England are solid favourites although history is on the side of the underdog West Indies ahead of the first Test of the three-match series starting on Wednesday at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Riding a wave of five consecutive victories – eight in nine matches going back to the last English summer – which includes series wins over top-ranked India and an historic sweep in Sri Lanka, the tourists appear supremely confident of overturning the disappointments of their last two Caribbean campaigns.
England have only won one Test series in the West Indies in the past 50 years, a 3-0 triumph in 2004, and failed to live up to expectations in 2009, when they lost 1-0, and again in 2015 when a five-wicket triumph inside three days by the unfancied hosts at the same Kensington Oval venue resulted in a shared series.
Here’s is the dream 11 for West Indies vs England 1st Test at Barbados.
Jason Holder, Joe Root, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Keaton Jennings, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Shane Dowrich.