Ben Stokes hijacked James Anderson’s headlines as West Indies were bowled out for 123 and England’s all-time leading wicket-taker was left tantalisingly on 499 after a manic first day at Lord’s.
The worldwide fixture list announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board also confirms there will, as expected, be no day-night Test next year.
It seemed England would have the upper hand when Stokes returned Test-best figures of six for 26 in 14.3 unchanged overs either side of tea.
England and the West Indies clash in the third and final test at the home of English cricket tomorrow.
“He passed all the fitness tests and seemed fit and it is hard to balance between being physically fit and bowling the right amount in games”, he said.
England captain Root announced Roland-Jones’ inclusion when addressing media on Wednesday.
Malan, on his Middlesex home ground, survived the hat-trick. The remaining four Tests will be played at Lord’s, Trent Bridge, Ageas Bowl and The Oval.
Head coach Stuart Law wants to see the resurgent West Indies build on their good work from Headingley and pull off something special in the third Test starting tomorrow at Lord’s.
England’s bowlers were made to wait for their first scalp of the afternoon by a disciplined 56-run partnership between Shai Hope (29) and Kieran Powell (39).
For several members of the team, it will be their first Test at Lord’s – the scene of both of West Indies’ World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979 as well as several brilliant Test displays down the decades.
Rain stopped play for around 40 minutes and when the match resumed, Anderson dismissed Kyle Hope for a duck when the batsman, trying to withdraw his bat, was well caught by Bairstow diving to his right, in front of Cook.
Since they last toured the Caribbean in April 2015, England have won 16 and lost 16 of 37 Tests.
A long-feared stress fracture sidelined him for most of 2006 but come the end of 2007, with the 2005 attack all sidelined, Anderson was the leader of England’s bowling unit. A later spell saw Anderson repeatedly beat Devendra Bishoo’s outside edge without reward.
This, then, could be a close and thrilling Test match to end a series that has been frankly weird after West Indies followed up their innings defeat in the opening match at Edgbaston with one of the great Test-match wins at Headingley last week. No one can ever take that away from you’. The match was against Zimbabwe and he took five wickets in the very first innings.