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England v West Indies 3rd Test: ‘The only thing that might help the Windies is that there’s a bit of rain around’

July 20, 2020 England's Ollie Pope catches out West Indies' Kemar Roach to win the test
July 20, 2020 England's Ollie Pope catches out West Indies' Kemar Roach to win the test
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Previewing the England v West Indies 3rd Test, to be played at Emirates Old Trafford starting tomorrow, the former England Captain, Michael Vaughan said -  ‘the only thing that might help the Windies there’s a bit of rain around’

Michael Vaughan also went on to say that England’s Ben Stokes is “without question the best cricketer in the world”, at the moment.

“Ben Stokes is up to third in the world rankings just for his batting in Test cricket and he is the number one all-rounder in the world now,” Vaughan told William Hill. “Where would England be without him? If you look at the last two years, every single England win you could argue that Ben Stokes played the pivotal role.

“He is without question the best cricketer in the world, in my opinion. I just don’t see anyone better than him in an all-round contest. If you’re picking a world XI in all three formats, ‘B. Stokes’ would be number one [in each].”

 According to William Hill ambassador Michael Vaughan, another England player to catch Vaughan’s eye has been Dominic Sibley, who helped lay the foundations for the victory against the West Indies in the second Test with a first innings knock of 120 from 372 balls.

“I was impressed with Dom Sibley [in the second Test],” Vaughan said. “I thought he played the right way, his way.

“England have been crying out for that since Alastair Cook left the England side, someone who bats time. And if you’ve got an opening batsman that can face 300 balls, nullify the opposition and wear them down…well, Dom, carry on in that fashion.”

Vaughan felt England had too much for the West Indies in the second Test and is predicting another strong display from the home side at Old Trafford.

“England were just too powerful [in the second Test] and I expect that to carry on in the third Test,” Vaughan said. “The only thing that might help the West Indies is there’s a bit of rain around. If they can bat first, as Friday looks a good forecast, then Rahkeem Cornwall, the off-spinner, it looks like he may play, so you just never know…

“If West Indies can get 300-350, we know that this England Test match team can faulter under that kind of pressure. But I just think England have got too much – too much power, too many players now in decent form. If the rain doesn’t come, which [if it did] would obviously help the draw, then I think England will win convincingly once again.”

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Here's a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), James Anderson/Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach

West Indies - Kraigg Brathwaite, Shayne Moseley, Shamarh Brooks, Joshua Da Silva(wk), Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder(c), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Rahkeem Cornwall

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