Matthew Wade is set to step into the Australian side to replace Usman Khawaja, who has been ruled out the World Cup with a hamstring injury.
Coach Justin Langer has confirmed the news and has revealed that Wade is now set to step in. Mitchell Marsh has also been called up to the squad to provide cover for Marcus Stoinis, who is struggling with a side strain.
“It’s such a pity for Khawaja, for someone who’s been so integral to how we’ve been playing,” said Langer.
“But Matthew Wade is coming in, he’s in great form, he’s had a great 12 or 18 months back home but he also just scored two hundreds [for Australia A] so he’s in great nick.
“Mitch Marsh is going to come in on standby for Marcus Stoinis just to see how he comes up. If they have to come in they’ll be ready to step up.”
Both sides also wore the Black Lives Matter logo on their collars.
Persistent rain meant only 17 overs were completed before an early tea break.
Both teams took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before play got under way.
Two minutes’ silence were also observed.
England and West Indies players took the knee ahead of the First Test in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
England displayed names of key workers, including nurse practitioner Tom Field, on their training shirts to honour their work in the Covid-19 crisis.
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The toss for the first Test has been pushed back.
The Red Rose could be without a home venue as Emirates Old Trafford is being used by England as a ‘bio-secure venue’ this summer.
Persistent drizzle in Southampton has put back the return of international cricket.