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Stuart Broad gets unwelcome feedback from County pals on pink ball conditions

Stuart Broad gets unwelcome feedback from County pals on pink ball conditions”

The match is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm local time.

The first of a three-match campaign starts at Edgbaston on Thursday with the inaugural day/night Test in England.

England lost their last Test against the West Indies in Barbados two years ago, a result that saw Peter Moores sacked as coach after a 1-1 series draw against opposition England & Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves had described as "mediocre".

Garner is anticipating a keenly fought contest.

"Of course you want [the top order] to be settled". "We don't know if this is going to be the first of many or whether it's a one-off but we thought it was easier to explain". They are a good team - a better one than West Indies for sure - but remain more than capable of throwing in a truly awful performance.

After missing the entire Test series against South Africa, the all-rounder had hoped to make his global comeback on his home ground this week.

As much as England have struggled to find a stable top three the West Indies are looking to establish virtually their entire top six at this level.

Stuart Law, West Indies' coach, has only been in the job for a few months but Garner said he had begun to push the players to be better prepared physically for the rigours of the worldwide game.

"It's just for our batsmen to make some runs", said Holder.

'That was one of the highlights of my career to step on the Edgbaston turf, and (to) win a game the way we did on that last day was pretty incredible. There were hundreds for Kyle Hope, Shai Hope and Roston Chase, as well as 92 for Kieran Powell but the batting remains the tourists' weaker suit. "There's been a lot said about this (West Indies) cricket team, and that is motivation for them", Law explained.

England made a promising start to life under Joe Root, defeating South Africa heavily at Lord's, The Oval and Old Trafford, although they did fall to a crushing defeat in the second Test at Trent Bridge.

We are less sure about how the pink ball will behave or how good this West Indies team will be.

"We're obviously huge underdogs", said Holder, their 25-year-old captain, who added that his side would try make it uncomfortable for England's senior players in the hope that this pressure transfers to newcomers such as Stoneman and the recently capped Tom Westley and Dawid Malan.

Sir Curtly said the inexperience in the squad is a "serious problem".

Starting out in Test cricket age 30, Stoneman has a chance to pitch for a place on the plane to Australia for this winter's Ashes.

The hosts have opted to hand Stoneman his maiden Test cap and he will slot in to replace Keaton Jennings, who has been in wretched form in recent times, having scored just 127 runs in the recently-concluded four-match Test series against South Africa.

"He (Woakes) will have definitely wanted to play here but with the lack of game time he's had, it felt like another week of loading up on overs making sure he's absolutely ready coming back from a serious injury is important". In England this century they have been singularly unsuccessful on Test tours. But there are other concerns for the players, who will presumably have a hearty lunch at, well, lunchtime before taking the field for the first session. They have won three away Tests (with the same caveat) in that period.

"That's where we're at, at the minute, and I think Toby [Roland-Jones] deserves his opportunity here".



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