England v West Indies
With only a couple of months before The Ashes, Joe Root calls on the England team to adapt and thrive with the pink ball in today’s opening day-night Test. The maiden Test against West Indies will require the England players to think on their feet, adapt accordingly and target a clean sweep in the three-game series. “It’s an opportunity for the guys in this series to stamp their mark” states Root prior to the team’s last assignment before defending the Ashes down under.
“A step into the unknown”- Stuart Broad
Ahead of the first of three tests, Stuart Broad acknowledges the build-up this week regarding the pink Dukes ball that softens after the opening burst, the effect of twilight in the evening session and the impact on body clocks influencing fatigue across the Test, Root adds “I’m expecting it to be tough, Test cricket always is”, the Myprotein sponsored captain will break an England record if he passes 50 with the bat in a 11th successive Test match.
“It was my turn for the coffee run”- Mark Stoneman
The left-handed Stoneman, who replaces Keaton Jennings may have missed the all-so-important phone call from Mr. Whitaker (National selector) whilst grabbing a coffee, but will the 30-year old county-campaigner get off to a strong start and book a place in this winter’s Ashes? Root describes this as “a huge opportunity” to join the long list of partners, including Alastair Cook.
“It might be slightly different when the lights come on” – Joe Root
After an exclusive photo shoot with Myprotein, Root and the team prepared for the day-night conditions at Birmingham on Monday evening. The second Ashes test in Adelaide, alongside a Test in New Zealand, will also be played under lights and although there have been concerns about how the pink ball might behave, Root hasn’t witnessed any great differences and is confident his team will approach this match the same way as a traditional Test.
“It’s to avoid confusion” – Neil Snowball
Throughout the three-day Test at Edgbaston, intervals will remain recognised as “lunch” and “tea” and will last the same length of time – 40 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for tea. Neil believes this will prepare the team for the ahead Tests in Australia, where interval terms continue. With play due to finish at 9 pm local time, the broad spoke of players will require adequate levels of energy through nutrition, Root adds “I always make sure there is food available, along with protein shakes”.
“A series win” – Jason Holder
Jason Holder (West Indies captain) believes the traveling Windies are “huge underdogs” and that pace bowling is their strength in the shape of Roach, Gabriel, and Joseph. He elaborates that runs will be their concern whilst also adding “a series win” would be a success.
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