Roland-Jones back in decisive Windies Test

Arnold Nichols
September 7, 2017

"A five-Test series against India is at the heart of next summer's global programme", said ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison after confirming England's home matches in 2018 where they also host Pakistan and Australia.

Pakistan, who drew their previous series in England 2-2, will play their Tests at Lord's from May 24 and Headingley from June 1.

On the other hand, Joe Root's team will then play five ODIs and a T20I against Australia, before going on to play a three-match T20 series followed by a three-match ODI series against India. Allied with the batting of Viv Richards, Gordan Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, Holding was part of the West Indies that won matches all over the world and are still considered the greatest team ever to play the game.

But they now have the chance to win their first Test series in England since 1988 after Hope's first two centuries in Test cricket - 147 in the first innings and an undefeated 118 in the second innings.

There are more vexed issues - and three times, while pondering those concerning Westley, Roland-Jones and Woakes, Root prefaced his answer with the phrase: "It is a hard one".

"It's obviously very hard to leave somebody like Chris out, he's been a consistent performer in Test cricket for England".

"We've tried to get as much information as possible coming into this game", Holder said.


"Nobody knows his game as well as he does", said Root.

Fifties for Stoneman and Malan at Headingley might just about have done enough to see them book their places for the trip down under but Westley's spot at number three appears to be less stable after four successive single digit scores.

He also referred to events in the 1990 series against England suggested that seeing his heroes behave in such a manner was "one of the saddest moments in the world".

'Nasser is entitled to his opinion, people make assumptions all the time, ' Law said ahead of the decider that starts at Lord's on Thursday.

England pacer James Anderson was expected to bag his 500th Test wicket but went wicketless in the second innings to remain three short of becoming the sixth bowler to reach that mark.

He added: "You're always trying to win Test match series".

In the last Investec Test Match of the 2017 summer, the series is evenly poised at 1-1 after the Windies hit back from a heavy defeat at Edgbaston to record victory in dramatic fashion at Headingley.

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