England v West Indies, Third Test , Old Trafford

Our XI: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Joe Root, Roston Chase, Shamarh Brooks, Ben Stokes, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about a late injury (or other relevant) updates.

Captain: Ben Stokes

Superman Stokes has to be your captain. If you have any doubts about that, you are watching the wrong match. But be aware that England captain Joe Root has said that Stokes might play as a specialist batsman, after he picked up a niggle during the second Test.

Vice-captain: Roston Chase

Chase made some solid contributions in both Tests. If he fails with the bat, he performs with the ball and vice-versa. Chase becomes a different bowler against England: he has 22 wickets, strikes every 59 balls and has two five-wicket hauls as well. He has also had starts in three of the four innings this series, scoring 51, 47 and 37. In a fantasy game, Chase is likely to fetch you many points with his all-round skills.

Hot picks

Joe Root: Root started well in the last Test but could not convert it into a big score. England would be relying on Root to go all the way next Test match with a big score.

Jofra Archer: Archer would be very disappointed in missing the second Test. His pace will be crucial on the new Manchester pitch. Archer troubled the West Indies batsmen in the second innings of the first Test claiming 3 for 45. If he plays, he would be a hot pick in your team.

Stuart Broad: Broad needs nine wickets to get to 500 Test wickets. He single-handedly got England back in the second Test taking three wickets in 14 balls. Broad is on a high and he could win England the series in a couple of sessions with his accuracy. A five-wicket haul may not be too far away.

Value picks

Rory Burns: Burns had a fabulous Ashes last year. Since his return from injury, Burns has had some very soft dismissals. His scores this series have been 15, 30 and 42. If Burns can follow Dom Sibley's template of leaving more balls and attacking when required, a century may not be too far away. If England are going to win the series, either Burns or Sibley needs to score big.

Shamarh Brooks: Brooks had an excellent second Test scoring 68 and 62 at Old Trafford. He looked in control and scored a lot of runs through boundaries. Along with Kraigg Brathwaite, Brooks is the man in form for West Indies and should be picked.

Points to note

  • With four more Tests scheduled in the summer for England, watch out for some changes to the pace attack.
  • Head coach Phil Simmons hinted at changes in the West Indies top order due to the lack of form for Shai Hope and John Campbell.