Cricket resumes! England vs West Indies. Wednesday July 8, 2020. Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
After a wait for ages of 113 days, which felt like 2 or 3 years, International Cricket resumes. What a way to kickstart? In its real form, i.e, Test Cricket.
“It’s not very often we have been in this situation where we have six or seven bowlers we could choose from. 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”Ben Stokes, English Captain for the first Test.
According to reports, Joe Root will be missing the first test. Stuart Broad might miss out as well because the management wants to unleash the pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
“Everyone is really excited to get back to the park. It’s been a while since we’ve played international cricket so everyone is really relishing the opportunity. This is more or less the green light. Everyone has been talking about it for the last couple of weeks and most of the boys are eager to get to the first ball that will be delivered tomorrow”West Indies Captain Jason Holder
Cricket resumes but on the field, things gonna be a little different. No saliva on the ball – sweat is permitted – no spectators in the ground. There will be non-neutral umpires and a PA announcer but no music between overs. Those watching on TV look set to have some form of low-level crowd hum as background noise but the players won’t be able to hear it. Instead, they will hear their own voices, bat on the ball, and nothing else.
The world will be watching. When England and West Indies play the first Test in Southampton from Wednesday, it will be about more than just the result. It will be the day when Cricket Resumed, in a amazingly different way. The stakes are higher so are the excitement levels. But, What maters the most is “The Game is back, and it feels amazingg”