageas Bowl.
 
As the toss got delayed due to rain, Holding and former English women's cricketer Ebony Rainford-Brent reflected on the much-prevalent racism in the society.
 
"Michael Holding did many great things with the ball during his career, but the way he is speaking about racism in cricket and the importance of Black Lives Matter is a reminder that he is a great man in other ways, too," Hussain wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
 
"The segment we did on Sky Sports on Wednesday morning while we waited for the Southampton weather to behave itself was incredibly powerful and I hope the whole of cricket takes note.
 
"First, there was the emotion and conviction of Ebony Rainford-Brent, who has been through it all herself and brilliantly conveyed some of the painful experiences she has endured down the years.
 
"Then there was Holding, who spoke calmly and intelligently about the cancer that is racism. He's such a passionate man and it was a privilege to be standing next to him while we carried on the conversation in front of the cameras at the Ageas Bowl," he wrote further.
 
The 'Black Lives Matter' movement has intensified across the world following the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police personnel in US in May.
 
Cricket became the latest sport to voice their outrage regarding racism. The England players joined their West Indian counterparts in taking a knee before the start of the Southampton Test and both teams also wore a BLM emblem on their respective jerseys to put forward a stong message.

 

A streak of 51 consecutive games comes to an end for Broad

Stuart Broad has been left out of England's Test XI in a home game for the first time in eight years.


WI captain Holder almost forgets handshake rule in post-toss mix-up

Ben Stokes and Jason Holder are leading England and West Indies in the first of the historic three-match Test series between the two sides at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The match, and the rest of the series will be played under the International Cricket Council's (ICC) temporary rules for the sport to be played amid the coronavirus pandemic.
 
This means that handshakes and shining the ball with saliva is not allowed but Holder seemed to have almost forgotten that at the toss. Stokes won the toss and proceeded for an elbow bump with Holder, who in turn came with an outstretched palm. The incident was laughed off however, and both captains proceeded to give their interviews.
 
The fact that the sport will look significantly different with the new rules in place was apparent at the toss itself which was done in front of an almost empty stadium except for the staff, camera crew and media that were present. On the pitch were the two captains and match referee Chris Broad while a robotic camera relayed the images.
 
There was no presenter to ask the two captains questions and they gave their interviews into the camera. England chose to bowl first but the first session and a large part of the second session have been lost due to rain.

 

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 2: Southampton weather live updates

The forcast for Day 2 looks a bit better than yesterday with 51 per cent chances of rain.

(credit: screengrab from accuweather.com)


WATCH: Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 1 highlights

International cricket returned Wednesday after a four-month absence with England and the West Indies managing just 82 minutes of play in a rain-hit opening day of the first test that started with players taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
 
England was 35-1 at stumps having faced only 17.4 overs because of light but intermittent rain at Southampton's Rose Bowl, where there were no spectators for a match being played in an isolated environment because of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Rory Burns was 20 not out and Joe Denly was unbeaten on 14, with Dom Sibley the man out bowled by Shannon Gabriel off the 10th delivery of the day. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

 

Southampton weather on Day 2

The forecast is a lot better over the next four days. 98 overs will be bowled on each day for the rest of the Test. 

Stumps on Day 1: England 34-1 in 17.4 Overs

The rain had final say on a stop-start-stop day's cricket as stand-in captain Ben Stokes won the toss and opted to bat first at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The hosts lost their opener, Dominic Sibley, for a duck early and then steadily moved on to 35 for 1 when play was finally stopped for the final time. 
 
The other opener Rory Burns (20 runs off 55 balls) has looked solid while Joe Denly (14 runs off 48 balls) has chanced his luck a fair bit. The West Indies cricket team's new-ball attack led by Kemar Roach looked threatening while the change bowlers were just settling into their groove - before the rain came calling. 

 

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 1 live updates: Rain has the final say; England 34-1 at STUMPS

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 1 live updates: It is still raining at The Ageas Bowl

England, West Indies take a knee ahead of 1st cricket test at Ageas Bowl

England and West Indies players took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before the start of play in the first test at Southampton as international cricket returned after a four-month absence.
 
