England will take on the West Indies next summer at Edgbaston in the UK’s first ever day/night Test Match on 17 – 21 August. This week we look at the Windies in more detail who have been in action against Pakistan.
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Leon Johnson, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Devender Bishoo, Miguel Cummins and Shannon Gabriel.
Pakistan: Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Babar Azar, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Safraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir and Sohail Khan.
Pakistan clinch a thrilling 56-run victory
Pakistan clinched a thrilling 56-run win over West Indies in the day-night Test in Dubai despite a heroic Darren Bravo century on the final day.
Mohammad Amir took 3-63 for the hosts, his best figures since his return from a spot-fixing ban, to ensure victory for the hosts in their 400th Test. A fine match produced a tense final day, which began with the West Indies on 95-2, needing 346 for victory after Devendra Bishoo had taken eight wickets to bowl Pakistan out for 123 on day four.
Bravo’s 116 gave West Indies – chasing 346 to win – hope, before he fell to Yasir Shah to leave them 263-7. But Bravo shared half-century stands with Roston Chase and captain Jason Holder and reached three figures off 211 balls, having hit nine fours and a six, to bring West Indies within sight of what would have been the third highest successful run chase in Tests.
Player Spotlight: Darren Bravo
Born on 6 February 1989 in Trinidad, Darren Bravo is establishing himself as one of the best batsmen in the current West Indies squad. This top-order batsman has played 47 Tests for his country and has scored 3,330 runs at an average of 41.11. He made his Test debut in 2010 against Sri Lanka and hit his highest Test score of 218 against New Zealand in 2013.
[quote cite=””]Like Lara he will soon become the best batsman of a struggling batting line-up.[/quote]
Brian Lara’s cousin and Dwayne Bravo’s half-brother, the younger Bravo, used to watch cricket only for Lara. As soon as Lara would get out, Bravo would switch off the TV and go out to bat. This talented left-hand batsman has tried to imitate Lara with the same walk, the same backlift, the same flourish, the same footwork and the same mannerisms. Like Lara he will soon become the best batsman of a struggling batting line-up.
Be part of history next summer
Tickets are on-sale for UK’s first ever day/night Test Match here at Edgbaston next summer when England take on the West Indies and are priced from just £26 for Adults and £6 for Juniors. Demand on tickets has been huge already and we anticipate a packed Edgbaston crowd for this historic match.