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03-Jul-2018 08:21:00 GMT
WI v Ban, 1st Test, North Sound

West Indies set for two-Test clash with Bangladesh

North Sound: This one promises to be an extremely competitive series, with the Windies hosting Bangladesh for two Test matches with the first starting at North Sound on Wednesday 4 July.

The home side are coming off a good showing against Sri Lanka. They lost the third of three Tests for the series to be drawn 1-1, but performed well for the most part.

Bangladesh, at No.8, are currently ahead of Windies in the Test rankings, who are at No.9. Bangladesh can only consolidate their position if they win the series, but if they draw, they can retain their eighth spot.

Jason Holder shone bright with bat and ball in the Test series against Sri Lanka

With the second Test to follow at Sabina Park in Jamaica a week later, the tourists would have noted carefully the quality of the playing surfaces for the just-concluded three-Test series against Sri Lanka, which ended on a bowler-friendly pitch at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

The Sri Lankans fought back to achieve a series-levelling four-wicket win, the first time a day/night Test was played in the Caribbean and the first time that a team from Asia had ever won a Test match at that famed venue.

Without ace seamer Mustafizur Rahman, who is still recovering from a toe injury, Bangladesh lack the firepower to match what the West Indies are expected to unleash over the two matches.

Shannon Gabriel, who topped all bowlers in the Sri Lanka series with 20 wickets, including a record-breaking 13 in the second match in St Lucia, will spearhead a pace line-up that will also include Holder, who took nine wickets in the defeat at Bridgetown, and the experienced Kemar Roach.

While Devendra Bishoo will again fill the role of specialist spinner, it is felt that all-rounder Keemo Paul will get the nod over the incumbent Miguel Cummins for the fourth and final seamer's spot.

Teams from

West Indies:
Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Devon Smith

Shakib Al Hasan (c), Abu Jayed, Imrul Kayes, Kamrul Ismal, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Nazmul Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Taijul Islam, Tamim Iqbal

Pitch and conditions
There are runs to be scored at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium but rain might have a say on occasion over the five days. The last time they played Test cricket in North Sound was back in July 2016, when India beat the Windies by an innings and 92 runs.

Match facts
4-8 July, 2018
Start time 10:00 local (14:00 GMT)

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