Moments before the first ball was bowled at an empty Rose Bowl, West Indies' fielding players knelt in the outfield while their England counterparts did the same around the field.
 
A Black Lives Matter logo also was on the collar of the test shirts worn by players from both teams for the match played in a strict isolated environment and following repeated testing of players and staff members.

The West Indies squad has said the movement, which has grown since the killing of George Floyd in the United States in May, has been a source of motivation on this tour.
 
The kneeling gesture has been made before Premier League matches since the resumption of soccer in England last month.
 
There was a minute's silence in honor of those who died in the coronavirus pandemic and also West Indies great Everton Weekes, who died last week.
 
Play was starting after a three-hour delay because of light rain and a wet outfield. There can be a maximum of 70 overs on the rain-affected first day. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

 


Eng vs WI 1st Test Day 1 live updates: Covers coming on the square

The umpires are beside the pitch and it is still looks gloomy. More covers are coming on and whole square is being covered. Hope for the best. We will be back in a moment.

 

Eng vs WI 1st Test Day session 2: Early tea taken as bad light stops play

After two interruption in the second session of England vs West Indies 1st Test, England was 34-1 in 17.4 Overs before third interruption forced the match officials to take early tea at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Shannon Gabriel gave West Indies the only breakthrough as he castled Dominic Sibley for duck in his first over. Since then, Rory Burns and Joe Denly looked solid as ball was nipping of the surface. 

Earlier, first session was washed out due to damp outfield.


England skipper Joe Root celebrates birth of second child

England Test captain Joe Root welcomed the birth of his second child. Root on Wednesday posted a picture with his two children on his Instagram handle to make the announcement.
 
Root decided to not take part in the first Test between England and West Indies and in his Instagram post, he wished his side best of luck for the first day of the match.
 
"Good luck boys @englandcricket. We will be watching and supporting you all the way! #cricketisback," said Root.
 
All-rounder Ben Stokes is captaining the team in Root's absence. Stokes told reporters on Wednesday that he had spoken to Root about it and the latter is available from home for any advice that the 29-year-old might need.



"I haven't been given much advice, although there's been a lot of opinions flying around," Stokes told reporters as per metro.co.uk.
 
"The best message I've received was when I got my photos done yesterday, with the blazer. Rooty just left a message on the hanger which said 'do it your way'."
 
"I'm going to be very open to opinions from other people and just because Joe isn't here, that doesn't mean I'm not going to use him," Stokes said.
 
"Joe has always been very open and willing to hear advice from other players so I think I would be stupid to go away from that.
 
"We've got so much experience in this team that it would be silly not to lean on that if I feel as if I need some advice.
 
"Because of Joe's personal situation, we've been letting him deal with that and I haven't been on him too much. But I know he'll be at home watching and his phone will always be available if I need him," he added.

 

Over 17.4; Bad light stops play

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 ; England: 34-1

Alzarri Joseph bowls great line and length before bad light stops play

Over 17

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0; England: 34-1

Holder maintains good and line and lenth, conceding only one run.  

Over 16

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0; England: 34-1

Alzarri Joseph bowls a maiden over to Rory Burns.

Over 15

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0; England: 34-1

Holder sticks to great line and length as Denly looks solid.

Over 14; Burns look solid

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 0 0; England: 34-1

Joseph starts the over with a short and wide delivery, Burns lashes onto it and cuts towards deep point boundary for FOUR. Joseph learnt quickly and stick to full length for the remaining over.  

Over 13; Holder comes in the attack

Over Summary: 1Nb 0 0 0 0 0 0; England: 30-1


Jason Holder, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack and starts the spell with a no ball as Burns collects a single.

Over 12; Alzzari Joseph comes into the attack

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 0 3; England: 28-1

Alzarri Joseph comes into the crease and Burns greets him with a boundary towards square leg. Burns drives the last ball over for three runs.   

