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England Vs West Indies 2020, 1st Test: Jason Holder Was Surprised To See Stuart Broad’s Exclusion

The exclusion of the senior English pacer Stuart Broad was one of the most talking points during the international cricket return, which was the recently concluded Southampton Test between England and West Indies. Even West Indies Test captain Jason Holder was also surprised to see the omission of Broad from that opening Test of England’s new home season.

Stuart Broad was one of the most consistent performers among the English Test cricketers in the last few years. He was England’s highest wicket-taker during the Ashes 2019 at home and the last Test series against the hosts South Africa. But the 34-year-old pacer missed out the Southampton Test, where West Indies won by four wickets. It was his first home Test missing after 2012 as he appeared in 51 successive home Tests.

Stuart Broad, Southampton Test
Stuart Broad (Image Credit: Google)

Though Jason Holder was a little surprised to see the exclusion of Broad from the playing XI of the Southampton Test, the Caribbean Test captain had no doubt about their quality pace bowling attack during that Test match.

Holder recently wrote in his column for Daily Mail, “I was a little surprised England didn’t pick Stuart Broad. His record, particularly in this country, is outstanding and I thought they would leave out either Jofra Archer or Mark Wood. But they put out a high quality attack, that’s for sure. It was the first time we have played a Test against Jofra and he was eager to get going against us and we were eager to get going against him.”

While England were bundled out for 204 runs in the first innings of that Southampton Test, Holder fulfilled his dream to claim a fifer in England by picking up six wickets in that innings. His bowling figures in that innings were 20-6-42-6.

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West Indies’ Test captain captain Jason Holder ( Photo by AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Holder wrote, “Taking six wickets in the first innings fulfilled a personal ambition for me because I have always wanted to take a five-for in England and dreamt about getting on the Lord’s honours board in this series.”

My next big aim is to make a hundred in England: Jason Holder

Now, Jason Holder’s next big aim is to score a century in England. The Caribbean Test captain also talked about his success against English all-rounder and stand-in Test captain Ben Stokes in both the English innings of that Test.

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Jason Holder (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Holder claimed, “My next big aim is to make a hundred in England. A bit has been made about me taking on Ben Stokes in the battle of the all-rounders but getting him out twice in Southampton was enough for me without worrying about making any points.”

Holder also praised the English all-rounder Stokes and mentioned him as a great competitor.

The Caribbean Test captain added, “Stokesey is a great competitor and an excellent cricketer so to get someone of his caliber twice was great for the team. It really isn’t about individuals. It’s about the collective and what we are trying to achieve on this tour.”

After winning the Southampton Test, the visitors West Indies are leading this three-match Test series by 1-0 with two to go. Old Trafford (Manchester) will host the next two matches of this series from 16th and 24th July respectively.

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 1st Test: Indian Cricketers Laud Caribbean Team After Their Victory

While international cricket just returned with the Southampton Test between England and West Indies, the Caribbean team won that Test match by four wickets. Observing a great Test match, the Indian cricketers and the cricket world reacted after the West Indies secured the series leading victory.

The Southampton Test was the first game of the three-match Test series between England and West Indies. All-rounder Ben Stokes led the English team in this Test due to the absence of regular Test captain Joe Root. After winning the toss, the 81st English Test captain Stokes decided to bat first.

Windies fought big to draw the first blood in England:

Caribbean captain Jason Holder (6/42) and the right-arm fast bowler Shannon Gabriel (4/62) destroyed the hosts batting line-up in the first innings of that match as England were bundled out for 204 runs.

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In reply, the West Indies managed to score 318 runs in their first innings along with securing the lead of 114 runs, majorly thanks to the Test vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite (65) and wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich (61).

In their second innings, the hosts faced the late batting collapse and they were bowled out for 313 runs. The pacer Shannon Gabriel once again dominated with the ball in hand as he bagged five wickets in that innings (5/75).

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Shannon Gabriel picked up nine wickets in the Southampton Test (Image Credit: Twitter)

West Indies chased down the 200 runs target after losing six wickets, majorly thanks to Jermaine Blackwood

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Jermaine Blackwood (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Chasing down the 200 runs target on the final day, the Caribbean team got a nervy start as they were once battling on 27/3, including the retired-hurt of the opener John Campbell (1*). However, the middle-order batsmen fought in great ways and secured the four-wicket victory. Jermaine Blackwood (95) played the most crucial role for his team in that successful chase while Roston Chase (37) and Shane Dowrich (20) also provided very crucial supports.

In the end, Campbell (8* after returning from the retired-hurt) and captain Holder (14*) guided the team to successfully reach the target after losing six wickets (200/6). Gabriel won the Player of the Match award for picking up nine wickets in that match.

