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West Indian cricket team in England in 2020
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England
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West Indies
Dates 8 – 28 July 2020
Captains Joe Root Jason Holder
Test series

The West Indies cricket team are currently touring England to play three Test matches. The team were originally scheduled to tour the country in May and June 2020. However, the series was initially postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cricket West Indies stated that they would do everything they can to help accommodate the fixtures, including moving the fixtures back or even hosting them in the West Indies. A revised tour schedule, with the first Test starting in July, was proposed at the end of May 2020. The fixtures were confirmed the following month, with the matches to be played behind closed doors. The Test series will form part of the inaugural 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship.

Background

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that no professional matches would take place before 28 May 2020 due to the pandemic. In April 2020, Ashley Giles, the director of cricket, said that hosting the Test matches in June was looking "less and less likely", but that "everything is on the table" with regards to England's schedule in 2020. On 24 April 2020, the ECB confirmed that no professional cricket would be played in England before 1 July 2020, with the tour being postponed. After the tour was postponed, both cricket boards had been involved in "positive" talks about rescheduling the series. This included the possibility of the West Indies team going into isolation for 14 days, and the first Test match starting on 8 July 2020. The ECB were also looking at hosting the Test matches in bio-secure environments, with Old Trafford in Manchester and the Rose Bowl in Southampton being possible venues, due to their hotel facilities.

On 13 May 2020, Johnny Grave, the chief executive of Cricket West Indies, said that he was hopeful that the tour would go ahead, but that players would be "very nervous" about travelling. The next day, the ECB confirmed that England players would return to training in the following week. Grave also confirmed that thirty players had been identified for preparation for the tour, with the West Indies' Test captain Jason Holder saying that no-one will be forced to travel, with safety being the priority. In late May 2020, a revised schedule was issued, with the final Test match taking place at Old Trafford in late July 2020. Grave also revealed details of a tentative tour itinerary, with the first Test starting on 8 July 2020 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The same week, the UK government published updated guidance on the resumption of training for elite sports. The West Indies also resumed training, with small groups taking part in on-field sessions at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. Cricket West Indies gave its approval "in principle" of touring England. On 2 June 2020, the ECB confirmed the dates and venues for the three-match series.

On 29 May 2020, the ECB named a 55-man group of players to begin training ahead of international fixtures starting in England. On 17 June 2020, this was trimmed down to a 30-man squad to prepare behind closed doors for the Test matches. England and the West Indies will play inter-squad warm-up matches in Southampton and Manchester respectively prior to the Test series. On 3 June 2020, Cricket West Indies named a 14-man squad, along with eleven reserve players for the Test series. Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul decided against travelling to England, due to coronavirus fears, and the length of time they could be away from their families. On 8 June 2020, the squad flew out from Antigua, arriving at Manchester Airport the following morning. After arrival, Jason Holder said that the players feel safe and that people "were crying out for cricket".

Squads

Tests
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Cricket West Indies also named Sunil Ambris, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Sheyne Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas and Jomel Warrican as reserve players for the Test series.

England captain Joe Root missed the first Test match to be at the birth of his child. Ben Stokes captained England in Root's absence. On 30 June 2020, the ECB confirmed that Root would miss the first Test, with Stokes named as captain for the match. Prior to being named captain, Stokes had never led a side in a first-class, List A or Twenty20 cricket match. On 4 July 2020, England named a thirteen-man squad for the first Test with James Bracey, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson and Olly Stone also named as reserve players. Some of the cricketers not selected for the Test matches from the initial 30-man squad began preparing for the One Day International (ODI) matches against Ireland.

Practice matches

The West Indies were due to play three tour matches, one each against England Lions, Worcestershire, and Northamptonshire. However, the tour matches were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the 25-man touring squad played two intra-squad matches, serving as preparation. The squad was split into two teams, with one team being captained by Kraigg Brathwaite and the other being captained by Jason Holder. The teams were named after their respective captains. Initially, the second match was to have first-class status. However, the plan for this was changed after no play was possible on the first day of the fixture, allowing the West Indies to utilise all 25 players in their squad.

England also played an intra-squad match as warm-up, which started on 1 July 2020 at the Rose Bowl. England's squad was also split into two teams, with Ben Stokes captaining one side, and Jos Buttler captaining the other.


23–25 June 2020
Scorecard
Brathwaite XI
275 (79 overs)
v Holder XI
193 (51.1 overs)
Match drawn
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Alex Wharf (Eng)
Kraigg Brathwaite 84 (162)
Alzarri Joseph 4/60 (16 overs)
Sunil Ambris 52 (70)
Raymon Reifer 5/60 (13 overs)
231/4d (51 overs) 149/3 (44 overs)
Shamarh Brooks 66* (99)
Alzarri Joseph 2/17 (6 overs)
Sheyne Moseley 83* (142)
Oshane Thomas 1/8 (4 overs)
  • Holder XI won the toss and elected to field.

29 June–2 July 2020
Scorecard
Holder XI
272 (76.5 overs)
v Brathwaite XI
178 (34 overs)
Match drawn
Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Alex Wharf (Eng)
Joshua Da Silva 133* (248)
Preston McSween 3/28 (10.5 overs)
Kyle Mayers 74* (56)
Shannon Gabriel 4/42 (8 overs)
171/4 (51 overs)
Joshua Da Silva 56* (83)
Anderson Phillip 2/20 (5 overs)
  • Holder XI won the toss and elected to bat.
  • No play was possible on day 1 due to rain.

1–3 July 2020
Scorecard
Team Buttler
287/5d (90 overs)
v Team Stokes
233 (87.5 overs)
Match drawn
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
James Bracey 85 (194)
Craig Overton 2/32 (14 overs)
Zak Crawley 43 (77)
Ollie Robinson 2/7 (9 overs)
200/6d (41.4 overs) 157/4 (30.2 overs)
Ollie Pope 55* (66)
Jack Leach 3/82 (13.4 overs)
Jonny Bairstow 39 (47)
Matt Parkinson 2/47 (7 overs)
  • Team Stokes won the toss and elected to field.

Test series

1st Test

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8–12 July 2020
Scorecard
Flag of England England v Flag of West Indies West Indies Rose Bowl, Southampton

2nd Test

16–20 July 2020
Scorecard
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3rd Test

24–28 July 2020
Scorecard
Flag of England England v Flag of West Indies West Indies Old Trafford, Manchester

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