Over 11

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 1 0; ENgland: 21-1

Roach concedes only one run as Burns nudges towards square leg for a single.

Over 10

Over Summary: 0 0 4 4 0 0; ENgland: 20-1

Denly hits the ball on the up through mid-on for FOUR. He was a bit loose outside off and goes for a cover drives, gets a thick outside edge and ball flies between third slip and gully for FOUR. While blocks the last two deliveries

Over 9

Over Summary: MAIDEN ; England 12-1

Roach bowls a maiden over. 

Over 8; Denly smashes four

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 4 ; England 12-1

Gabriel starts the over with some brilliant swing deliveries followed by a couple of bouncers. Last ball is short of length and Denly cuts towards deep point boundary for FOUR. But there is no applause or claps as the match has been played in a bio-secure environment. 

Over 7

Over Summary: MAIDEN ; England 7-1

Roach bowls is third maiden over as ball is nipping off the surface and beats Denly's outside, inside half of the bat.

Over 6; Burns hits first boundary of English summer

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 4 0 ; England 7-1

Gabriel continiues and tries to bowl the outswinger. He strays on the leg side and Burns whips the ball on the pads for FOUR towards deep square leg boudary 

Over 5; Play resumes

Over Summary: MAIDEN   ; England 3-1

The play resumes and Roach bowls the remaining five balls with good line and length. 

Play resumes from 8 pm IST

There is a good news from Southampton as the play will resume at 8 pm IST. England has lost its opener Dominic Sibley for duck in 4.1 Overs and managed to score on 3 runs with Burns, Denly at crease. 


Holder vs Stokes: The battle of top two Test all-rounders

Holder is only the second West Indies player after Sir Garry Sobers to hold the number one ranking among Test all-rounders and he has a career-best 473 points going into the first Test. The 28-year-old from Barbados has been at the top since January 2019.
 
Holder has played some magnificent knocks and the most recent one was an unbeaten 202 in Bridgetown Test, when England toured Caribbean Islands in 2019. Holder is also Windies' leading bowler as he is at the third spot in the bowling rankings with fast bowlers Kemar Roach (11th) and Shannon Gabriel (19th) others in the top 20. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
 

It is going to be a frustrating day of cricket; rain stops play again

Over 4; Play resumes after short interruption

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 1   ; England 3-1

Floodlights still on, it's still gloomy, the play resumes and Gabriel sticks to brilliant line and length. Though, Denly and Burns manage to get a single each off their inside half of the bat. 

Over 3; Rain interruption

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 1 0   ; England 1-1

Roach maintain a good line and length before Burns gets an inside edge to short fine leg for a single. And the return of international cricket seems to frustating as slight drizzle forced the players to go off the field. 


Over 2; Gabriel scalps Sibley

Over Summary: 0 0 0 W 0 0; England: 0-1

Shannon Gabriel, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack and bowls a good line and lenth beating Sibley out side off before knocking off him to a inswinger, Sibley departs for 1.

Joe Denly, right handed bat, comes to the crease and looked doggy outside as ball swinging on both directions. 


Over 1

Over Summary: Maiden; England: 0-0

Rory Burns and Sibley are at the crease. Rory Burns is on strike. Roach will open the attack

As the cricket resumes after 117 days, Keemar Roach bowled a maiden over with a DRS call off thrid ball and Rory Burns survived the a close LBW call. 

West Indies playing 11

John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (capt), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel.

England playing 11

Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, James Anderson


Eng vs WI live Toss updates: Toss will take place at 6 pm IST

After the first session was washed out due to constant drizzle, the toss will take place at 6 pm IST, with the first ball slated to be bowled at 6:30 pm IST. 


DRS to bio-bubble: How cricket has changed in times of Covid-19

Cricket's oldest format kicks off a very new era for the sport. Here’s how viewing experience will change during the England vs West Indies Test series in times of the coronavirus:
 
There will be no spectators at matches, one-way systems inside venues to maintain distancing, twice-weekly testing for coronavirus, and players will not be allowed out of their hotels.
 
