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    The Overture Overs: England in West Indies, 2019

    An intriguing tour in its own right, of course, as England have claimed a Test series victory in the West Indies only once in the last 50 years (in 2004). And they come here off the back of a successful tour in Sri Lanka. West Indies' Test side may have struggled this decade but they still have strong opening bowlers in Roach and Gabriel, and England have inexperienced opening batters. Plus West Indies found some strong performances in their 2017 tour of England.

    The venues for the Tests are Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia - so there are some different conditions to deal with as well. But the hosts' weakness in batting all day in the long format is probably one of the reasons England will start as favourites.

    Schedule:
    First Test 23-27 Jan
    Second Test 31 Jan - 4 Feb
    Third Test 9-13 Feb
    Then five ODIs and three T20Is.

    And of course this tour serves as an overture for what is a massive summer for English senior men's cricket. You know, what with the whole World Cup and Ashes business.

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    Recall for Bravo.

    West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican.

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      #3
      Just perused England's schedule not a single match Test, ODI or warm-up in Jamaica or Trinidad. Which feels depressing

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        #4
        Like virtually everything else about Windies cricket . . .

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          #5
          England's schedule for Carribean tours is entirely governed by where has nice beaches. I don't think they will ever play Port of Spain again.

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            #6
            As in the Tests and ODIs are being sold to tourists not the home market, which has collapsed?

            Coincidentally, I read a book on the 1990-91 Aussie tour of WI last year and was surprised to read that the tours were losing money even then, when WI had not lost a home series since 1973 (but were starting to creak a little). Caribbean tours have been a financial headache for a long time.

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              #7
              Olly Stone's gone home. Stress fracture. Mark Wood replaces him in the squad.

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                #8
                England fans have been the majority of test audiences in the Carribean for years.

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                  #9
                  Aren't many of these venues way out of town also? a sad state of affairs.

                  Edit maybe I spoke too hastily, Barbados looks pretty centrally located for one.
                  Last edited by diggedy derek; 21-01-2019, 15:40.

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                    #10
                    Bridgetown is still Bridgetown, but Antigua and St Lucia are both out of town (Antigua being a Chinese-built ground that has been a disaster since it opened).

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                      #11
                      Georgetown had a nice beach (or Sea Walk, at least) when I lived there.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Etienne View Post
                        England fans have been the majority of test audiences in the Carribean for years.
                        Slapped wrist for spelling.

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                          #13
                          I would still make a case for St John's being a nice ground and location, plus the history of Viv's centuries there.

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                            #14
                            And I would agree, but that isn't the ground being used for the test match.

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                              #15
                              Root being a tease and not naming the XI until he's evaluated the pitch. Mind you, I think even Somerset would be asked some questions about this:

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                                #16
                                No Broad. SCurran gets the nod from the seam department.
                                https://twitter.com/SkyCricket/status/1088070120298213376?s=19
                                Last edited by Kevin S; 23-01-2019, 14:11.

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                                  #17
                                  And SCurran's first over is an expensive one, with two fours scored by the debutant John Campbell.

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                                    #18
                                    'kinell, Curran. What are you dishing up here?

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                                      #19
                                      I can see what England might be thinking, that looks a strong batting line-up to dismiss for the first match of the series, but Broad's average for the last year has been impressive.

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                                        #20
                                        You've gotta worry when Kraigg Brathwaite smashes you into the stands.

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                                          #21
                                          If James Anderson - who has conceded just six runs, with five maidens - continued bowling unchanged for the whole WI innings, and they stayed in for the entirety of the five days of this Test match, and he maintained this economy rate of 0.6 runs an over, he would finish the match still only conceding just over 100 runs.
                                          Last edited by diggedy derek; 23-01-2019, 17:02.

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                                            #22
                                            He's gone to pieces, his econ's up to 1 run an over...

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                                              #23
                                              However, England are back in it now, with no WI players making it to 50 as yet.

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                                                #24
                                                Bit of a test of West Indies' staying power now. They weren't doing a lot wrong and don't want to spoil this platform now.

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                                                  #25
                                                  *presses Post Reply, sees they lose another one almost immediately*

                                                  Ah. Well. Wasn't me, guv. Honest.

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