West Indies vs England LIVE SCORECARD: Follow day one of first Test
West Indies vs England LIVE SCORECARD: Follow the latest from day one of the first Test in Barbados
- England begin first of a three-match Test series with West Indies on Wednesday
- Joe Root’s side looking to build on their historic whitewash of Sri Lanka
- Stuart Broad has been left out again with Sam Curran and Adil Rashid in the team
England have selected Sam Curran and Adil Rashid over Stuart Broad and Jack Leach in the first Test against the West Indies in Barbados.
The selection represented a blow for Broad, who has now been left out for rising star Curran in three of England’s last four Tests after a decade as first-choice.
Leach was also left disappointed, edged out as second spinner by Rashid despite finishing the recent tour of Sri Lanka as the tourists’ joint top wicket-taker.
England captain Joe Root lost the toss and was asked to field first by opposite number Jason Holder.
England begin their second tour of the winter in the first of a three-match Test series in Barbados.
Joe Root will be looking to build on the historic 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka late last year as they aim for a first series win in the Caribbean since 2004.
Root has returned to the spin formula that reaped such rich reward on the sub-continent.
The Kensington groundstaff have been busy watering the pitch this week, which may have led England to once again drop senior bowler Broad.
The tourists had one final look at the pitch before the start of play then selected spin twins Moeen Ali and Rashid.
Curran returns after missing the final Test in Sri Lanka as Root looks to add balance to his side.
‘If we’re in a position to leave someone of Stuart’s stature out it’s not due to a lack of form or ability on his part or that his career’s coming to an end,’ said the England captain on Tuesday.
‘Far from it. He’s actually getting stronger and taking hat-tricks in warm-up games.
‘If anything it would be because we’re looking to balance the team up in these conditions. From that hopefully we will become more consistent away from home.’
Play gets underway at the Kensington Oval at 14.00 GMT.
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