ENG vs WI 2024: West Indies announce their playing XI for Lord’s Test

Jul 10, 2024

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The West Indies have opted for a bowling-heavy selection for the first Test against England at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground, starting on Wednesday (July 10). The playing boasts four frontline seamers and a lone specialist spinner, highlighting their strategy to exploit potential swing and seam movement under English skies.

Kraigg Brathwaite, the captain, will lead the batting line-up, aiming for a strong start in the series. A newcomer to the Test scene, Mikyle Louis, has received his maiden call-up and will feature as a bowling all-rounder, offering batting support down the order.

Jason Holder bolsters West Indies’ bowling attack

The experienced all-rounder, Jason Holder, makes a much-anticipated return to the Test squad after missing the T20 World Cup due to injury. His inclusion strengthens the bowling attack significantly, adding valuable experience and wicket-taking prowess.

Gudakesh Motie carries the spin burden

Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie is the sole specialist spinner in the lineup. While part-time options like Kavem Hodge and Alick Athanaze offer spin support, Motie’s primary responsibility will be to exploit any turn available on the Lord’s pitch.

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West Indies’ playing XI for first Test against England:

Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Alick Athanaze, Kirk McKenzie, Kavem Hodge, Jason Holder, Joshua da Silva (wk), Gudakesh Motie, Mikyle Louis (debut), Alzarri Joseph, Shamar Joseph, Jayden Seales

Will West Indies’ bowling strategy pay off?

The West Indies’ decision to go in with a bowling-heavy lineup has sparked discussions. While it capitalizes on potential swing bowling conditions, it might leave the batting vulnerable against a strong England batting order.

The upcoming game will be a test of this strategy, with all eyes on how the West Indies bowlers fare against the likes of Joe Root and Ben Stokes. The battle between bat and ball promises to be an exciting spectacle at Lord’s.

Also READ: ENG vs WI 2024, 1st Test – Match Prediction, Dream11 Team, Fantasy Tips & Pitch Report | England vs West Indies

 

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