God wasn’t it good to have Test cricket back?
England’s 2-1 series win against the West Indies served as a real reminder of just how special the longest form of the game is.
After losing the series opener, Chris Silverwood’s side bounced back to claim the series win with consecutive victories at Old Trafford – ensuring that Joe Root became the last captain ever to lift the Wisden Trophy.
England have named an unchanged side for the first Test against Pakistan, which gets underway on the 5th of August, but before the focus switches to that series here are five takeaways from the triumph against the Windies…
England’s bouncebackability proves key once again
Just as we saw in South Africa, England’s ability to bounce back after losing the opening game of the series proved key against Jason Holder’s men.
It’s a fantastic trait to have, shows the confidence in the group and is something that will likely prove useful to Root’s side again in the future – though they’ll be hoping they won’t need it in future series.
Silverwood’s style of play is becoming clear
England’s current coach may have been present during the Trevor Bayliss era but what’s becoming increasingly clear is that his preferred style of play is quite different from his predecessor.
The shift to a more conservative style was clear in this series with England batting their opponents out of the game with big first innings totals in both the second and third Tests.
He appears to favour a more traditional type of Test cricket and as we saw against the Windies, that can be successful.
The openers cemented their places
A big part of England’s new style of play is reliant on their opening batsmen building a strong foundation, and Rory Burns and Dom Sibley outlined in this series that they’re the right men for the job.
Both are unorthodox in their style and sometimes it isn’t pretty but my god is it effective. Only the magician ‘Sir’ Ben Stokes scored more runs in the series than England’s openers, who have cemented their places at the top of the order without any doubt.
England have an embarrassment of fast bowling riches
England headed into the series in a rather unusual position in that they’re full seam bowling attack was fit and raring to go.
Jimmy Anderson, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood all got a chance during the three-Test series and further outlined just what a talented set of bowlers Root has at his disposal.
Anderson and Broad’s further outlined their place among the greats – the latter passing 500 Test wickets – while Woakes and Curran showed their quality in English conditions and the fierce pace of Archer and Wood was on show.
England have an embarrassment of fast bowling riches, it’s going to be interesting to see how they use them against Pakistan.
The West Indies deserve a huge amount of credit
Stuart Broad has labelled them the “heroes of the summer” and we tend to agree with him. For Holder and his side to agree to come over to England when they did was massive for cricket in this country and the world game.
It cannot have been an easy decision and the extended period that they have spent inside the bio-secure bubble will have been very difficult.
They deserve a huge amount of credit for ensuring this historic series could take place and for the part they played in making it so entertaining. Thank you, Windies!
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