England Test captain Joe Root has returned to lead the team in the second Test match against West Indies after attending his second childbirth. He was absent in the inaugural Test match where England faced defeat by four wickets under the stand-in captain Ben Stokes.
Joe Root absence in Southampton had costed team. He contributes to building strong and long innings which was absent in England during the first Test match. The host could not survive in front of West Indies bowling attack comprising of Jason Holder, Shanon Gabriel. However, his return will give hope to England to keep the series alive.
England coach Chris Silverwood is also hopeful to see the Test captain back in the field and lead his team to victory in the do or die match.
“We’re all desperate to see Joe do really well. But obviously he’s under pressure a little bit,” Silverwood said.
Joe Root might replace Joe Denly in the squad:
The top-order batsman Joe Denly struggled to set up himself in the field at Ages Bowl. He gave up his wickets easily as he scored 47 runs in two innings. So, he is likely to be dropped from playing XI after the skippers’ come back.
Meanwhile, the young Zak Crawley had impressed with his temperament to play the most extended format of the game. Having made the debut last year in November, he played the fifth Test of his career against West Indies and was the leading scorer for his team. His 76 run knock in the second innings gave the stability to the team in the middle. However, his contribution fell short for the team. Silverwood also heaped the praise on the youngster’s batting.
“Zak is improving constantly. I think he certainly showed maturity and the innings he played was very good.”
The second Test match will be played from 16 July at Old Trafford in Manchester