England have named an unchanged squad for the upcoming third and final Test against the West Indies at Lord’s beginning on Thursday, September 7th.
It is the deciding Test after the West Indies stunned England at Headingley to level the series at 1 – 1. In addition to the eleven who played in the second Test in Leeds, Toby Roland-Jones and Mason Crane have been included in the squad.
Retired cricketer Bob Willis called the West Indies win at Headingley “one of the great turnarounds in sport” following their humiliation at Edgbaston. While Sir Ian Botham has said that he hopes the victory can be a springboard for the team as he believes cricket needs a “vibrant West Indian team”.
Shai Hope played a crucial role in the team’s victory. He became the first batsman to score a century in each innings of a first-class match at the ground in 127 years. This was of course vital as the team chased down a target of 322 in 91.2 overs to claim their first Test win in England in 17 years.
Following the match England captain Joe Root has insisted that he won’t be scarred by a declaration that backfired. Root chose to end England’s innings with two wickets in hand on the fourth evening to try and make inroads in the West Indies batting line-up, but ultimately his decision allowed the visitors a way back into the contest.
When asked if this will make him more cautious in the future Root said, “I don’t think it will. The declaration might not have been timed right but I thought it was a positive thing to do, we’re a side that want to go out there and win Test matches … We have to be better, we know that taking early wickets and taking opportunities to put sides under pressure is a massive part in winning Test matches. We weren’t good enough to do that this week.”