As part of the ICC Test Championship, the West Indies and England are playing a three-match Test series on Caribbean soil. The first match in the series is scheduled to take place between the 8th and 12th of March 2022 at Sir Vivian Richards Ground, North Stand in Antigua.
The West Indies lost the previous series against Sri Lanka by a score of 2-0, whereas England lost the most recent Ashes series against Australia by a score of 4-0. England vs. West Indies is now a battle between two teams at the bottom of the ICC Test Championship points table.
This will be a must-win series for both teams in order to move up the points table. Following an analysis of their previous tours, both teams have made a few changes and will try to take advantage of the pitch conditions in Caribbean weather.
The game between the two teams will take place on March 8th, 2022 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
Match Details to Note
Match: West Indies vs England, 1st Test, England Tour of West Indies 2022
Date: March 08, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Antigua (Sir Vivian Richards Stadium)
West Indies vs England Team Previews
In the previous series, the West Indies lost all three Tests against Sri Lanka. After nearly two months, they are ready to host England in a three-match Test series, the first of which will be played on March 8th at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
The West Indies have only won one Test match in the last two series, and they currently sit ninth in the ICC Test Championship points table. They have rested Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shai Hope, Jeremy Solorzano, and Jomel Warrican for this tour after a poor performance against Sri Lanka in the previous Test series.
John Campbell and Anderson Phillip are two new faces on the team. Anderson Phillip, a seamer, has 12 wickets at 14.25 in the first two rounds of the West Indies Championship. Jason Holder, the ICC World number one all-rounder in Test cricket, has returned to the squad and will be a key player against the mighty English side.
The overall team appears to be balanced, but it lacks the experience of the English squad. In this series, they will try to execute their plans well against visitors. This series will be crucial for them because they are looking for series wins to increase their points in the ICC Test Championship.
West Indies Squad
Rovman Powell (c), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith
Predicted XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kyle Mayers, John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Shamarh Brooks, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Anderson Phillip, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales
After losing the Ashes to Australia, England will play a three-match Test series against the West Indies on Caribbean soil. The first match against the hosts will take place on August 8th in Antigua.
In the practise match in Antigua, the English team dominated the West Indies’ President XI. They tried a different opening combination of Ales Lees and Zak Crawley, which worked well in practise. Following a poor batting performance against Australia in the previous series, team management has added batting depth to the squad.
After a long absence, England will play without James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Ollie Robinson, who has been outstanding in recent years, will spearhead the team’s pace attack alongside Mark Wood and Chris Woakes. Jack Leech bowled brilliant spells in the practise match at the Antigyua pitch and will use his spin bowling to put pressure on opponents.
England’s overall team has a long lead over the West Indies. They will try to win this series against the hosts in order to gain points in the ICC Test Championship. Captain Joe Root began the new year with a bang during the Ashes and hopes to continue his form on this tour.
Moeen Ali (c), Tom Banton (wk), Sam Billings, Harry Brook, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Tymal Mills, Eoin Morgan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Philip Salt, Reece Topley, James Vince
Predicted XI: Moeen Ali (c), Tom Banton (wk), Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Philip Salt, James Vince
West Indies vs England Toss Prediction
This venue hosted a total of ten Test matches, with five of them ending in a draw. Bowlers have benefited from the pitch in the latter stages of the game. The team that batted first won three of the five matches that ended in a result here. The team that wins the toss should bat first in this situation.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The first Test match of the tour will be played at Antigua’s Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Stand. A venue can hold up to 10,000 people.
The weather will be sunny throughout the first Test, which will take place from March 8th to March 12th. The average temperature over the last five days has ranged between 27°C and 13°C. The trend shows that the pitch has favoured bowlers as the test match progresses.
West Indies vs England Match Prediction
Despite the fact that both teams have lost their previous series, England’s squad appears to be stronger than the West Indies team. With the English team’s batting depth, Caribbean bowlers will have a difficult time tackling the English team.
England is the favourite to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.97.
- Joe Root, England’s captain and the ICC World number two Test batsman, has been outstanding in the last few games. In his last ten matches, he has scored 901 runs at an average of 50.05.
- Jason Holder, the number one all-rounder in Test cricket, will be a key player for the West Indies. In his last eight matches, he has taken 22 wickets.
- England has defeated the West Indies three times in the last five Test matches.