ENG vs WI Dream11 Prediction: England vs West Indies 1st Test – 8 July 2020 (Southampton)
Hosts England will take on West Indies in the 1st test match of the Historic Test series. The whole world will be watching this game as this will be the first international cricket series after the COVID-19 outbreak. Both the teams are practicing since a month and finally, this is the time to show their quality on the pitch. It will be a weird experience to witness a test game without the crowd in England.
Hosts will be without their captain Joe Root who is on a leave, Ben Stokes will lead the side in his absence. Stokes had a brilliant 2019 and he would like to continue in his world-class form. England would welcome Jofra Archer and James Anderson in the team as both of them are back from their injuries and will certainly boost the pace-attack of the English side. Return of opening batsmen Rory Burns is also a big boost for the side.
West Indies are lead by Jason Holder who is the no. 1 all-rounder in ICC test match rankings and he would like to prove his quality yet again in this series. West Indies will be backed by a solid pace attack which includes the like of Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel, and Jason Holder. Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope will carry the responsibility to lead the batting of the side.
England would definitely go as the favourites in their home conditions but West Indies is a very talented team and can certainly hurt the hosts in any kind of leniency.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
Pitch of the Ageas Bowl in Southampton is expected to be a good pitch of batting. The ban of saliva will certainly hurt the pace bowlers and their will be dryness in the pitch due the higher temperatures in England which will bring the spinners into play. The first session will be difficult to bat but still the winning captain would be tempted to bat here.
Probable Playing 11
England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zack Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Ben Stokes ©, Jos Buttler (WK), Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Dominic Bess.
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (WK), Jason Holder ©, Roston Chase, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel.
ENG vs WI Match Details
Four Match Test Series
Match: England vs West Indies first Test Match
Date And Time: 8th July, Wednesday- 3:30pm IST
Venue: Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Where to Watch: Sony Six/HD
- Rory Burns, Ben Stokes, and James Anderson
- Jason Holder, Shai Hope, and Kemar Roach
Top 4 Batting Order
- Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zack Crawley, and Joe Denly
- Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, and Shamarh Brooks
Test Cricket Specialist Batsmen
- Rory Burns, Zack Crawley, and Joe Denly
- Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, and Shane Dowrich.
Long Spell Bowlers
- Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer
- Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel
ENG vs WI Dream11 Wicket-Keepers
Shane Dowrich and Shai Hope will be our wicket-keepers in this game. Dowrich has been the best batsman of the Indies side in tests since 2018, he has scored 720 runs and this is the highest by any West Indies player whereas Shai Hope has been the best batsman for the Windies in ODI cricket and has shown his solid technique. In 2017, Hope became the first batsman to hit two centuries in a single game at Leeds. Both of them should be in the team.
ENG vs WI Dream11 Batsmen
Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, and Zack Crawley will our batsmen from the England side. England were looking for an opening batsman for a very long time and Burns has filled that position with ease.
Burns has been absolutely magnificent and has proved his quality on the difficult tracks of South Africa and New Zealand whereas Pope earned a lot of praises after his solid performances on the difficult tracks in South Africa and he is said to be England’s next big thing.
Crawley is a very talented young batsman and has played just four games till now in his career. He is a very good player who will play at number 3, his off-spin strength makes him a great choice to have in the team.
ENG vs WI Dream11 All-Rounders
Ben Stokes and Jason Holder will be our all-rounders in this game. Holder is the number 1 test all-rounder whereas Stokes grabs second place in the rankings and their stats since 2018 proves why they should be in the squad.
Stats since 2018:
Jason Holder: 11 Matches, 680 Runs, 53 Wickets, 42.5 Batting Average
Ben Stokes: 24 Matches, 1627 Runs, 52 Wickets, 37.83 Batting Average
Both of them have to be in the squad.
ENG vs WI Dream11 Bowlers
From England, Jofra Archer and James Anderson will make into our team. James Anderson in home conditions is the world’s best bowler. He has picked 368 wickets in home conditions and it will be a crime to not include him in a home test match whereas Archer has already proved his abilities in a short test career, he has picked 30 wickets in just 7 games. Both of them will be really good picks.
From the West Indies, the deadly pace combo of Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph makes it into the team. Roach was the best bowler for the West Indies when they last played in England. Since 2018, he has picked 46 wickets in just 12 games and will be a lethal option. Joseph was brilliant in the warm-up games has picked 10 wickets in 3 his games test career. Both of them should be picked.
Captain and Vice-Captain
The duo of Ben Stokes and Jason Holder will be our captain and vice-captain in this game respectively. You can interchange the roles too if you want too.
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