England Vs West Indies Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Coverage of 1st Test| The circumstances will be surreal with the COVID-19 pandemic meaning no fans will be present in the bio-secure environment — the only sounds being the thump of leather on willow, the chit-chat between the players and some piped-in crowd effects. Once the strangeness of the ‘new-normal’ sinks in, however, an intriguing series looks on the cards between the sides ranked fourth and eighth on the ICC’s Test list.
With England captain Joe Root missing for the birth of his second child, Stokes will get to pit himself against West Indies counterpart Jason Holder.
England vs West Indies 2020 1st Test Live Streaming/Telecast Details
WHAT: England vs West Indies 1st Test
WHEN: 3: 00 PM IST. July 8 – July 12
WHERE: Ageas Bowl, in Southampton
TELECAST: Sony Network
LIVE STREAMING: SonyLiv App
England will be without the services of skipper Joe Root for the first Test, who is with his wife as the couple are expecting their second child. All-rounder Ben Stokes will lead the side in his absence. However, whether or not the top-order can cope without his presence is another matter altogether.
Joe Denly, who has a modest average of 30 from 14 Tests, will most likely play and has the backing of the selection committee. “As a top-order batter Joe would obviously love to convert those starts into hundreds… but also it is fully understood that he has contributed to good team batting performances,” said England national selector Ed Smith.
West Indies will be without the services of Shimron Hetmyer and Darren Bravo, who opted out of the tour due to personal reasons surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. To make matters worse, a likely top-five of Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope and Roston Chase collapsed to 49-5 in their final intra-squad warm-up innings at Old Trafford. “I would have loved to see the batsmen spend a little bit more time in the middle,” said West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick.
West Indies will likely start the first Test with Holder, Gabriel, Roach and Joseph as the pace-bowling options with Rahkeem Cornwall playing as the lone spinner. Injuries have prevented England pairing the express Archer and Wood together since the former’s Test debut last year. But if they are both in the final XI on Wednesday, it could mean Broad missing a first home Test in eight years. With matches coming thick and fast – the three-match series will be over before the end of the month – England may decide to hold Wood back for the second and third Tests at Old Trafford.
The pitch at Lancashire’s headquarters traditionally has more bounce than the one at Southampton – a consideration that is even more important given the temporary ban on bowlers using saliva in order to combat the spread of COVID-19. How the teams react to playing behind closed doors, another anti-virus measure, rather than in front of the good crowds Tests in England usually attract, also remains to be seen. England batsman Ollie Pope believes it will make no difference. “When that Test match starts up, crowd or no crowd, you are going to be really up for it.”
England vs West Indies 2020 1st Test Squads
England (First Test): Ben Stokes (Captain), James Anderson, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, , Jos Buttler, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Reserves: James Bracey, Sam Curran,Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Olly Stone, Ben Foakes.
West Indies Test squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer and Kemar Roach.
Reserve Players: Sunil Ambris, Joshua DaSilva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas and Jomel Warrican.
England vs West Indies 2020 Fixtures:
8-12 July: England vs West Indies, first Test at the Rose Bowl, Southampton.
16-20 July: England vs West Indies, second Test at Old Trafford, Manchester
24-28 July: England vs West Indies, third Test at Old Trafford, Manchester.