Like the other cricket world, the Indian cricketers also enjoyed that Test and congratulated the West Indies team for their victory.

Here are some of those Twitter reactions

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Jason Holder Expresses He Has To Deliver With The Bat Despite Six-Wicket Haul

West Indies captain Jason Holder registered his career-best figure 6 for 42 on the second day of the first Test match against England in Southampton on Thursday. His masterpiece halted England’s first inning at 204 runs before the visitors lost their one wicket for 57 runs at the end of the day. The allrounder, however, believes that he further has a massive job left to do with his bat.

Ahead of the match, Jason Holder had complained about the pain in the ankle during the warm-up matches. But his injury didn’t affect his job at Ageas Bowl as he dismantled the opposition with his accuracy. He dismissed England’s lynchpin and stand-in captain Ben Stokes who scored 43 runs and shared a 67-run stand with Jos Buttler for the sixth wicket. Their partnership would have hurt the Caribbeans but Holder demolished them before they could become dangerous.

My Test is far from over: Jason Holder

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West Indies’ Test captain Jason Holder ( Photo by AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Jason Holder, the no. 1 Test allrounder, scalped the wickets of Ben Stokes, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood. After returning with his best bowling figures, the towering paceman opines that he wants to fulfil his wish to score a hundred in England.

“I have done a good job so far but my Test is far from over,” Holder told reporters.

“I have a massive contribution to make with the bat,” the 28-year-old added.

“One of the things I have always strived to do is to score a hundred in England and get a five-wicket haul. I’ve ticked one box, now it’s time to knuckle down and get a hundred.”

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Jason Holder slammed his maiden Test double hundred at Barbados against England last year. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

West Indies have not won a Test series in England since 1988 but they hold the Wisden Trophy after a 2-1 success in the Caribbean last year.

However, West Indies had a promising start on the second day before the match was called off due to bad light. England pacer James Anderson was the only one to pick the wicket of the opening batsman John Campbell.

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 1st Test: Stuart Broad Shows Full Support On Ben Stokes’ First Batting Decision

New England Test captain Ben Stokes hasn’t a very convincing start as a captain as his decision to bat first after winning the toss in the international cricket return has backfired them in the first innings of the Southampton Test. However, one of the senior English pacer Stuart Broad, who has been not selected in the playing XI of the ongoing Test, has strongly supported the decision of the new Test captain.

International cricket has finally returned after around four months’ stoppage with the Southampton Test between England and West Indies, which began on last Wednesday (8th July). England’s regular Test captain Joe Root is missing the ongoing Test due to the birth of his second child.

In the absence of regular Test captain, vice-captain Ben Stokes has been promoted for the captaincy role in the Southampton Test. All-rounder Stokes, who hadn’t a previous captaincy experience, becomes the 81st English Test captain during the ongoing Southampton Test.

Ben Stokes, first batting, Southampton Test
Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Google)

On day one of this Test match, which was mostly interrupted due to the rain and bad light, Stokes decided to bat first after winning the toss. However, while the English team was battling on 35/1 (in 17.4 overs) at the stumps on day one, they were bundled out for 204 runs on the second day of this Test.

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100% the right decision at the toss: Stuart Broad

On day two of this Test, Stuart Broad first encouraged the English batsmen after claiming that it was the tremendous English bowling condition.

Stuart Broad, first batting, Southampton Test
Stuart Broad (Image Credit: Twitter)

He tweeted, “View from the hospitality tent (my hotel balcony.) Lads battling hard in tremendous English bowling conditions. Cricket bat and ball.”

Soon after that, Broad showed his full support on the first batting decision by the new English Test captain Stokes. The 34-year-old also pointed out the reason why he was supporting this decision.

Broad posted, “100% the right decision at the toss. You can’t tell what the clouds will be doing at lunchtime day 2 at the toss can you? & for everyone watching on tv we’ve already seen variable bounce and a lot of it.”

Stuart Broad is missing out the ongoing Southampton Test, which is his first home Test missing in last eight years.

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Brian Lara Opens Up His Feeling How West Indies Can Achieve Success During England Tour

While West Indies are ready to restart the international cricket with the Southampton Test against the hosts England, the legendary Caribbean cricketer Brian Lara opens up his feeling how the present West Indies team can achieve success in Test cricket.

International cricket was suddenly stopped since the middle of March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. From Wednesday (8th July), England and West Indies are facing each other in the opening game of the three-match Test series at Southampton, which is also the first international game in almost last four months.

Despite having the good fast bowling line-up, Brian Lara feels that the success of the Caribbean team is dependent on the batsmen’s success.

