England vs West Indies – 3rd Test Match Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is England vs West Indies taking place? Friday 24th 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? There is a 50%+ chance of rain on Saturday and Tuesday while there could be the occasional shower on Sunday and Monday so overs may well be lost at some stage

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
England beat West Indies by 113 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND

  • England bounced back after defeat in the first Test by levelling the series in the second which leaves this decider at Old Trafford finely poised and the hosts will have plenty of confidence coming into this match in Manchester.
  • Preparations for the second Test were disrupted by Jofra Archer breaking protocol and being ejected from the squad on the morning of that game which after already deciding to rest Jimmy Anderson and Mark Wood, left England with a completely different pace attack compared to the first Test.
  • It remains to be seen as to whether Archer will come back into contention but there is a chance he is omitted once again while Anderson and Wood are tipped to return to join Stuart Broad who should keep his place in the side in what should be the only changes to the team.

WEST INDIES

  • West Indies and skipper Jason Holder will rue having put England into bat in the second Test after winning the toss only to see the hosts post an impressive 469/9 in the first innings and the tourists were forever chasing the game after that.
  • Holder will have been somewhat disappointed with the performance of his pace attack which was typified by Shannon Gabriel’s wayward start and fatigue looked to be a factor in a flat first day which they never recovered from.
  • Given the success of Roston Chase and his spin in the second Test, they may be tempted to add Rahkeem Cornwall for this match at the same venue albeit on a different strip and he would also add some depth to their batting line-up so it would be no surprise if Alzarri Joseph was to make way for him.

THE PREDICTION

England got back on track in the second Test with a solid performance and their batting stood up to the pressure and produced the goods. Much like the first Test when Jermaine Blackwood played the matchwinning innings, England had Sibley and Stokes to thank for big knocks in the first innings. Batting first may be the ploy once again given the fragility of both batting line-ups and runs on the board will be key here. Whichever team’s batsmen can piece together a big knock could essentially decide this game with little to choose between the bowling attacks. England just have the edge in batting and that should make the difference here with Joe Root’s men favoured to outscore the tourists and clinch the decider.

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