England name unchanged squad from Windies game for 1st Test against Pak

Ross Houston
August 2, 2020

Veteran fast bowler Courtney Walsh believes that West Indies made a mistake by inviting England to bat first after winning the toss in the second and third Tests.

The 34-year-old took his 500th Test wicket on the final day of the third Test on Tuesday, helping the hosts secure victory by 269 runs.

"I'm sure everytime I write something about Stuart Broad, people relate to him getting hit for six sixes!"

"He's simply providing items time after time. He takes wickets in clusters, he's a nightmare to play against". It must be a great feeling for him that he can lie in bed at night knowing that when it gets tough he delivers for England, and in pressure situations.

"The top sides have players that average more than 45, which is where West Indies are lacking", he said.

Just like the Windies, Pakistan will also play the three-match Test series, starting from August 05 at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.

Former captain says England will have to be on their A-game against Pakistan in order to ace the series.

"If something doesn't happen soon we'll see less global cricket being played by smaller countries because we simply can't afford it".

Walsh, however, credited the return to the England team after their loss in the first Test.

The Test series will be followed by three T20Is to be played at a single venue in Manchester on 28 August, 30 August and 1 September respectively.

The competitors will see clubs divided into 3 local groups of 6, with counties playing the opposites in their group when and the leading 2 points scorers throughout the groups advancing to the last at Lord's.

"I just think it's brilliant. What a legend of a guy and to play for his name is brilliant", Cook stated.

"Depending on conditions, I think Broady's probably got the upper hand - not because of age, that's got nothing to do with it - but with his skillset, seaming the ball off the deck rather than swinging it through the air".

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