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Brian Lara (Image Credit: Twitter)

Recently, Lara told the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on the Master Blaster’s app ‘100 MB’, “Kemar Roach is one of the older guys in the time, he is one of the more experienced bowlers that we have but the key to any team taking the field, especially when they are taking the field after batting is how many runs do they have to play with.”

This present Windies side need the luxury of having runs on the board: Brian Lara

Lara believes that the Caribbean team needs to put some good runs on the board which will give the bowlers some comfort.

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West Indies Test team (Image Credits: Twitter)

The former Caribbean captain added, “The Windies side in the 70s or 80s always used to put up 300-350 runs on the board, this present Windies side need the luxury of having runs on the board, they need their batsmen to give the bowlers some comfort.”

Lara also pointed out that the pacers like Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel can achieve success with their attacking approach and the big score will allow them to go for attack their opposition batsmen.

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Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach (Image Credit: Twitter)

Lara claimed, “The effectiveness of Roach and Gabriel will only come into play if they do not go defensive because of the lack of the runs. That has been our problem for many years.”

The last two Tests of the three-match series between England and West Indies will begin on 16th and 24th July respectively, and Old Trafford (Manchester) will host both these Tests.

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England vs West Indies 2020, 1st Test: New Rules Enforced Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

The much-awaited Test series between England and Australia will begin at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday(8th July). This will be the first bilateral series being played since the lockdown announcement in March which means after three months of halt the cricket is finally going to resume in England. The fans will be accepting to witness high-intense between the two sides during the three-match Test series. 

As the series is being played amid the coronavirus pandemic, the two teams are following safety precautions to curb the spread of the virus. West Indies team had arrived in England on June 9 to follow the 14 days quarantine period during which they were kept under a bio-secure environment. England followed the quarantine period at Ageas Bowl while the visitors isolated themselves at Old Trafford

Meanwhile, some new rules have been introduced ahead of the series for the smooth running of the game amid the pandemic.

Here, we have mentioned five rules that have been included in the Test series for England vs West Indies: 

COVID-19 Replacements:

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England cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

After England’s request, the International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced a COVID-19 replacement option. Like the concussion substitute, the replacement will be allowed to bat and bowl in place of the infected player. Normally, the substitute is not allowed to bowl or bat as they are just used as the fielder.

However, now the situation is different, so there will be like for like replacement in the Test series. For that, the two teams have named their reserved players. 

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Ben Stokes Can Emulate Virat Kohli’s Captaincy: Nasser Hussain Backs The Former For Stand-In Captain

Although Ben Stokes will take charge of the national team in one Test of the three-match Test series against the West Indies, there has been a lot of debate to make him stand-in-captain. Well, former England captain Nasser Hussain has backed the allrounder to take the role for the first Test at Southampton. 

The regular Test captain Joe Root will be unavailable for the first Test of the forthcoming home series against West Indies because he is expecting his second child’s birth during that time. And according to ECB’s guideline, Root, after returning from hospital, will have to go under seven days quarantine. So, his deputy Ben Stokes has been given the role of captain in the opening Test while Jonny Bairstow has been made the vice-captain.

Ben Stokes is a great choice: Nasser Hussain

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Ben Stokes. Credits: Getty Images.

Although former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has disagreed with ECB’s decision for handing Stokes the responsible job, Nasser Hussain has supported him to be the interim captain. He even said that the all-rounder would be able to emulate India’s Virat Kohli and his captaincy.

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Nasser Hussain (Credits: Twitter)

“Generally, what Ben does is a bit like Virat. Everything he does, he does it at 100 mile an hour. So, I think he will be an excellent captain, he’s only a stand-in captain. Joe Root is off with that baby, his second child. I think as a stand-in captain, I am absolutely behind it, absolutely great choice, very loyal as well to Joe Root,” Hussain said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.

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Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Getty Images.)

Interestingly, Ben Stokes has never captained in the first-class cricket. It will be his first Test series as a captain.

Meanwhile, the West Indies have already arrived in England last month. They are serving the quarantine period at Old Trafford. Once all the COVID-19 tests will be done, the Test series will begin from July 8. It will be the first bilateral series that will be played amid the crises. 

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Ben Stokes Will Be Brilliant As England Captain: Mark Wood

English fast bowler Mark Wood has said that Ben Stokes will be an absolutely brilliant captain when he leads the team in the first Test match against West Indies from July 8. Mark Wood expects star all-rounder Ben Stokes to do a brilliant job as England captain in the first Test against the West Indies despite the lack of leadership experience.

