Venue: Daren Sammy Cricket Ground
Date: Feb 9th to 13th
Occasion: Third Test match between West Indies and England.
Background: West Indies have already clinched a decisive home series victory against England.
In the last test, WI beat England by 10 wickets in the second Test in Antigua.
Thus, a carnival type atmosphere is largely being anticipated.
The lurking questions, however, are:
- Will the crowd come out to support in the same manner they did when the Windies women played the 2018 ICC World Women’s T20 Tournament here in three months ago?
- Has the West Indies senior men’s team finally overcome the roundabouts of misfortunes?
- Are the West Indies senior men on a straight road back to their winning ways of 1980s through 1990s?
- Can they bring back that joy, pride and smiles to the faces and hearts of West Indian cricket fans?
Following the thumping win at Antigua, the West Indies captain Jason Holder said, “We are hungry for success, we made England toil in the field and it’s really admirable to see our batters stick it out. It was a tough wicket, with some variable bounce and it wasn’t easy. The way the guys showed character was remarkable; probably a turning point in the game.”
England captain Joe Root placed the blame on the batting. He said, “We have been outplayed. I thought as a bowling group we worked exceptionally hard and did some good stuff. Scoring under 200 in both innings is not going to win you many games of cricket. It’s been a disappointing performance with the bat here in Antigua and last week at Kensington Oval in Barbados.”
WI won the first Test by 381 runs at the Kensington Oval in Barbados with a day to spare. Man of the Match, Jason Holder made a magnificent match winning 202* in the second essay.
But for slow over rate by his team, he was banned by the ICC. DSCG will miss him.
More WI-England contests coming up at the DSCG :
– 5th ODI scheduled for Saturday 2nd March and
– 1st T20 matchup Tuesday 5th March