West Indies coach, Phil Simmons, has warned of possible top-order changes for the series finale, following his batsmen’s failure to convert promising starts into major scores, during the 113-run defeat by England in the second Test at Old Trafford on Monday.
Whereas England built a first-innings total of 469-9 declared on the back of hundreds from Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley, no West Indies batsman has yet made a century in a three-match campaign now all square at 1-1.
Only opener Kraigg Brathwaite among the tourists’ top three has so far passed 28 in either of the first two Tests, with both John Campbell and Shai Hope struggling.
With the third Test set to start at Old Trafford on Friday, Simmons, “They haven’t fired, so we’ve got to take that into consideration over the next couple of days.”
West Indies batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer both declined invitations to tour England for a series, taking place against the backdrop of the global coronavirus pandemic.
But reserve wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva, who made an unbeaten century in the second intra-squad warm-up match, could now come into consideration, with back-up opener Shayne Moseley another option for the tourists.
Although they hold the Wisden Trophy following a 2-1 success over Joe Root’s men in the Caribbean last year, you have to go back to 1988 for the last time the West Indies won a Test series in England.