By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer
July 8 is the day the bell would ring for the first round of cricket matches that would take place to determine which of the two teams is superior between England and West Indies. The first Test match is being played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, the home of the Hampshire County Cricket Club.
The defending champion is West Indies (WI) which wrested the Wisden trophy from the tight grip of the Englishmen, in the Caribbean in early 2019. They won the three-match series by two Tests to one under the captaincy of Jason Holder through a harvest of wickets collected by Kemar Roach (18 wkts) with support from the other quickies, Alzarri Joseph (10), Shannon Gabriel (9) and Holder (7) in two Tests, having not played in the third through injury.