August 17, 2000

West Indies bat first at Headingley

Cornhill Insurance

After the rain beat the teams at Old Trafford, this enthralling series between England and West Indies remains wide open at one victory to each side and two matches to play. The Headingley pitch is renowned for its help to seam bowlers, although this does not always prove to be the case, and this is a series in which the batting of both teams has frequently been found wanting. The team that wins this match, should there be a result, cannot lose the series.

The morning dawned bright and sunny, although rain is possible this afternoon and more is forecast in the near future. Once again the veterans hold the key to both teams. England have Atherton and Stewart to lead their batting, which is very strong on paper with Hick coming in at number seven, but reality has not always lived up to expectations. Lara and Adams remain the backbone of the West Indian batting, while Ambrose and Walsh still appear utterly irreplaceable in their bowling. England have more depth in their attack, with Gough, Caddick and Cork backed up by White. Neither side will play a specialist spinner.

West Indies won the toss and decided to bat. The teams are as follows:

England: Mike Atherton, Marcus Trescothick, Nasser Hussain (capt), Graham Thorpe, Alec Stewart, Michael Vaughan, Graeme Hick, Craig White, Dominic Cork, Andy Caddick, Darren Gough.

West Indies: Sherwin Campbell, Adrian Griffith, Wavell Hinds, Brian Lara, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jimmy Adams (capt), Ridley Jacobs, Nixon McLean, Curtly Ambrose, Reon King, Courtney Walsh.