England vs the West Indies – Who Will Seize the Test Series Win?
Cricket fans would be forgiven for thinking England would definitely win the series after the first Test match last month. England trounced their opponents with seeming ease, taking just three of the five days to secure the win. They triumphed by an innings and 209 runs, having taken an impressive nineteen wickets within a single day, much to the delight of the Edgbaston crowd.
To the surprise of cricket experts everywhere, however, the visitors turned the tables on England at Headingley in the second Test. The West Indies won the match by five wickets to secure their first Test match victory on English soil since 2000. Shai Hope made history in the process; he became the first player to reach a century in each innings of a first-class tie at the famous cricket ground.
While some have criticised Joe Root’s decision to declare for England towards the end of the fourth day, Trevor Bayliss, the team’s head coach, claimed that the problem lay elsewhere. He told the Telegraph that England’s bowlers were “a little bit two sides of the wicket and a little bit short”, and that they let the Windies “off the hook with balls on the hip or easy four balls”. This clearly isn’t something that England want to do when playing Australia later in the year, with the coveted Ashes cricket trophy at stake.
Moving Forward – What Lessons Have Been Learned So Far?
According to James Anderson, England need to improve if they want to win down under. Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “We can’t go over there, be inconsistent, and expect to win a series — or any series, to be honest”.