England v West Indies – 3rd Test Preview

The Third Test between England and West Indies starts at Lord’s on Thursday 7th September, with both sides looking to clinch a series victory.

After a heavy innings defeat in the First Test, West Indies bounced back at Headingley to win a Test in England for the first time in 17 years and level the series.

Batsman Shai Hope became the first man to score a century in both innings of a first-class match at Headingley as his side successfully chased down 322 on the final day to complete an unlikely five-wicket win.

Attention now turns to the series decider at Lord’s, with Joe Root looking for his second series victory since taking over as captain. West Indies will almost certainly be unchanged after they soundly answered their critics this week, but a number of questions remain for the hosts. 

England have found themselves three wickets down in the first hour too often in the recent past, and a total of 258 left them with a difficult task for the remainder of the Test.

Mark Stoneman made a half-century in the second innings but he is under pressure to produce a big score ahead of the upcoming Ashes series. Meanwhile, Tom Westley only managed 11 runs in the match and leading pundits believe that he has already been worked out in Test cricket.

England have been criticised in the past for chopping and changing their batting line-up, so it will be interesting to see if they make another top-order adjustment.

An unchanged side is likely but if there are any changes, then it may be in the bowling department. Chasing down 322 on the final day away from home is no mean feat, and there may be a temptation to recall Toby Roland-Jones on his home ground. 

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