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06-Sep-2017 09:42:00 GMT
England v West Indies, 3rd Test, London

Confident West Indies take on England in series decider

London: After the dust settled on the series opener at Edgbaston - where England won the inaugural day-night Test in Britain inside three days by an innings and 209 runs - few expected Jason Holder's Windies to come back swinging in Leeds.

Having been set a target of 322 to square the series, the visitors won by five wickets on the back of a record performance from Shai Hope.

The opener became the first batsman in history to score hundreds in both innings of a match at Leeds, following up a commanding 147 in the first innings, his maiden Test century, with a match-winning unbeaten 118 in the second.

Nasser Hussain, the ex-England captain and a former Essex teammate of Stuart Law, the Windies coach, had said that the visiting team was flagging because the physical demands of a Test match were greater than that of Twenty20 cricket.

Recalling Toby-Roland Jones on his home ground in Middlesex for the decider after he was dropped for Chris Woakes in Leeds could be seen as an admission by the England selectors that they were wrong to drop him for the second Test. He has taken 14 wickets in three Tests this season.

England might have been tempted to give a Test debut to Mason Crane, the leg-spinner, had it gone 2-0 up, but that looks less likely now, with the West Indies bidding for a first Test series victory in England in nearly 20 years.

England still has issues with its top-order batting positions, with Tom Westley, the No. 3, under most scrutiny after a run of single-figure scores.

Having gone wicketless on the last day in Leeds, Anderson arrives at Lord's still three away from becoming the first England bowler to take 500 Test wickets.

Teams from:

Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Joe Root (capt), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Toby Roland-Jones, Mason Crane.

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holde r(Capt.), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Raymon Reifer

Stats and trivia

  • James Anderson requires three wickets for 500 Test wickets.
  • Jason Holder needs six runs to reach 1000 in Tests.

Match facts
Sept. 7-11, 2017
Start time 10:00 local (04:00 GMT)

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