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First Test England vs WI: Spinners Should Dominate says Ganga

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THE first Test between West Indies and England bowls off on Wednesday at Rose Bowl, Southampton.

It is the first Test series to be played amid coronavirus pandemic.

It is also West Indies first series against England since they lost the last one at home in February 2019.

Captaining the West Indies team will be Jason Holder while Ben Stokes is stand-in captain for England.

That’s because Joe Root will miss the match this week for the first time since 2014 to attend the birth of his second child.

Eyes will be on the likes of Ben Stokes and Joe Denly with batting averages of 41.21 and 34.85 respectively.

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They will be coming up against the likes of Kemar Roach and Jason Holder who both have admirable economy rates of 2.50 and 2.27.

As to conditions on the field, Commentator Daren Ganga told ESPN on Tuesday: “We got to respect the statistics at the venue, spinners dominate.”

He said, “There’s a reason for that. If you look at the previous test matches that England played at that venue, they were against Sri Lanka and India, very spin dominant teams.”

Ganga added, “Naturally you would expect that spinners would bowl a lot of overs and they would probably be more successful than the seamers.”

The squads:

ENGLAND WEST INDIES
Ben Stokes Jason Holder
Dom Bess Jermaine Blackwood
Rory Burns Nkrumah Bonner
Zak Crawley Kraigg Brathwaite
Ollie Pope Shamarh Brooks
Chris Woakes John Campbell
James Anderson Roston Chase
Jofra Archer Rahkeem Cornwall
Stuart Broad Shane Dowrich
Jos Buttler Shannon Gabriel
Joe Denly Chemar Holder
Dom Sibley Shai Hope
Mark Wood Alzarri Joseph
Raymon Reifer
Kemar Roach
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