When England and West Indies’ team walk out onto the lush Ageas Bowl field on Wednesday (July 08), it will be a landmark moment for international cricket after a 117-day hiatus.
The circumstances will be surreal with the coronavirus pandemic meaning no fans will be present in the bio-secure environment – the only sounds being the thump of leather on willow, the chit-chat between the players and some piped-in crowd effects.
So far, England have hosted 21 bilateral Test series against West Indies and comfortably leads the charts with 11 series win and have remained untroubled by the visitors during their last six visits.
The Caribbeans have sealed the Test series on eight occasions, but those victories came during the golden days of West Indies Cricket, and their last triumph against England (4-0) came way back in 1988 under the leadership of Sir Vivian Richards.
Fixtures and match timings (All times in GMT)
- 1st Test: 08-12 July 2020 (Wednesday to Sunday) at Ageas Bowl, Southampton – 10:00 AM
- 2nd Test: 16-20 July 2020 (Thursday to Monday) at Old Trafford, Manchester – 10:00 AM
- 3rd Test: 24-28 July 2020 (Friday to Tuesday) at Old Trafford, Manchester – 10:00 AM
England squad (1st Test): Ben Stokes (c), Jos Buttler (wk), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
England Reserve Players: Ben Foakes (wk), Haveames Bracey, Sam Curran, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Olly Stone
West Indies squad: Jason Holder (c), Shane Dowrich (wk), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach
West Indies Reserve Players: Anderson Phillip, Sunil Ambris, Shannon Gabriel, Cheyne Moseley, Keon Harding, Joshua Da Silva, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warricanas
Live stream and telecast details:
Sky Sports reserves the official broadcast rights for the Test series, and they will telecast the matches exclusively on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main event in the UK. Live streaming lovers can catch the action on SkyGo app.
Viewers residing in West Indies can catch live action on Flow Sports.
Indian cricket fans can catch the action on Sony sports channels Sony Six, Sony Six HD and stream the games on their OTT platform Sony Liv. Jio users can watch the action live on JioTV.
Meanwhile, the following channels will share the live feed in other countries:
- Australia: FoxSports
- Bangladesh: Gazi TV
- Ireland: Sky Sport
- Pakistan: Sony Network
- New Zealand: Sky Sports Nz
- Canada: ATN Cricket
- USA: Willow TV
- Middle East and North Africa: OSN Sports
- South Africa: Super Sports