Players from the two teams will come into vaguely close contact with each other only on the field of play as they remain in bio-secure environment till the match resumes.
 
What is bio secure environment or bio bubble in cricket?
 
A bio-secure environment is planned to prevent the spread of coronavirus. With bio-secure venues for cricket matches, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is aiming to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus from one person to another.
 
How players remained in bio-secure environment?
 
The West Indies squad has been in UK since June 9 in order that the players could first quarantine at Manchester's Old Trafford ground and then practise there in lockdown conditions. They had two intra-squad matches England has had only one before the squad travelled to Southampton for the match.
 
How TV viewing experience will change?
 
  • TV viewers will have the choice of adding a so-called Lord's hum during coverage, but there will be no artificial crowd noise in the ground or music between overs, ensuring an eerie silence once the match begins except for selective announcements over the public address system about things such as milestones or bowling changes.
  • The big screens around the venue will show key highlights, DRS and sponsor messages.
  • The number of DRS has for each team per innings has been increased from two to three as bowlers don’t have advantage of using saliva amid coronavirus threat
  • Players should not be handing over caps, towels, jumpers etc. to the umpires between overs, while the on-field officials have to use gloves while handling the ball.

Covers coming on as it is drizzling in Southampton. Photo: @ICC

Southampton weather live updates: No rain expected in next two hours

According to accuweather.com, Southampton weather would remain cloudy throughout the day with rains expected around later half of the match, An lunch is early take. Hoping for best... We will be back in 15 minutes.

(Credit: screengrab from accuweather.com)




Eng vs WI live Toss updates: Early Lunch at 5:00 pm IST

There will be an early Lunch at 5:00 pm IST. Umpires will come out for inspection again at 5:40 pm IST. 


England vs West Indies 1st Test: Match official

Umpires: Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Michael Gough, Alexander Wharf

Match Referee: Brian Broad

Eng vs WI live Toss updates: Umpires out for inspection

According to media reports, Umpires are out for inspection but the covers are not removed from the square.

Would have picked Buttler as stand-in captain over Stokes: Kevin Pietersen

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen feels wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler would have been the better choice to cover for regular Test skipper Joe Root in the first Test against West Indies in Southampton starting Wednesday.
 
Stokes was named as England's stand-in captain after Root left the bio-secure bubble and returned to Sheffield for the birth of his second child. Root is expected to return for the final two matches of the series which are currently scheduled to be played at Old Trafford.

hile many former cricketers agreed with the move, Pietersen thinks otherwise.
 
"I wouldn't have picked Ben Stokes to stand in for Joe Root as captain, I would have picked Jos Buttler," Pietersen was quoted as saying by Betway.com.
 
"Stokes is the type of player that I was discussing earlier -- he loves the crowd, and he's a proven performer in testing conditions with a lot of energy around him.
 
"These will be testing conditions, but there will be no energy at all. That's something that the players will have to generate for themselves. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Eng vs WI live updates: The rain has stopped at The Ageas Bowl

According media reports, the covers were coming off from the square for a brief moment but it is coming on again.

Stokes vs Holder will decide the 1st Test, says Simmons

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has said that the battle between Jason Holder and Ben Stokes will go a long way in deciding which way their first Test against England, beginning Wednesday, goes.
 
Stokes will be leading England in the absence of their regular Test skipper Joe Root in what is the first Test match since the cricket calendar froze in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
"I think that it's going to be a toss-up between these two all-rounders and hopefully Jason can do what's necessary to get on top of Ben in this first Test," Simmons told reporters.

"Ben is one of them who leads from the front. That's been shown by all his exploits before in cricket, (so) we will have to make sure that we get on to him very early, because he likes to do what is necessary for his team."
 
