Can England Bounce Back from the Shock Defeat in the Second Test?
The series is up for grabs at Lords on September 7 as England aim to battle back from an unexpected defeat in the second Test. Headingley was left both stunned and encapsulated by the pulsating comeback from West Indies led by Shai Hope. England came into the tie presuming they were in for a straightforward victory but were left shell shocked by the powerful batting display from the visitors. Joe Root’s men didn’t help themselves, however, with seven dropped catches in West Yorkshire.
The West Indies secured their first victory on UK soil for 17 years with a confident display to complete the unlikeliest of comebacks and, as a result, the third Test is extremely well poised. Bookmaker Boylesports don’t expect a repeat of that contest here at Lords, with the West Indies priced at 8/1 for a second successive Test victory whilst England are odds-on favourites to bounce back.
Stuart Broad admitted England would have preferred to have wrapped up the series already but the high-pressure situation is likely to suit the hosts. Mason Crane was tipped to make his Test debut in this particular contest but the Hampshire leg-spinner’s wait is likely to continue with so much at stake. He is tipped to play a huge role in the future. This third and final Test is likely to throw the spotlight on Tom Westley at number 3; he has struggled so far and will be determined to put in a more convincing display this time around.
Jimmy Anderson is closing in on 500 Test wickets with just three more required to reach the milestone. The Burnley born bowler needs to be at his mercurial best here to complete the extraordinary feat and will fancy his chances in the third Test at Lords.