Windies put England in to bat as Broad returns

West Indies captain Jason Holder (3R) looks on as Garfield Sobers (R), presents debutant John Campbell (L) with his cap before the start of the first Test against England in Barbados. (AFP pic)

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA: West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and put England in to bat at the start of the second Test of the three-match series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday.

Following their comprehensive 381-run victory inside four days in the first Test in Barbados a week earlier, the home side have predictably named an unchanged XI.

England, who have never won a Test match in Antigua, are giving a debut to Joe Denly as opening partner with Rory Burns while senior fast-medium bowler Stuart Broad returns to the team in place of leg-spinner Adil Rashid after being surprisingly dropped for the opening encounter.


West Indies – Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wicketkeeper), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel

England – Joe Root (captain), Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes (wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)