England vs West Indies – 2nd Test Match Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is England vs West Indies taking place? Thursday 16th July, 2020 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is England vs West Indies taking place? Old Trafford, Manchester

What is the expected weather for England vs West Indies? 17-18c with a risk of scattered showers throughout but that should not affect play too much

What channel is England vs West Indies on? The match will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream England vs West Indies? The match can be streamed live using the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for England vs West Indies? This match will be played without spectators

LAST MEETING
West Indies beat England by 4 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND

  • After losing the first Test, England move to Manchester for the second Test aiming to level the series and they have some tough decisions to make selection-wise as they look to avenge the four-wicket loss in Southampton last week.
  • They will be boosted by the return of skipper Joe Root following the birth of his second child and that will boost the batting line-up at number four assuming he is in reasonable touch as Zak Crawley will move up to number three with Joe Denly the man that is expected to miss out.
  • The bowling unit could well see some changes also with Stuart Broad expected to come back into the attack and there is an outside chance that Chris Woakes could also come in with Mark Wood and Dom Bess both candidates to drop out if changes are made. With such a quick turnaround in matches during this series, the selectors are expected to manage the fitness of their pace bowlers so it would be no surprise if Jimmy Anderson was handed a rest potentially although that is unlikely on his home ground.

WEST INDIES

  • West Indies got off to a fine start in Southampton as their training preparations paid off handsomely with some fine bowling and solid batting which they will look to build on as the Test series moves up North.
  • Skipper Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel combined to take 16 of the 20 England wickets and the pace duo will be looking to follow that up here while Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach have plenty more to offer which is ominous for England.
  • After plenty of question marks were raised around their fragile batting line-up, they responded in style with several of their batsmen stepping up and producing the goods so they will look to continue that form although they are likely to face some different conditions at a cloudy Old Trafford.

THE PREDICTION

England find themselves one down in this three-match Test series and they are under pressure to bounce back at Old Trafford. They welcome back Joe Root to lead the side and that will free Ben Stokes up to focus on his batting and bowling, while there may be other changes to the line-up. The tourists on the other hand are likely to be unchanged and they will be confident coming into this match. There were some signs of fragility at the top of their order in the second innings but there were just as many question marks if not more about England’s batting. Root’s return is important for England but this match could once again come down to whether a batsmen on either side can produce a big innings. That or a bowler catching fire could make the difference in a match where there is little to choose between the two sides. With Jimmy Anderson playing on home turf, Stuart Broad fired up to prove his doubters wrong, and conditions likely to favour England’s pace bowlers, England are marginally preferred to edge this. An outcome is expected at the very least with a draw highly unlikely.

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