England v West Indies 1st Test

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Alastair Cook has become one of the best batsman in the world. Picture: Gregg Porteous/heraldsun.com.au
England  begins its home summer against the West Indies  on Thursday night (AEST), where they will be looking to confirm their status as the best side in the world. Despite losing four of the five Test matches that they have played in 2012, England is still ranked the number one side in the world and will be out to prove that they are the rightful owners of that title. Skipper Andrew Strauss  is under pressure having failed to score a Test century in eighteen months, while young Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow  is set to make his debut after being drafted into the squad to replace the injured Ravi Bopara.

The tourist’s preparations had been interrupted by bad weather, injuries and visa problems but they will still be confident of playing well after a strong showing in the home series against Australia last month. Shivnarine Chanderpaul  showed why he is the number one ranked batsman in the world and Darren Bravo  continued to show flashes of brilliance, while Kemar Roach showed how dangerous he can be with the ball, collecting 19 wickets at an average of 19.73.

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