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What will the Antigua pitch look like? That could well determine whether West Indies play four fast bowlers – in which case they pick Keemo Paul – or three, and hand the offspin-bowling allrounder Rahkeem Cornwall a Test debut.
West Indies: 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 John Campbell, 3 Shai Hope, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Shane Dowrich, 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Rahkeem Cornwall/Keemo Paul, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Shannon Gabriel
On the eve of the match, Virat Kohli said India would take a decision on their bowling attack after having a look at the pitch. “It’s more or less a choice between three quicks and a spinner, and two quicks and two spinners,” he said, perhaps ruling out the possibility that India could play three quicks and two spinners, and only five specialist batsmen.
India: 1 KL Rahul, 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rohit Sharma/Hanuma Vihari, 7 Rishabh Pant (wk), 8 R Ashwin/Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Ishant Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Pitch and conditions
West Indies’ fast bowlers have enjoyed themselves at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium over the last couple of years, Kemar Roach in particular. He picked up five wickets when West Indies blasted out Bangladesh for 43 here in 2018, and four in each innings when they dismissed England for 187 and 132 earlier this year.
On the eve of the India Test, the pitch had a scattering of grassy patches on the good-length areas as well as a few damp-looking spots. Jason Holder called it a “bowl-first wicket”. Exactly how much help there is for the quicks remains to be seen, given that the pitch received a demerit point and a “below average” ratingafter the England Test. The weather in Antigua is expected to be cloudy, with showers forecast on day three.