Date & Time: Thursday, July 16, 15:30 IST
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
West Indies chase history, while ”Joe Root-led” England looks for revenge
Well, last week, the game of cricket has made a fine comeback from COVID-19 with the West Indies sealing a historic victory at Southampton. Now, it is time for the second Test match, which is to be played at Old Trafford. Both teams enter the game with unique reasons but ultimately, aiming for a victory. The hosts have never lost a single series at home since 2017 while the West Indies has never won a series in England since 1988. As the West Indies look to break the embarrassing record, England will give it their all to safeguard their glorious record in Test Cricket.
Besides the record, the West Indies were often criticised for not backing their good show in the past. It will be interesting to see whether they will get rid of that tag or not.They have been pretty disciplined and focused on the other day and hardly gave anything for England to make a comeback after Day 2. Meanwhile, England has got the boost of Joe Root, who is back in the mix and will take the captaincy reigns from Ben Stokes. The addition of Root not only gives them an advantage in the batting department but also gives them a lot of mental relief.
Well, the regular skipper Joe Root will join the forces for the second test and will also carry the burden of captaincy. It is likely that Joe Denly would make way for the skipper, especially, after Crawley and Sibley’s performance in the first game. Apart from that, selection headaches will continue for England with new changes in the lineup. They have brought in Sam Curran, Olly Robinson back into the team and rested James Anderson and Mark Wood.
It will be a bit tricky for the captain to choose one from Chris Woakes and Sam Curran. Both have done brilliantly in the recent past. Meanwhile, Stuart Broad is expected to make a direct replacement for James Anderson in the playing XI.
As for the West Indies, John Campbell has suffered an injury in the first game but he would be fine for this game. They would play with the similar eleven unless there are any forced changes.
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Ollie Pope, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Dominic Bess
Kraigg Braithwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, S Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, S Dowrich (wk), Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, A Joesph
Like Southampton, Manchester will also help the fast bowlers initially. As the game progresses, batting will become tough as well. Traditionally, the venue has always been supportive to the teams that have bat first. All in all, it will be bowlers, who will be the effective players for this game.
Well, without any further considerations, Ben Stokes must be your first pick in the Dream 11 team. He has been spledid for England in all departments of the game with PPM of 214 and MDTA of 1 in the last five games.
When it comes to West Indies, you can’t look up to any other player than Jason Holder. He has been blistering for them with the bat and ball in the last three years. He has got PPM of 152 and MDTA of 1 in the last five matches.
Yet another player, who should be on your dream 11 team for sure. The stylish batsman has got incredible stats at Manchester and will look to replicate that performance. He has got PPM of 205 and MDTA of 1 at this venue.
He is yet another all-rounder, who is likely to make an impact on the game. He got incredible stats for West Indies with an MDTA of 1.7 and PPM of 96.3
Who else can it be? The flamboyant batsman has done extremely well for West Indies in the first game to see his side cross the victory ropes, that too in a tricky run chase. He got PPM of 90 against England and MDTA of 1.33
He has the calibre to change things pretty quickly. The blistering wicket-keeper and batsman has got 77 PPM against this opposition with an MDTA of 2.
The youngster has done well enough in the middle-order but England management has pushed him down the order with Ben Stokes batting higher up in the order. With Joe Root also making a comeback, it is less likely that Ollie Pope will get any chances to perform for the team in a big way. Thus, we haven’t opted him as captain in any of our teams.