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 - VIDEO: MS Dhoni-Style No-Look Runout by Zimbabwe's Regis Chakabva Can be Watched on Loop
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 - Colombo Weather Forecast For July 23, SL vs Ind 3rd ODI: Rain, Thunderstorm Likely to Play Spoilsport in R. Premadasa Stadium on Friday
This is a much-awaited Test as it will be the first time international cricket will resume in the post COVID-19 world. Also Read - India's Predicted Playing XI For 3rd ODI vs Sri Lanka: Sanju Samson Could Replace Ishan Kishan Kishan, Varun Chakravarthy May Debut
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.