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England vs West Indies Live Score, 1st Test, Day 1 at Ageas Bowl in Southampton: Follow live score and updates of England vs West Indies (ENG vs WI) 1st Test Day 1.

England vs West Indies Live Score, 1st Test, Day 1: Rain and wet outfield has forced the umpires to call for an early lunch in the England vs West Indies first Test match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. At first the toss for the was delayed due to light rain but later the wet outfield did not allow the umpires to take the field. The umpires and the match referee have had a conversation with captains Ben Stokes and Jason Holder and the next update will be at 5:40 pm IST. We have to wait a lit longer for the return of cricket after more than three months.

It will be interesting to see how Stokes leads his troops into the match. All eyes will be on his captaincy. In Root’s absence, England’s batting order looks pale. Also, England will be without their 12th man, the Barmy Army, and the lack of home crowd support could play mind games with the home team.

West Indies have a real chance to put on a real challenge here. While Southampton is heavily known to be a surface favourable to spinners, with no cricket in a long time, the pitch could be real hard, and assist seamers as well.Though, for bowlers it will be a real challenge, adjusting to no saliva rule, which sounds like a real doozy.

Follow live score and updates of England vs West Indies 1st Test Day 1:

17:00 hrs: Lunch has been taken on Day 1 of the ENG vs WI first Test match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, 30 minutes before scheduled time as the wait for toss continues. At first the toss was delayed due to light rain, right now the rain has stopped but the covers are still on. The wet outfield has forced the umpires to call for an early lunch. The inspection will be at 1:10 pm local time, which means at 5:40 pm IST.

16:37 hrs: Right! The word coming out from there is that we might have an early lunch taken in the England vs West Indies first Test at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The lunch might be taken at 5 pm IST, 30 minutes before the scheduled time.

16:31 hrs: The umpires have just had a conversation with the captains. The covers are still on at Ageas Bowl.

16:20 hrs: Weather Update! It has stopped raining at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton for now, which means we should be able to get close to two sessions of cricket if the weather stays like this in the England vs West Indies first Test match. Fingers crossed!

16:08 hrs: The umpires are on the field! Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough have completed a quick inspection without umbrellas, is that a sign? The covers mind you are still firmly in their place.

16:00 hrs: “History is written by the conqueror and not by the ones who have been conquered. They keep telling me, there’s nothing called white privilege, give me a break! Things like this need to stop. Until we educate the entire human race, this thing will not stop,” Michael Holding delivers a powerful message on Black Lives Matter in the Sky Sports Broadcast with Nasser Hussain.

15:45 hrs:The covers are coming back! Told ya! Never, I repeat, NEVER trust the English weather. It teases you to the core. The light drizzle is back and the covers are coming back moments after being take off. The wait goes on.

15:43 hrs: Covers are off! The covers are coming off from the square, the rain seems to have gone away for now. But you can never really trust English weather.

15:37 hrs: Wanna know who will conduct today’s toss? Well, this doesn’t look like Nasser Hussain or Mike Atherton or Ian Bishop but we probably have to adjust to this one too.


15:33 hrs: Weather update! There is not much change in the scenes at the Ageas Bowl for the first ENG vs WI Test match apart from the fact that the rain has probably toned down further. But the umpires have still got their umbrellas out. So we might have to wait for some time more.

15:27 hrs: Broad or Woakes or maybe Wood? England have problems of plenty when it comes to deciding their thrid seamer. James Anderson and Jofra Archer are certain starters but considering the state of the wicket the idea to play four frontline seamers might not cross England’s mind. Therefore, it will have to be toss-up between the experienced Braod and the really talented Woakes.

15:15 hrs: Live scenes are not exactly cricket-like but not too gloomy either. Light rain, the covers are on, this is so English, this is what we have been missing. On the cricket front though it shouldn’t be too long before we have the toss.


15:00 hrs: TOSS! Sorry, guys have to wait a little bit longer as the toss has been delayed due to rain, as per reports.

14:50 hrs: Massive shout-out to West Indies captain Jason Holder from one of cricket’s biggest name Sachin Tendulkar. “Jason Holder is the most under-rated all-rounder, because on the field, maybe you will look at Kemar Roach or Shannon Gabriel, but Jason Holder only when you look at the scoreboard, you realise that he has come in and taken three wickets,” Sachin Tendulkar told Brian Lara during the chat on Master Blaster`s app `100 MB`. READ MORE

14:40 hrs: Update on weather: “The rain has stayed away so far this morning as the lads make their way to the changing rooms,” says England Cricket Board’s Twitter handle.

14:30 hrs: England vs West Indies 1st Test in Southampton: Toss in 30 minutes. Stay tuned for more updates.

14:25 hrs: New Rules reminders:

1) No fans in the stadium

2) Bio-secure venues

3) Additional DRS per innings

4) No handshakes

5) Covid-19 replacements

6) No Neutral umpires

7) No saliva on the ball

14:20 hrs: Could rain spoil Test cricket’s big return? The weather prediction in Southampton showcases that there are brief rain spells expected in the next three days, and it is expected to remain cloudy. The fans, watching the game from the comforts of their homes, will be hoping they can

14:15 hrs: Several big names from West Indies squad including Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer have decided to not tour England due to fears of Covid-19. England are also without Joe Root. In such a scenario, how will the two teams line-up?

Here are our predicted XI:

England (predicted XI): 1 Rory Burns, 2 Dom Sibley, 3 Joe Denly, 4 Zak Crawley, 5 Ben Stokes (capt), 6 Ollie Pope, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Dom Bess, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Chris Woakes 11 James Anderson

West Indies (Predicted XI): 1 John Campbell, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Shamarh Brooks, 4 Shai Hope, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Shane Dowrich (wk), 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Rahkeem Cornwall, 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Shannon Gabriel

14:10 hrs: Ben Stokes on England’s fast-bowling depth: “It’s not very often we have been in this situation where we have six or seven bowlers we could choose from. We are in a position now with the Test team like we were with the one-day team in 2015 when we were building for that World Cup. I feel as if we are building for the Ashes in Australia and also India. To have the crop of fast-bowlers we now possess is a great place to be as a Test side.”

14:05 hrs: All eyes on Ben Stokes: In the absence of Joe Root, Ben Stokes has been handed Test captaincy role. Can Stokes justify the appointment under pressure? Stokes had a fantastic 2019, in which he led England to World Cup win, and also played splendid innings in the Ashes Test against Australia. But leading the troops is an altogether challenge, and several big names have not been able to live up to the mantle in the past. All the best, Stokesy!

14:00 hrs: Hello and welcome to our live blog on England vs West Indies 1st Test Day 1 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. After a wait of almost four months, the cricket returns with exciting prospects. Both the teams will be eager to put on a show, and with no cricket on the surface in the past few months, it is expected to be a hard one. But, in the end, this match will be decided by how quickly the teams and the players adapt to the new rules and regulations approved by the ICC to reduce the risk of Covid-19. Plenty of things to watch out for. Let the action begin!

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