England and West Indies series join our fantasy now. Currently, England leads the series by one match. The first test took place on August 17th where England hit 514 runs and then declared. They knew they did not need more than that to defeat the West Indies. They were right. And more. When West Indies came in to bat, they lost all their wickets and hit only 137 runs. England realized there was no need to bat again and sent West Indies back in. England won by an innings and 209 runs.
The West Indies now have a lot of thinking to do before they go into the second test match. The changes that have been happening on the team are fairly radical and not to mention, dramatic. This is what Dwayne Bravo had to say earlier - “One minute we have to be available for domestic super 50 to be selected and the next minute, it seems we don't. Magic! Get serious people!” The selectors seem to be going back on their earlier decisions and bringing back the big guns. Some things are still trial and error methods, I guess.
West Indies missed the cut and could not appear in the Champions Trophy that took place earlier this year. This probably was the wake-up call for the selectors to go back to old school and do things the tried and tested way. Bring back experience. Refer http://blog.fantain.com/2017/08/old-is-gold.html for my opinion on this.
So, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels are being called for the five match ODI series against England.
England is doing some soul searching as well. And rightly so. No need for taking anything for granted. They have to decide three batsmen who are consistent and reliable. The Ashes tour is just around the corner.
So, the lineup for the second test.
Date: Friday, 25 August 2017
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
What do you think?
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