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England came from behind to level the series against West Indies at Old Trafford and will hope to close the series out in the decider at the same venue starting Friday.

Overview
England v West Indies, 3rd Test
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Friday, 24 July – Tuesday, 28 July, 11 am local time

England will have their reputation on the line as they walk out to meet West Indies for the third time this month with the series level 1-1. After a disappointing loss in Southampton, the hosts were back in the groove in Manchester and will now want to ensure there are no further hiccups.

West Indies, on the other hand, are on the verge of a historic series win. They had their moments at Old Trafford, but conceded a loss after some listless batting on the final day. If they do manage to win, it will be West Indies’ first Test series win in England since 1988.

The visitors have some questions regarding their starting line-up with Shai Hope out of form and Shannon Gabriel having fitness concerns. There will also be the temptation to play Rahkeem Cornwall on what is expected to be a slower wicket given that it is the second successive match at the venue.

England, despite their big win, aren’t settled on their starting XI. The major concern is regarding which fast bowlers to pick with James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes all available. The batting group is likely to be unchanged.

All said and done, the weather could once again be a talking point at Manchester. A day was lost in the second Test and the forecast isn’t too promising for the third Test either.

Remember the last time

At Old Trafford last week, England were clearly the superior side, showing immense patience early on before stamping down their advantage in the last two days with some brilliant tactical nous.

West Indies do not have a great record in recent times in Manchester. Since 2000, they have drawn one and lost three matches at the venue. Their last win here came in 1988 when they went on to win the series. 

What they said

Roddy Estwick, West Indies assistant coach : “We’ll have a look at it – he [Rahkeem Cornwall] will come under discussion, I’m sure. Rahkeem has been preparing well so if he’s given the opportunity, I’m sure he will go well. We’ll try to make sure we get the best combination from those 15.”

James Anderson, England pacer : “We’ve not seen much of Jofra [Archer] because he’s obviously been in isolation for a few days but, knowing him as I do, I’m sure he’ll want to play in this game, with it being so crucial and the series resting on it.”

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