Match: West Indies vs England, (WI vs ENG, 1st Test
Date: March 8, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
Where and what time to watch the match live in India
The West Indies vs England series will not be broadcasted on TV in India. However, you can watch it live on the online streaming platform, FanCode. Catch the action from the first Test at 7:30 PM IST on matchdays.
West Indies vs England, 1st Test:
England are on Caribbean land to play a three-match Test series against the West Indies. The two teams will kick off the series with the first Test at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua from March 8.
Both the teams are at the bottom of the WTC table and out of contention for the final. The England Test team is moving into a new direction after their disastrous Ashes campaign. They were obliterated in the Ashes by 4-0. In August 2021, they conceded a 2-1 lead to India before the fifth Test was postponed. In June 2021, England lost the two-match home series against New Zealand by 1-0.
The West Indies haven’t had a great 12 months. They lost their last series against Sri Lanka by 2-0 away from home. Earlier, they lost the home series against South Africa by 2-0 followed by 1-1 draw against Pakistan at home.
The last time England toured the Caribbean, they had suffered a 2-1 loss in 2019. They’ll be hoping for a different outcome this time around.
Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for WI vs ENG, 1st Test
The pitches at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua have usually offered assistance for the bowlers. The use of Duke balls means bowlers will be in the game all the time. The average first innings score at this venue reads 285 while it rises to 319 in the second innings. In the third and fourth innings, the average score reads 272 and 180, respectively.
As for the weather, North Sound skies are expected to be generally clear. There’s only around 22% chance of rain on all five days with humidity around 77%.
West Indies – Expected XI and Team News
The West Indies have dropped a few of their players, including Shai Hope and Roston Chase. John Campbell has been recalled and is likely to open alongside Kraig Brathwaite. Veerasammy Permaul is set to get another opportunity after impressing in the last series.
Probable XI – Kraig Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua de Silva (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Veerasammy Permaul
England – Expected XI and Team News
England went on a axing spree after the Ashes annihilation, dropping the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler and Rory Burns. They have brought in opening batter Alex Lees while Dan Lawrence is set to bat at no. 4. Ollie Robinson was left out from the 12-member team due to fitness concerns. One of Saqib Mahmood or Craig Overton will get an opportunity.
Probable XI – Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes (wk), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood
Head to head record of WI vs ENG
As far as the historical head to head record is concerned, both these teams have shared a pretty close rivalry. England have won 51 Tests while West Indies have claimed 58. In the last five meetings, England lead the scoreline by 3-2.
West Indies – 58
England – 51
Draw – 51
1st Test: Five players to watch out for in the WI vs ENG match
Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:
Jason Holder: All-rounder, West Indies
Jason Holder is one of the best all-rounders going around in Test cricket. He has an outstanding record playing at home, having picked 64 wickets in 15 matches in the last four years at an exceptional average of 16.40. In his overall Test career, Holder has 138 wickets at an average of 27. He has also scored 2477 runs at an average of 31, including three hundreds and 11 fifties. He’s priced at 10 credits and is a good C/VC option.
Joe Root: Batter, England
Joe Root is one of the best batters in Test cricket. The English skipper has amassed 9600 runs from 114 Tests at an average of 49.23. He has registered 23 hundreds and 53 fifties in this format. Root had an incredible year in 2021, where he scored 1708 runs at an average of 61. But he didn’t get off to a good start this year, scoring 69 runs from two matches in Australia. However he remains a key player and can be a good C/VC option at 10 credits.
Kraig Brathwaite: Batter, West Indies
Kraig Brathwaite has been one of the better players in the West Indies batting unit. He has 4402 runs to his name at an average of 33, including nine hundreds and 23 fifties. He scored a 72-run knock in his Test in Sri Lanka and recently compiled 276 in an innings in a domestic match. Brathwaite comes at 9 credits.
Ben Stokes: All-rounder, England
Ben Stokes is one of the biggest names in world cricket. He brings a dual value to the side, being pretty good with both bat and ball. Stokes has scored 4867 runs in 75 Tests at an average of 36, including 10 hundreds and 26 fifties. The right arm pacer also has 167 wickets to his name at an average of 32.34. Stokes had scored 60 and 66 in his last Test against Australia. He’s priced at 10 credits.
Jonny Bairstow: Batter, England
Jonny Bairstow keeps coming back to the England Test side and this time looks better than he has in recent years. Since his return, he scored a sublime century in the fourth Ashes Test. A few days back, Bairstow scored 106* in the warm-up game. In his overall career, he has 4575 runs at an average of 34, including seven hundreds and 22 fifties. Bairstow comes at 9.5 credits.
MPL Fantasy XI
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.