Published: Fri, August 25, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Coach Law tells West Indies to ignore 'pathetic' talk

Coach Law tells West Indies to ignore 'pathetic' talk

Yet the 28-year-old will need to hit the ground running to guarantee a starting spot in this winter's Ashes series after Roland-Jones took 14 wickets in his first three worldwide games, including a five-wicket haul against South Africa on debut.

On the flipside, England have made the bold move of announcing their final 11 on the eve of the match with fast bowler Chris Woakes, now fully recovered from a side strain he sustained in June, making the cut, ahead of Toby Roland-Jones. "The way we played in the last game and the two previous games - we've played some really strong cricket, and the more momentum we can build moving forward is really important for us".

He will also be a key for England in the middle order, which is already strong, thanks to Ben Stokes.

Both have scored one half-century in five innings.

West Indies suffered a crushing innings and 209-run defeat in the series opener at Edgbaston as the inaugural day/night Test in England ended inside three days.

West Indies entered the Test in good nick after encouraging performances in their opening first-class matches against Essex, Kent and Derbyshire.

"We tried to do a lot more team bonding stuff to bring the guys closer and I must say it's been a wonderful few days off".

"We have copped a lot of criticism from West Indians, the English and pretty much everybody else, to be honest", said Holder to a large pool of reporters on the eve of this match. "It's another week of hard Test cricket, where, of course, guys are under different pressures wherever they bat in the order". They have got high skills.

I said after Edgbaston that it is a privilege to have England's two all-time leading wicket-takers and the leading run-scorer in our team.

The Yorkshireman has scored 50-plus scores in each of those Tests and needs one more on his home ground of Headingley to draw level with the record sequence of 12 now held by South Africa's AB De Villiers.

"This is just a great chance to come home and hopefully go out and make a big score". "We are not performing as well as we want", Law said.

Headingley may be home for Root but he has taken little comfort from that fact in recent years given it is a ground where he averages just 25 in comparison to his career average of 54.

Experienced seamer Shannon Gabriel, left out of the first Test after experiencing no-ball problems in a warm-up match with Derbyshire, is likely to be recalled.

"You turn up at every ground and some grounds you have particularly good records at and others you don't", said Root.

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