Third Test Preview: West Indies vs England


England go into the third and final Test match in Barbados looking to win the series after a James Anderson inspired bowling performance on the last propelled them to a nine-wicket win in the second Test in Grenada to go one-nil up in the series.

It will be sweet revenge for the Three Lions if they win after losing the last Test series they played in the Caribbean when they lost one-nil to a Chris Gayle led West Indies in 2009.

There is some concern for the hosts about the fitness of allrounder Jason Holder, who fell awkwardly while bowling in the last Test. Holder scored a century in the first match of the series so the Windies will want him fit.

England are thinking of throwing leg-spinner Adil Rashid into the starting team as the Barbados track looks to be favouring the spinners over the last few years.

However England don't have a history of changing a winning formula so Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan should play in again. Opener Jonathan Trott could also be playing for his place in this Test.

Key Men

Batsman Joe Root is again going to the visitors main man in the batting department. Already a regular in the side, all the talk lately is that Root is definitely a future England captain.

For the Windies the are going to need to take 20 wickets to win the match and draw the series, so fast bowler Kemar Roach will be the key player. He has to strike upfront if the home side want to stand a chance.

Last Five Head-To-Head Results

2015 Second Test: England won by nine wickets
2015 First Test: Match drawn in Antigua
2012 Third Test: Match drawn in Birmingham
2012 Second Test: England won by 9 wickets in Nottingham
2012 First Test: England won by 5 wickets at Lord's


West Indies: Denesh Ramdin (captain, wicketkeeper), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice-captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor.

England: Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali


The one thing we can say is that the Windies will not draw the series. So that means either an England win or maybe a dull draw. It all depends on the away side and what sort of intent they want to play with.

Dates: 01-05 May
Morning session: 10:00-12:00 (14:00-16:00 GMT)
Afternoon session: 12:40-14:40 (16:40-18:40 GMT)
Evening session: 15:00-17:00 (19:00-21:00 GMT)
On-field umpires: Billy Bowden, Bruce Oxenford
Third umpire: Steve Davis
Match referee: Andy Pycroft