|England v West Indies, second test|
|Lieu: Emirates Old Trafford Date: July 16-20|
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England dropped drummer Joe Denly for the second test against the West Indies, which begins Thursday.
Denly, 34, has an average of 29.53 in 15 games and was missing 18 and 29 in the first test loss at Southampton.
Captain Joe Root returns from paternity leave at Emirates Old Trafford and beats at four, with Zak Crawley moving to number three.
England must avoid defeat or suffer a first home defeat against the West Indies since 1988.
In addition to confirming that Denly will be absent, Captain Root has not made any announcements regarding a team, which means that there is no indication whether the rhythm launcher Stuart Broad is online for a recall.
Broad, the second-tallest test taker in England, said he was “angry, frustrated and emptied” of being left out in favor of James Anderson, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer in Southampton.
The rain in Manchester means the field has remained under cover, while Root said that fitness tests have yet to be performed on some players.
Kent’s Denly made his test debut against the West Indies in early 2019 and has since beaten all over England’s top four.
He had his best score of 94 in the fifth test against Australia last summer, but has not passed 38 in the last eight innings.
It can be said that Denly has brought some strength to the English bat – only Root and Australian Marnus Labuschagne have faced more deliveries in cricket testing since its inception.
However, he repeatedly fails to take advantage of good starts. In 28 innings, he hit double 24 times, but has only six half-centuries.
“Over a period of time, Joe has done a great job for us,” said Root. “It helped show the identity of our team, how we want to play to move forward. He set the stage for the guys behind to continue and make big scores. ”
“He will be as frustrated as anyone for not being able to convert these opportunities. It is certainly not a closed door for him. ”
Denly’s omission means that her Kent colleague, Crawley, has the option of settling on the side.
The 22-year-old averaged 31.25 in five tests and had 76 in the second inning at Southampton.
“He played very well,” Root told BBC Sport. “You look at how he has done things since his arrival, the way he continues to learn and develop, and his attitude towards things is very impressive. ”
The second test, like the first, will take place behind closed doors and in a bio-secure environment, and is the first of two consecutive in Manchester.
The majority of the West Indies tour was spent in Manchester, where they were based for a month, in isolation and training, before the first test.
“I don’t think it will be an advantage,” said Caribbean captain Jason Holder. “Most of the English players have played here more than we have.
“We are still in their backyard and they will know the conditions better than we do. ”
The West Indies, which have won four of their last six tests against England, are now poised to win their first series in the UK since a 4-0 victory 32 years ago, when legends Sir Viv Richards, Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge and Malcolm Marshall was on the side.
“There is no pressure for us,” added Holder. “We are not caught in noise outside the field. It’s about focusing on what we need to do to win the series.
“The series is still wide open. There are 10 days of cricket left. It is a day at a time for us. England is a very good team, it has world class players. We have work to do to win another game. ”
The West Indies have not won a series of away tests against teams other than Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Afghanistan for 25 years.
With his team on the brink of their greatest test success in a generation, Holder met Tuesday with the Prime Ministers of Barbados, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
“The welcome we have had, not only from heads of government, but also from the people of the Caribbean, has been tremendous,” said Holder.
“They all want us to win the series, so we have a lot more to play for. It was great to know that the Prime Ministers are 100% behind us. I was blown away. “