The second match of the three-match series between England and West Indies is being played in Manchester. West Indies captain Jason Holder has won the toss and decided to bowl first. By the time of writing, England had scored 102 at the loss of 3 wickets.
England batting, Captain Joe Root also out
Rory Burns and Dom Sibley came on the field to start England’s innings at Manchester. Both started off slow and did not let any wicket fall until the 13th over. On the third ball of the 14th over, Roston Chase appealed for 15 against Burns, but the on-field umpire refused it. Captain Holder reviewed and the third umpire changed the decision and gave the decision in favor of the West Indies. Chase returned Jack Crowley on the very first ball after lunch without opening an account.
Captain Joe Root scored 23 off 49 balls and had captain Jason Holder caught by Alzari Joseph
The toss was delayed due to rain and the first session had only 1 hour of play before lunch. 12 noon England time (4.30 pm India time). The day’s play will be reduced to 7 overs and today only 83 overs will be bowled.
England playing XI
Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Jack Crowley, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jose Butler (wicketkeeper), Sam Curren, Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad
West Indies Playing XI
Craig Braithwaite, John Kimbell, Shai Hope, Shamrah Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Daurich (wicketkeeper), Jason Holder (captain), Alzarri Joseph, Camar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
There was light rain just before the toss due to which the ground was covered. Now the good news is that the rain has stopped and the cover has also been removed.
The first match played at Southampton was won by the West Indies by 4 wickets. England’s regular Test captain Joe Root returns in today’s match. The captain of the first match was given to all-rounder Ben Stokes.
Fast bowler Jofra Archer was included in the squad for today’s match but was dropped at the last minute due to Corona breaking protocol. Now Archer will have to remain in isolation for the next 5 days, after which he will be able to meet the rest of the team’s players.
Return of Joe Root
The regular captain of the Test team, Joe Root, did not play against the West Indies in the first Test due to personal reasons. Root returns to the team for Manchester Test. After losing the first match of the series, the team is now 0–1 behind. Joe Denly has been dropped from the squad due to Root’s return.
After 32 years, the West Indies have a chance to win the Test series in England. The West Indies won their last Test series in England in 1988. The five-match series was won by West Indies 4–0. 158 Test matches have been played between England and West Indies. Of these, the West Indies won 58, England won 49, and Drew won 51. 87 Test matches have been played in England and West Indies in England. Of these, England won 34 matches, while the West Indies won 31 times. There were 22 Test draws.