They both began on the same day. Thursday, August 22 was the first day of India vs the West Indies (WI) in the first Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua; simultaneously, it was the first day of the third Test match of the England vs Australia ‘Ashes’ series at the Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds, England.
Both captains, Jason Holder of WI and Joe Root of England won the toss and sent their opponents in to bat. The Aussies collapsed to a score of 179 which vindicated Root’s decision while Holder’s West Indians would have been quite happy with a close of 203 for 6, although they might have been hoping for something better, having Virat Kohli and his men reeling at 25 for 3 then at 93 when the fourth wicket fell.
At Leeds, as well as in Antigua, the day was interrupted by repeated showers. Nonetheless, the two captains would have been happy with their choice to field first upon winning the toss. The similarities on the first day ended on this note.