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Joe Root eager for bright start to West Indies series

17 August 2017

Amidst the excitement of ushering in England's first ever day-night Test, Joe Root and his men will know it's vital they carry some momentum forward from the South Africa series against the West Indies.

It seems The Baggy Greens like the pink ball, with Steve Smith's side having since gone on to beat South Africa and Pakistan in day-night Tests towards the end of 2016.

Windies' tour of England comprises of three Tests, with the first one being a pink ball affair. Khawaja then turned his overnight three into 145 - his fifth and most recent Test ton - as Australia replied with 383. Will this Test series be any different?

Woakes is far more certain that Stoneman has the ability to frustrate West Indies' pace attack in the three-match Investec series, set to get under way on Thursday afternoon. "Clearly Cook and Root are the beacon of England batting at moment".

Many players said the pink ball was hard to see when it ran over the green turf of the outfield. "So I expect good things from the batters". "So I won't be surprised early on, if he takes the new ball, if he takes one or two early wickets". "Sometimes you don't feel like you've hit it and it goes, other times you've nailed it and it doesn't".

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The new pink ball is likely to pose a threat but runs could be had once the ball gets softer.

There has been much talk about how the pink ball - required for floodlit Tests as the players' traditional clothing makes the white ball familiar from one-day internationals as unusable as the standard red - will affect bowlers.

The primary task for West Indies' brittle and evolving batting line-up is to somehow keep James Anderson and Stuart Broad at bay. England will be fielding a debutant opener in Mark Stoneman, while Tom Westley and Dawid Malan have yet to cement their places at No. 3 and 5 respectively.

They are a good team - a better one than West Indies for sure - but remain more than capable of throwing in a truly awful performance. However, given the circumstances, it will take the Windies a Herculean effort to defeat or even force a draw against a resolute England team. It's who makes the greatest adjustment in the day-night game.

But before that long flight, England has been warned it won't have it all its own way in the next series by new manager Joel Garner, the legendary Caribbean fast bowler who wreaked havoc on pitches around the world with his fiery bowling.

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One of the batsman who has impressed Richardson, the former team manager, is Shai Hope. "England are a very good team and a number of their players are in good form".

"Whenever you play at Edgbaston it's always brilliant", Woakes added. With the first Test at Edgbaston four days away, the tourists' main strike bowler rarely threatened during a four-over burst in which he bowled four no balls and conceded 24 runs. It led to them to formulate a variety of ideas for their first go at hosting a Test in those conditions. Indeed, many will be disappointed if England don't cruise to a comfortable victory.

However, they have made a strong start to the series with several eye-catching performances in the three three-day first-class games against County opposition in recent weeks.

While Cricket West Indies, as the West Indies Cricket Board is now known, recently granted an "amnesty" in a bid to get senior players back on board ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England, it has come too late to alter the squad for the Test series.

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Joe Root eager for bright start to West Indies series