England vs West Indies, 1st Test
England and West Indies kick off their three-test series with a match at the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire, which takes place from July 8 to July 12. The live action is scheduled to get underway at 11:00 local time each day as test cricket makes it belated return, albeit without spectators.
England are without captain Joe Root, who had to withdraw from the bio-secure environment in order to be with his wife for the birth of their child. Ben Stokes will lead the team, with England looking to build on a return to form in the five-day format after they beat South Africa 3-1 in the winter.
West Indies, meanwhile, have not played test cricket since a one-off win against Afghanistan. They are big underdogs for this match but Jason Holder and Roston Chase will remember fondly the fact they have upset the odds against England before.
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Overcast conditions on the first two days could tempt England to bowl first. Ben Stokes will be looking to win the toss in his first game as captain.
The first two days are set to be overcast, with a small chance of showers – though nothing sustained – before clearer conditions later in the week.
The Ageas Bowl is normally a good batting wicket and the test summer could start with a few runs.
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