Holder and Stokes are the top and second ranked Test all-rounders in the ICC standings currently. Both have put in stellar performances over the past two years with Holder starring in West Indies' remarkable series win over England last year and Stokes playing a crucial role in England winning the 2019 World Cup. READ MORE HERE

Jason Holder (L), Ben Stokes

 

Eng vs WI live updates: Toss delayed due damp outfield

Check out the new playing conditions as damp outfield delays toss

Saliva on the ball isn't permitted, so how's that going to affect swing is a bit unknown. Players can use sweat though, and England have brought back the sweatband in fashion...
 
But what if the players apply saliva on the ball out of habit? "Two official warnings will be given in each innings before any 5-run penalty is applied," the ICC says. "Should saliva be used, the umpires will clean the ball before play resumes."
 
There are three reviews per innings available in Test cricket for now.
 
We'll have non-neutral umpires in Test cricket for now. Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough are officiating this first Test.
 
There are provisions for Covid-19 replacements during a Test match -- very similar to concussion replacements. Match referee will approve the nearest like-for-like replacement.
 
There's an additional logo allowed on the cricket kits until the end of 2020-21 season.

 

England vs West Indies match timings and Live streaming details

Date: July 8-12, 2020
 
Toss Timing: 3:00 pm (IST)
 
Match start Time: 03:30 pm (IST)
 
Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
 
England vs West Indies 1st Test match will be telecast live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD with English commentary. Fans could also watch the live streaming of England vs West Indies match on Sony Liv website, app and airtel stream

West Indies need luxury of having runs on the board, says Brian Lara

Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara has said that the side from the Caribbean will need the luxury of having runs on the board if they are to defeat England.
 
Lara said that bowlers like Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel will come into their own if they are not on the defensive and are looking to take wickets.
 
"Kemar Roach is one of the older guys in the time, he is one of the more experienced bowlers that we have but the key to any team taking the field, especially when they are taking the field after batting is how many runs do they have to play with," Lara told Sachin Tendulkar on Master Blaster's app '100 MB'.
 
"The Windies side in the 70s or 80s always used to put up 300-350 runs on the board, this present Windies side need the luxury of having runs on the board, they need their batsmen to give the bowlers some comfort," he added.
 
The 51-year-old Lara also said that West Indies has suffered the problem of not having enough runs on the board, and it is time for the batsmen to step up.
 
"The effectiveness of Roach and Gabriel will only come into play if they do not go defensive because of the lack of the runs. That has been our problem for many years," Lara said.
Kemar Roach (Photo: Wikipedia)

Know about bio bubble, new playing conditions here

International sport will finally return in Britain on Wednesday, when England take on West Indies in the world's first cricket test match since mid-March owing to coronavirus pandemic.
 
It's clear the match being staged at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton is about much more than just cricket.
 
A smoothly run test series, played in a strictly isolated environment featuring repeated Covid-19 testing and social distancing, can not only lay the blueprint for future matches and tours in cricket, but also events in other sports targeting a resumption.
 
"If you get one thing wrong, it might blow this whole 'getting sport back onto the radar' further back," England stand-in captain Ben Stokes said on Tuesday ahead of Eng vs WI 1st Test match in a news conference.
 
Stokes also spoke about the responsibility on the team's shoulders to deliver a massive occasion for TV viewers who have been without international cricket for four months.
 
“I know everyone has been craving this from a player's point of view, he said, but also I think from a spectator's and fan's point of view. And then there's the message England and the West Indies players want to send about equality in sport and society in general in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement,” England stand-in captain said. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
 

England vs West Indies 1st Test predicted playing 11

England tentative playing 11: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad/Mark Wood, James Anderson.
 
West Indies tentative playing 11: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (WK), Jason Holder (C), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel

Stokes will lead England from front, has controlled aggression: Tendulkar

ndian batting great Sachin Tendulkar has little doubt that Ben Stokes will lead England from the front in the opening Test against West Indies, with his "controlled aggression" and infectious energy aiding him the most.
 
