As the Wisden trophy starts amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, England and West Indies are looking to begin their campaign at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Lancashire.

The three-Test series between England and West Indies which begins on Wednesday is set up to be an exciting restart. West Indies may not have won a series in England since 1988, but they are being underestimated on this tour. They are the holders of the Wisden Trophy after all.


We take a look at 6 players to watch out from the opening Test match in the Wisden Trophy.

1. Kemar Roach

Kemar Roach will have a crucial role for WI (Image – Yorkshire Post)

Kemar Roach will be the very important player ahead of the clash as he is someone the Windies bowling unit can rely on. In his past 2 test series against England notably in 2017 and 2019, the pacer has taken 29 wickets in 6 test matches overall and played a crucial role in winning the Wisden trophy for his side in 2019 on home soil.

2. James Anderson

Jimmy Anderson is a key figure for England always (Image – SkySports)

James Anderson will always be the important player for this English pace bowling unit. Having been played 151 test matches for his side and picking up 584 wickets in Total the 37-year-old will certainly be aiming for his 600 wickets milestone. He has been a key player for his side at home picking up 368 wickets which certainly clears the doubt that how much he loves bowling on the green pitches of England.

3. Rory Burns

Rory Burns will be leading the England batting attack (Image – Wisden)

As the English batting order looks a little unstable this time around, all the load will be certainly on Rory Burns’s shoulder. The 29-year-old has been very impressive since his start for the Englishmen. He has played 15 matches with an average of 33.75 and has two centuries to his name which certainly shows that he is aiming for something big as the action resumes.

4. Kraigg Brathwaite

Brathwaite will hope to emulate his past performances (Image – inewsguyana)

When it comes to a good technical batting approach in this Windies 15-man squad, there is none other than Kraigg Brathwaite who can be a perfect choice. The 27-year-old played a very important hand with Shai Hope in the Windies’ famous test match win at Headingly in 2017. He can bat for a very long time when the side needs him to.

5. Ben Stokes

The stand-in skipper Stokes will relish the challenge of leading (Image – SkySports)

Ben Stokes has been called to step in as the stand-in skipper for England and there will be a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. There will be a lot of expectations from him as he takes the field on Wednesday, as the action resumes.

Stokes will be aiming to deliver with both the bat and ball as the English welcome the Windies.

6. Jason Holder

Jason Holder will be aiming to lead his side to a crucial win (Image – SportsGalleries)

Jason Holder has been delivering well for his side in the past many years. The 28-year-old has very much impressed with both the Bat and ball, as he will be leading the side after the resumption, there will be a lot of hopes from him to deliver the best.

England Squad

Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

West Indies Squad

Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer and Kemar Roach.

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