|Posted on 7 July, 2020 at 22:50|
Starting tonight cricket lovers in UK will see the first Test played for the summer when England take on the West Indies at Southampton’s “Rose Bowl”.
The West Indies have not won a Test series in England this millennium and the coming series will be the 38th between the two.
It will be Ben Stokes (England) and Jason Holder (West Indies) leading their respective sides. Joe Root having chose to attend the birth of child will trying to make amends for some very poor captaincy another time.
On the other hand; Holder having lead the “Windies” to a series win on home soil when these two teams last met... has also overseen an improving Caribbean cricket team. Many experienced cricket followers are say the Islanders cannot be taken too lightly.
Holder himself, is on the verge of passing 2000 runs in Test cricket and with a double century to his name he is never out of the game. He has also taken more than a 100 wickets now and must now be classed as one of the top all rounders in the game.
Even so, I believe England on home soil, go into the series as favourites; their opponents have never played a Test match in Hampshire and Southampton! Is a place where tourists have often met an unfortunate fate... who can forget the “Mayflower” or the “Titanic”... both set forth from Southampton, if I am not mistaken.
So what can we expect or even better... what can we look forward too?
Chris Woakes, if he gets a start is closing in on 100 Test Match wickets, ever green James Anderson at the age of 37 is nearing 100 catches and 600 wickets . In English conditions I think Anderson, with Archer, Broad, Stokes and either or... Woakes, Curren or Wood in support, will be leading a very experienced if not a “mature attack”.
Yes, not a lot coming through ECB development programs. After all, Archer their greatest prospect comes from the Caribbean himself and that must be a very sore point for the visitors.
But for those of us in Australia who will be watching on TV... I think we are in for a real treat for there’s another “Holder” on the scene.
Watch out for “Chemar Holder”, he’s tall, athletic, with a high “side on” action; his high front arm facilitates the release of what we could describe as a “coiled spring” weight transfer through the crease; all in sinc and into the following through.
He generates great pace and bounce and because of the fluency of his action he hits the deck hard and the ball leaves the bat late. Not a lot can go wrong with his action and I think he will be a star of the future.
In support will be Roach closing in on 200 Test Wickets, Shannon Gabriel, left arm paceman Alzari Joesph, Jason Holder and the spin of all rounder Royston Chase.
If the West Indies batting can combat the English conditions and they bat down the list, it might just a be series worth staying up all night for.