Fans Will Be Hoping for Another Thrilling Test Match at Lords
It was all going according to plan for England’s cricketers in the 1st Test as they swept aside the West Indies cruising to victory by an innings and 206 runs but the second didn’t go according to plan. Shai Hope inspired his side to a remarkable comeback to leave spectators both captivated and breathless. Headingley was stunned as Hope ran the show and helped put his side back on track in the series.
That against-the-odds success sets up the 3rd Test nicely with the crowd expecting plenty of excitement and unpredictability at Lords. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are all expected to be dry, with fans crossing their fingers that the recent bad weather stays away.
Joe Root’s men are expected to bounce back here, with Paddy Power pricing them up at 1/4 for success. Although, with everything to play for, it leaves the 3rd Test nicely poised ahead of commencement on September 7.
Stuart Broad has described this contest as ‘do or die’ and admitted they were frustrated by the defeat but determined to bounce back. Many players are aiming to book their place on the plane for next year’s Ashes series in Australia and the fielding simply must improve. Joe Root declared at 322 and fully expected his side to see the match through but his teammates have been quick to defend the Yorkshireman’s decision.
Mason Crane could be drafted in to make his Test debut in this crucial decider and the Hampshire leg-spinner would bring something different to the side. Some pundits including Sir Ian Botham have suggested that the Lords pitch may not suit the 20-year-old, however.
Another pulsating contest awaits and cricket fans are likely to be glued to the action at Lords as the England vs. West Indies Test series comes to a conclusion.