After two heavy defeats on the tour of West Indies the British vice-captain, Josh Butler still doesn’t believe that the team batsmen lack determination but they just haven’t come good against a rampant team. The England batting lineup is facing a strong criticism about the manner in which they played the game with a distinct weakness against pace. To make the matters worst Ben Stokes suffered an injury in the practice sessions leading up to the 3rd test. But he is expected to be fit for the third test. West Indies provided a solid thumping to England in both the opening test matches with decisive victories.
West Indies Team Preparations
The former coach Stuart Law was all praise for the West Indies performance in the first two tests. He said they came out with better planning than England. Their strategy was simple. Bowl fast and straight against the England batsmen. Shannon Gabriel is exceptionally quick and was able to ruffle quite a bit of the England feathers. No one wants to face Gabriel bowling at that pace. Windies have brought another young fast bowler Keemo Paul in the side for the 3rd test. Jason Holder will be missing the match and Brathwaite will take over the captaincy reins in the match for Windies. Holder received a one-match suspension due to poor over rate in the second test.
England Team Preparations
England batsmen need to show courage, guts, and determination to face the fast bowling challenge thrown at them. Many England batsmen got out playing expansive strokes when the conditions and match situation demanded a more circumspect approach. This type of batting served England well against Sri Lanka but Lankans do not have a pace battery like West Indies and they are playing at home. Butler himself is an aggressive player by nature and he is of the opinion that the team should not move away from the aggressive intent and it is bound to come good at one point or another. They have to pull up their socks for the final test and salvage some pride though.
The test series looks all West Indies right now with no real competition coming from England so far. West Indies will start the match as favorites to win and wrap up the series 3-0. But strange things happen in cricket and a determined challenge from England could prove all the pundits wrong. I think the laws of averages will catch up with the Windies. I will go with England on this.
England, West Indies.
The Venue, Match Timing, and TV & Live Streaming
Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
Timing: Saturday, February 09, 2019, at 7.30PM IST, 10 AM local, 2 PM GMT.
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