England bat against West Indies in first Test

England bat against West Indies in first Test

England bat against West Indies in first Test

The fact it is England's first day-night Test, and West Indies' second, could also play to their advantage.

"He has gone about his business very well over the past few days", Root told BBC Sport. If he's not the best English player I've played with, he's right up there.

Day one of the UK's inaugural floodlit Test confirmed a raft of popular predictions about a pink ball which proved hard
to spot for some broadcast viewers but did so little off a flat surface that Cook (153 not out) and Root (136) had barely any discernible trouble throughout their third-wicket stand of 248.

Their players were released to play in a round of day-night County Championship fixtures in June and they trained under lights in Birmingham on Monday.

The obsessive level of attention given to the pink Duke ball has even led some to believe that a West Indies team that have struggled in the longest format against weaker opposition could spring a surprise on the hosts. There may still be some question marks over his captaincy but the number three has scored a half-century in ten consecutive matches.

"I would say this is the full-strength Test squad we've got".

Du Plessis made a tactical declaration after 76 overs on day one, subjecting Australia to a tricky 12 overs under the lights, a challenge openers Usman Khawaja and the debuting, Middlesbrough-born Matthew Renshaw came through.

"Ideally you want some to come in and set the world alight and their career moves forward from there but I'd like to think he'll get a very good opportunity and some good game time with England". "I think if you get 150 and not out at end of the day, of course you'll enjoy it", he said.

Stuart Broad knows England's upcoming Investec Test series with West Indies is a chance for some players to cement their place for the Ashes tour later this year.

The bottom line is that he looks flawless for three and I can't understand why he doesn't want to do it.

A traditional red ball is harder for batsmen and fielders to pick up in twilight and under lights while a white ball, as used in one-day global cricket, clashes with the players' clothing.

"The last time England played West Indies they were held to a 1-1 draw, albeit in the Caribbean".

By shifting the match timings, the hope is that more people will choose to watch Test cricket after work - indeed, you need only take a half-day's holiday to attend a game - and that more children can get a taste for it after school.

"You look at the West Indies team, they've got potential in the seam bowling - Shannon Gabriel has shown in recent times he's got pace and potential, Kemar Roach is coming back, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Holder, so there's potential there in the bowling".

Thursday's Test is the first of three against a young West Indies side missing some star names such as Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels.

Moeen's higher profile was brought home to him last weekend when he was a guest at Watford's opening Premier League match against Liverpool at Vicarage Road. So much have expectations fallen that their captain, Jason Holder, described a year which has featured two defeats and one victory as "pretty decent".

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