WI vs ENG: England cricket team players are currently in the Caribbean islands to lock horns with West Indies for an important Test assignment. Earlier, the West Indies cricket team got the better of England in the T20I series.
In a five-match T20I series, both teams pushed each other to the core. In fact, both teams took turns to outsmart the other in the first four games. However, West Indies had the last laugh in the battle.
West Indies won the series by 3-2 in a grand fashion. The Caribbeans travelled all the way to India to play three ODIs and as many T20Is. Nonetheless, they failed to win in both series.
They surrendered at the hands of Team India in the ODI and T20I series as they lost 3-0 in both series. Meanwhile, they travelled back home to play the three-match Test series against England. ALSO READ: WI vs ENG: West Indies Name Unchanged 13-Man Squad For Second Test Against England
The first Test took place at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. The game ended in a draw. Meanwhile, both teams are sincerely prepping for the second Test match which is just a day away from getting underway.
The cricketing action shifts to the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados on March 16. It will be quite interesting to see how both teams approach the game this time around.
WI vs ENG: Carlos Brathwaite unhappy with England Test captain Joe Root
Meanwhile, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite said he is literally finding it tough to digest the fact as to why Joe Root and Co planned to drag the first Test till the last over of the day.
The West Indies international termed it “disrespectful” when there were two set batters at the crease as England captain Joe Root didn’t decide to call it a draw earlier.
England Test skipper Joe Root preferred to shake hands with just five of the final day’s remaining deliveries. During a chat with BT Sport, Carlos Brathwaite explained everything in detail about England’s behaviour towards West Indies.
“If I were a senior player in the West Indies dressing room, I would have found it a bit disrespectful that in the last hour, with two set batsmen playing as they were and the pitch offering nothing, England still felt they could get six wickets, going all the way down to five balls,” he added.
For the unversed, take a look at the brief scores: ENG 311 & 349/6 d, WI 375 & 147/4. Carlos further elaborated, “Would England have done that if it were an Ashes Test? Would they have done that against India, New Zealand, Pakistan? I think the answer is no, so why have they done it against us?
“If West Indies need any sort of steely determination added, I think that passage of play should have given them that. They should be thinking ‘we have two Tests now to prove we are better than England think we are’.,” he further added.
West Indies name unchanged 13-man squad for second Test
Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain), Jermaine Blackwood (Vice-Captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Anderson Phillip, Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales.