Two to Watch: England vs West Indies Three Test Series
This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Yes, the summer is here, and nothing says summer like the sound of leather on willow and hail on window. The Windies are in town though, and they are always good fun.
With England’s cricketers rocking, having just about clung on to their number one status following a 3-0 reverse against Pakistan and a 1-1 draw with Sri Lanka, there is a certain amount of nick that needs pocketing ahead of the massive showdown against South Africa later on in the summer. As ever, the form of the two captains will be critical, and here we profile the two men whose job is so much than just shouting ‘heads’ and saying, “We’ll have a bat Athers.”
England’s captain Andrew Strauss is really struggling for form in the last two years and whilst the rest of the squad affectionately call him ‘Mr Consistent’, his consistency hasn’t had the best of connotations of late. How many more failed series can he afford?
The West Indian preparation for this trip to England has made LOCOG’s London 2012 ticketing process look extremely impressive indeed. The squad has arrived in dribs and drabs, whilst their captain Darren Sammy has had very little game time indeed. With the exception of their main batsmen, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the opposition batsmen will have had very little experience of English conditions, and particularly given the current climate, will find the whole experience a beguiling one.
Hence don’t rule out a 3-0 whitewash at 2/1 with Blue Square.