Tendulkar spoke about stand-in English skipper Stokes while previewing the three-Test series, which starts in Southampton on Wednesday, with West Indies legend Brian Lara on online platform '100mb'. The match marks the resumption of international cricket amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
To a question from Lara about Stokes, Tendulkar said, "He is someone who is going to lead from the front, we have seen that on a number of occasions. He is aggressive, positive and when he has to be slightly defensive he is prepared to do that for the team.
 
"I always feel controlled aggression produces results and so far whatever I have seen, the aggression has been there but it is controlled. So this is what I think of Ben Stokes."
 
It is the first time Stokes is leading England having not captained even a first-class team in his career. Regular skipper Joe Root has opted out of the game to attend the birth of his second child
 
Tendulkar said, "For Ben Stokes from what he has been through in the recent past to where he is today it is a total transformation and it can happen only to someone who is mentally strong.
 
"When I first looked at him a few years ago, I could see his body language it was so positive and vibrant and that energy is infectious.
 
"I felt that he was one of those players where in time to come you look back and say Ben stokes, (Andrew) Flintoff, Ian Botham these are the leading all-rounders who played for England. I really rate him highly and his impact on the field is a major one."

 

Southampton weather forecast

The southampton weather will remain partly cloudy during the course of the match with no forecast of rain on either of the five day (July 8-12). The temperature will hover around 10 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius which means it isn’t going to be too cold either.

 

Absence of fans won't affect intensity, says England batsman Ollie Pope

England middle-order batsman Ollie Pope says the absence of spectators in the first Test against the West Indies starting here on July 8 will not lessen the team's intensity.
 
The three-Test series will be played behind close doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The second and third Test will be held in Manchester (July 16-20 and July 24-28).
 
"When we have big crowds in and the Barmy Army are here it is amazing but we'll still be playing Test cricket and it's still the pinnacle," Pope said after England's intra-squad warm-up game.
 
"Even if there's not a single person in the crowd it's still what we all dreamed of doing. There will still be the same nerves in the morning because so much rides on it. When that Test match starts up, crowd or no crowd, you are going to be really up for it."
 
The 22-year-old right-handed batsman said playing without spectators doesn't affect the quality of cricket. READ MORE HERE

 

England vs West Indies rivalry

The rivalry between England and West Indies goes back to 1928, when West Indies cricket team toured England for a three match Test series. The hosts had white washed West Indies 3-0. In the first 10 Test series played between the two teams from 1928 to 1959-60, England had won five series while the Caribbean side won only two.


Head to head: West Indies record in England

In England
  • Total: 86
  • West Indies won: 30
  • England won: 34
  • Drawn: 22

England vs West Indies head to head

Overall
 
  • Total matches: 159
  • England won: 49
  • West Indies won: 57
  • Draw: 51
  • Abandoned: 1
  • Cancelled: 

England's Ben Stokes, left, and Joe Root, right, celebrate beating South Africa in the second cricket test between South Africa and England at the Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: AP | PTI

England and West Indies cricket team to support 'Black Lives Matter' movement

The two set of teams will also show their support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement by wearing a logo on their shirts. The emblem was designed by Alisha Hosannah, the partner of Troy Deeney, professional footballer and captain of Premier League side Watford Football Club.

West Indies squad for England 2020 Test series

Jason Holder (C), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach

England squad for west indies 2020 series

Ben Stokes (C), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
 
England Reserves: James Bracey, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Olly Stone

PREVIEW: Cricket returns in a bio-secure environment

Following a four-month long hiatus put forward by coronavirus pandemic, cricket is all-set to resume with England taking on West Indies in a three-Test #raisethebat series starting on Wednesday.
 
All eyes will be on all-rounders Ben Stokes and Jason Holder in Southampton as they will lead their respective teams on the pitch at Ageas Bowl to mark the beginning of this historic series.

This will be the first time when international cricket will be played with new set of changed rules put forward by International Cricket Council (ICC) looking at the virus threat.
 
Bowlers won't be able to use saliva on match balls, players will have to refrain from celebrating together and the stadium will be devoid of fans. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE


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