England v West Indies Cricket Test series: When does first Test match begin? UK Time, TV Coverage, Location, Squads

Joe Root will lead his team for the first time since their catastrophe in Australia as they play the West Indies this week

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England will take on their first Test Match since their disastrous Ashes series as they take on West Indies on Tuesday.

Joe Root and his men have had an intense reshuffle since the end of the Ashes series with a new coach, and managing director.

Paul Collingwood has taken on the temporary role of coach as they search for a more permanent position while Sir Andrew Strauss is the new managing director.

Not only has the coaching and backroom staff outfit changed but Strauss and Root have made some astonishing changes to their squad.

The upcoming tour against the Windies will not feature England’s two all time best bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

In a decision that has caused and intense split in opinion, Strauss took the decision to bring in younger and newer blood into the tour and leave out two of the bowlers that brought more light to the Ashes tour than many of the batters did.

Former England captain Nasser Hussein spoke on Sky Sports’ The Cricket Show saying: “It’s not like they’re a spent force and a couple of fading old bowlers hanging on, they’ve been performing their skills as recently as the Ashes.

“You cannot tell me that if England’s next Test match was the World Test Championship final, even in Antigua, you wouldn’t take Stuart Broad or James Anderson? Of course you would, and that’s how we’ve got to treat every game.

Broad, left, and Anderson helped lead their team to a draw in Sydney Ashes Test MatchBroad, left, and Anderson helped lead their team to a draw in Sydney Ashes Test Match
Broad, left, and Anderson helped lead their team to a draw in Sydney Ashes Test Match

“Everyone is droppable and nobody has a Godgiven right to play for England, as you can tap anyone on the shoulder and say you’re not playing. I think Anderson and Broad, for everything they’ve done and everything they’ve been through, they deserve better than just being dropped when they’re two senior bowlers still producing the goods.”

With two bowlers who have a combined total of 1177 wickets between them, Saqib Mahmood has been given a spot in the Test side along with Alex Lees and Matthew Fisher.

Here is all you need to know ahead of the England v West Indies test match

When is the first Test Match against the West Indies?

England will play in their first test match against Kraigg Brathwaite’s side from Tuesday 8 March 2022 and, if all days are needed, the match will conclude on 12 March 2022.

What are the timings for the West Indies test match?

The match will start every day at 2pm GMT and will go on until around 9 or 10 pm GMT.

Where is the first Test match being played?

Sir Vivian Richards stadium will play host to the first Test Match. The ground is located in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda and was first built for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

Between 2007 and 2019, England have played a total of three matches at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and have drawn two and lost one.

Brathwaite will captain the West IndiesBrathwaite will captain the West Indies
Brathwaite will captain the West Indies

How to watch England v West Indies Test Match

All of the action will be available to watch on BT Sport and on the BT Sport app.

England Cricket and BBC Sport will show short highlights of the day’s play but every ball will be available with BT.

Subscription for BT Sport starts at around £15/month.

What is England and West Indies record?

Over the years, the two sides have played 160 Test matches and the West Indies have won 58 of these with England winning 51.

The last Test Match was played in July 2020 with England taking the win.

During the three Test match series, the West Indies won one and England won two. The first match was won by the Windies by four wickets, the second was won by England by 113 runs and the third by 269 runs.

Who’s in the Squads?

The players have not yet been named but here are the list of squads set to play this series:

England: Joe Root (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley, Matthew Fisher, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Anderson Philip, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales

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