England Must Be Wary Of Wounded West Indies

Ahead of England's Test with the West Indies Stuart Broad says the side that adapts best to the conditions will win the first day-night test in England

Joe Root led from the front with a century as England took charge against the West Indies on the opening day of the inaugural day/night Test on English soil at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Despite this, England are considered favourites to win the three-Test series, but Root warned his side not to let their guard down against a young West Indies side that will be looking to win their first Test series in England since 1988.

Uncapped leg-spinner Mason Crane also misses out.

"But if there's a city that's got the capability of holding day-night cricket in Bangladesh, India, the West Indies, England, wherever it may be, and they think it's more feasible to get people through the gate in the evening, it's important to adapt to that".

"I am expecting it to be tough, as Test cricket always is", said Root, who will break an England record if he passes 50 with the bat in an 11th successive Test match.

England's Joe Root and West Indies' Jason Holder pose with the trophy. "If they do they may have a chance but you see it's very hard if you do go in with four bowlers and you have problems with one because the overall team is not as strong as I would like to see".

"It's not the strongest West Indies team I've seen, for sure, but it's very unsafe to write off anybody in worldwide cricket", he said.

Since then, there have been three further floodlit Test matches: Pakistan's clash with West Indies in Dubai last October, followed by two in successive months for Australia - against South Africa and Pakistan in Adelaide and Brisbane respectively.

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Stoneman will become the 12th opening partner for Alastair Cook since the retirement of Andrew Strauss, with Jennings the latest man to be dropped after failing to convince.

In unfamiliar circumstances even for them, and facing the pink ball used in day-night tests, Cook and Root dragged England up from 39-2 in the eighth over.

'It might be slightly different when the lights come on. You don't know what the conditions are going to be. We've got our first Test here at Edgbaston, it's a pink ball Test, we've played one before and we like the format.

But Garner said he believed the pivotal issue will be adjustment, especially with the first Test in Edgbaston being played under lights.

But wicketkeeper Bairstow told Omnisport, speaking on behalf of Investec: "They've [West Indies] got a group of young players who've got a lot of talent, desire and determination to play a brand of cricket that is potentially very threatening".

As has been the case for some time, West Indies are without a number of their established global stars because of a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board over selection for the national team.

"We have guys who are showing that they can compete at this level". We shall see. If indeed it does hoop around, and the weather holds, we might be in for a rapid match.

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