After a three-month break, due to the unfortunate coronavirus pandemic that brought all sporting events to a halt, cricket is set to resume as England host West Indies at Ageas Bowl, Southampton for the first Test. Also Read - IPL 2020: From Cheerleaders to WAGS, Things You Will Not See During T20 Tournament in UAE Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The hosts have already announced a 13-man squad for the Test and the side would be led by Ben Stokes – who will lead the side for the first time in the absence of regular skipper Joe Root – who has become a father for the second time. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and off-spinner Moeen Ali are set to miss the opening Test. Also Read - India Confirmed Hosts For 2021 ICC T20 World Cup, Australia to Host T20 World Cup in 2022
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England will have a good pace battery going into the Test. They have Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson.
Squad: Ben Stokes (C), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawly, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
The Windies have not yet announced their squad as yet for the keenly-awaited Test.