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Windies vs England, 2nd Test: Fantain Fantasy Cricket Tips

After a stunning win in the 1-Test, the Windies look to inflict further damage to the battered English ego.

Jason Holder and Roston Chase
Jason Holder and Roston Chase. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Very few would have believed a fortune teller that might have predicted a 381 run win for the Windies in the first Test. The end result would have left England shell-shocked. Joe Root only had a few days to ponder over what struck his squad before lining up at Antigua.

Venue

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

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The tracker on offer looks unlike the traditional pitches at Antigua that are slow and offer turn. This one though has a visible tinge of surface grass – good enough to get the pacers on both sides excited

Avg 1st inn score: 307

Avg 2nd inn score: 363

Avg 3rd inn score: 244

Avg 4th inn score: 239

Highest Total: 566/8 (161.5 Ov) by IND vs WI

Lowest Total: 43/10 (18.4 Ov) by BAN vs WI

Highest Chased: 102/1 (19.3 Ov) by WI vs NZ

Form Factor

England: L, W, W, W, W.

Windies: W, L, L, L, L.

Likely Playing XI – Windies

John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Shane Dowrich, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican and Shannon Gabriel.

Note that Jomel Warrican could be up for selection should the pitch doctors foresee turn in the later part of the Test. If this were to happen Alzarri could be the one to miss out.

England – 12 man Squad announced

Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (C), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jack Leach.

Note that Keaton Jennings, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood have been omitted from the squad for this Test. Also, Adil Rashid and his wife are expecting a child and therefore, the leg-spinner will be flying back home.

Stuart Broad was miffed about being left out in the squad for the 1st Test. He comes right back into the mix here.

More importantly, note that Joe Denlyhas been set-up to debut in this Test.

Hot Picks

For the Windies, Roach, Hetmyerand Shannon Gabriel are important players

With a personal best of 202 in the 1st Test, Jason Holder cemented his place amongst the all-time greats of Windies cricket. Since 2018, the Windies skipper has amassed 543 Test runs at a stunning average of 54.3. You ought to pick him in your Fantain Fantasy XI as his bowing abilities make him a top-class all-rounder in world at the moment

As for England, the onus is once again on Joe Root to shepherd the batting. Jimmy Anderson will lead the bowling unit as always and will be bolstered by the return of bowling-mate Stuard Broad. Moeen Ali is also an important all-rounder for England and he could be vital should the pitch start to break up and turn as the Test progresses.

Fantain Fantasy XI

Player Role Credits
S Dowrich Wk-Keeper 8
A Joseph  Bowler 8
K Roach  Bowler 9
J Anderson  Bowler 9
Joe Root Batsman 11
Jos Buttler Batsman 9
S Hetmyer Batsman 8
Moeen Ali All-Rounder 8
J Holder ( C ) All-Rounder 10
Ben Stokes All-Rounder 10
R Chase (VC) All-Rounder 9

Note: The number alongside the player indicates the associated player salary.

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