England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes was on Tuesday named captain for the opening Test against West Indies in place of Joe Root, who has taken leave to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. Stokes has never led any side in first-class cricket but will be captaining the national team for the first time in his career when the opening Test begins at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from July 8.

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Now, Mark Wood has said that Ben Stokes will be brilliant as the England captain and that the English team will perform fantastically under his leadership.

Mark Wood Heaps Praise On Ben Stokes

“He has a good cricket brain and, even though he does not have much captaincy experience, he will have seasoned players like James Anderson and Stuart Broad around to bounce ideas off,” Wood wrote in a column for BBC.

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“Stokesy won’t not just tell people what to do. He knows that players are individuals, so he will treat them as such. That said, he is also very honest, so he won’t be afraid to tell it straight if someone is not pulling their weight or sticking to a plan. He will do a brilliant job,” Mark Wood added.

I Have Played Under Ben Stokes’ Leadership In Durham: Mark Wood

“I am one of the few people who have actually played under Stokesy, back in our days on the Durham academy. He was a good skipper back then, leading from the front, just like he does now,” Wood said.

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“As the years have gone on, he has matured into a senior player, setting the example and dragging people along with him,” he added.

England are currently slated to face West Indies in the three-match Test series starting July 8 at the Ageas Bowl. Also, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is contemplating relaxing their Covid-19 testing policy ahead of the tour of England.

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Ben Stokes Given Captaincy Charge In First Test Against West Indies: ECB

Finally, Ben Stokes has been appointed England’s captain for the first Test in the three-match Test series against West Indies starting from 8th July. England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB) officially released the statement which read the allrounder would captain in Southampton in the absences of regular Test captain Joe Root. 

Joe Root would not participate in the first Test as he expecting his child’s birth during that time. According to ECB’s safety guidelines, the Test captain would have to go seven days self-isolation after he leaves his family from the hospital. 

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Joe Root and Ben Stokes. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has been Root’s Test vice-captain since his appointment last July, will captain the side for the first time in Southampton,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a release.

 “Root will commence a seven-day self-isolation period at home once he leaves hospital with his family. He will join up with the England squad ahead of the second Test at Emirates Old Trafford on Monday 13 July,” the ECB stated. 

Ben Stokes has never captained in first-class cricket:

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Ben Stokes. Image Credit; Getty Images.

The World Cup winner Ben Stokes was restored as the Test vice-captain in July 2019, nearly a year after being found not guilty of charges held during the fight in a nightclub. He has never captained the Test team, however, he has successfully fulfilled his duty as the vice-captain.

Jos Buttler, who is the deputy of Eoin Morgan in white-ball cricket, will assist Stokes in the first Test match against Caribbeans.

Ben Stokes had early said that he was proud in the position to lead the England team even in one match. He was the star performer for the team in the World Cup 2019 triumph as well as he scored a stunning century at Headingley to win an astounding Test victory over Australia.

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Ben Stokes Proud To Be In A Position To Lead England

English all-rounder Ben Stokes has said that he is proud to be in a position to lead the England National Cricket Team where he might replace Joe Root as England skipper against the West Indies. Ben Stokes has not captained any side since he was a teenager. Stokes was restored to his position as Test vice-captain in July 2019, nearly a year after being found not guilty of affray following an incident outside a nightclub.

Stokes could find himself leading out the team for next week’s first Test at Southampton, or later in the three-match series, should Joe Root, the regular captain, be absent attending the birth of his second child. Stokes played a key role in England’s World Cup triumph before scoring a stunning century at Headingley to win an astounding Test victory over Australia.

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Ben Stokes.Image Credits: Getty Images

Now, Stokes has said that said he would accept the huge honour if it came his way. West Indies will take on England in the first of the three-match series from July 8.

Ben Stokes Opens Up On His Captaincy Role In The England Cricket Team

“Even if it’s only the once you can still say ‘yeah, I’ve captained England’,” he told a conference call on Monday.

“After that happened it was ‘right, what am I going to do from this point forward?” Stokes told Sky in a separate interview as he recalled the incident. “How am I going to carry and conduct myself?”.

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Ben Stokes. Credits: Getty Images.

 

“I’m quite proud to say I’m in this situation through hard work and determination. I wanted to get better and it’s been no fluke,” Stokes added.

England To Play Against West Indies In The Series That Marks The Return Of Cricket

England are currently slated to face West Indies in the three-match Test series starting July 8 at the Ageas Bowl. Also, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is contemplating relaxing their Covid-19 testing policy ahead of the tour of England.

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England will select the side from a 30-man squad currently training at a bio-secure Southampton, with a three-day intra-squad match, their lone warm-up fixture, starting on Wednesday.