ENG vs WI, 1st Test, Southampton Live Score, Day 1

10:40 pm IST: Its stumps on Day 1, it has been a start-stop day, as rain interrupted play time and again. ENG: 35/1 Also Read - Wasim Akram Criticises Pakistan Captain Azhar Ali's Leadership in First Test Against England, Says He Missed a Trick

9:35 pm IST: Rain again stops play and it seems with more covers coming in, it is difficult for play to start again. Also Read - ICC ODI Rankings: Kohli, Rohit Maintain Hold Over Top-Two Batting Slots as England And Ireland Players Move Upwards

09:15 pm IST: England steady ship after the loss of early wicket. At tea, the hosts are 35 for one. Also Read - ENG vs PAK Dream11 Team Tips, Pakistan in England 2020: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Hints England vs Pakistan, 1st Test at Old Trafford, Manchester at 3:30 PM IST Wednesday August 5

08:00 pm IST: Play resumes, but conditions do not look promising.

7:30 pm IST: Rain, once again comes in to halt play. This time the delay could be longer as more covers have been brought in to cover the ground.

7:12 pm IST: Play resumes after another short rain interruption, but bad light prevails.

Over 1.4: OUT! West Indies have struck early. Shannon Gabriel has cleaned up Dom Sibley for a four-ball duck as England lose their first wicket. Joe Denly walks in at No. 3

6:32 pm IST: Kemar Roach with the new ball. On-strike is Rory Burns and with him is Dominic Silbey

Playing XIs

West Indies: John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (captain), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes (captain), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, James Anderson

6:02 pm IST: England win toss and opt to bat first

5:55 pm IST: So covers are off, and we will have toss in 10 minutes!

4:36 pm IST: The ground still fit enough for toss. Meanwhile, they will be taking an early lunch at 5:00 pm (IST) and then there will be another inspection.

3:45 pm IST: Argh! The rain returns and so do the covers.

3:40 pm IST: So the latest update from Southampton is that the rain has finally stopped. And we will have the toss in few minutes

3:00 pm IST: Hello folks! The toss has been delayed as it’s drizzling in Southampton right now.

International cricket resumes today in extraordinary circumstances with changes that would have been deemed unrealistic just a few months back. England and West Indies cricketers will be the first to step into the unknown, following the strict heath guidelines and protocols necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

The focus will not just be on the cricket actin but also on the extent to which players can adhere to the ‘new normal’. Breaking old habits something they have cultivated since the time they first held a cricket bat or ball will surely not be an easy task.

Nor will be it easy to not hug a teammate or indulge in high-fives after uprooting the middle stump or completing century. Applying saliva is a thing of the past, for the time being. There will be breaks for cleaning stumps and bails. Cricketers cannot share water bottles, towels and other things.

But the more visible change will be the empty stadiums. No spectators will be allowed inside the venue. Only cricketers and match officials apart from broadcasters and media will be permitted.

While cricketers have accepted it will be strange to play under such circumstances, they will get used to the new situation.

The series will also lay down the marker for other cricket tournaments. Some have termed it as the litmus test.

Squads

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

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