West Indies youngsters are learning very fast, I am saying that because of their performance in the second match v first match. In their first match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua, India won by an innings and 92 runs but in their second match at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica match drawn because West Indies blast their second innings with 388 runs six wickets down. Now it looks like their third test will be a great competition.
Both captains felt on the eve of the match that St Lucia will offer pace and carry for the quick bowlers through the five days. The pitch had an even covering of grass on Monday, though it did not look as green and alive as the surface in Kingston before the second Test. Scattered showers, though mild, have fallen over St Lucia in the days leading up to the Test. Rain is expected in the first four days of the match too.
West Indies won the toss and choose to bowl first.
Jason Holder, West Indies captain: We showed signs of improvement in the last game in Jamaica. Important to continue and make a steady progression. We are hoping it can carry over into the bowling as well. It is about adding to the wickets column. Two changes: Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph makes his debut at the expense of Bishoo and Johnson comes in for Chandrika. The surface will offer something early on.
Big calls from Kohli. No Vijay, No Pujara.
West Indies team
KC Brathwaite, LR Johnson, DM Bravo, MN Samuels, J Blackwood, RL Chase, SO Dowrich†, JO Holder*, ML Cummins, AS Joseph, ST Gabriel.
S Dhawan, KL Rahul, RG Sharma, V Kohli*, AM Rahane, R Ashwin, WP Saha†, RA Jadeja, I Sharma, Mohammed Shami, B Kumar.
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Test match | 2016 season
Played at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet
9,10,11,12,13 August 2016 (5-day match)
Umpires – NJ Llong and RJ Tucker
TV umpire – GO Brathwaite
Match referee – RS Madugalle
Reserve umpire – N Duguid