Yasir Jan set to test England ahead of crucial West Indies clash

Alzarri Joseph

Alzarri Joseph

Third Test WACA Ground, December 14-18.

Hand-wringing over the future of Test cricket turned into applause as West Indies and Bangladesh scripted remarkable Test wins against England and Australia.

On August 29 at Headingley in Leeds, the West Indies, chasing 322 in the second Test's fourth innings, accomplished the task with five wickets to spare.

They had to act "to ensure that the integrity of the game is upheld", he said.

All I know is that everything is bubbling up very nicely ahead of that first Test in Brisbane.

"It was mainly about winning the game, especially after the loss at Edgbaston". In doing so, they will hope they can get on with the job of deciding the make-up of their wider touring squad to Australia, rather than having to continually focus on the starting XI for each Test. "We have the fight, belief and players to do it".

Brathwaite was his usual quiet self, but it was good to see Hope reeling off some exquisite shots and on the whole playing confidently and stylish and finally living up to the promise which many West Indians believed he possessed.

Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding has hit back at criticism by Brian Lara who said he was "embarrassed" by the unsportsmanlike behaviour of the team in Holding's early 1980s heyday.

Shai Hope has the potential to be a "great" player, according to West Indies coach Stuart Law. "He's been going through the form dip but he's looked in good nick".

But then back came the West Indies, inspired by a remarkable performance from 23-year-old Shai Hope, who batted for almost five and a half hours (!) to lead his team to victory. We never got sucked into the argument that they were ripe for another beating after that first Test. Each and every member of the team felt it, we were really hard on ourselves but it wasn't a situation where we had to panic, it was a time for us to find solutions.

Jason Holder's team under pressure going into Headingley, made a great start by bowling England out for 258 with Ben Stokes' making a great century.

There was lot to play for West Indies after being decimated in the first game. "And just before that, Colin Croft decided he was going to take a piece out of Fred Goodall's shoulder and ran into him during a Test Match", he said.

WEST INDIES batsman Chris Gayle could make a sensational return to Test cricket next in Zimbabwe next month - three years after his last dance with the game at this level - after the hard-hitting cricketer said he was open to a comeback.

Losing a series at home to the team ranked eighth in the ICC World Rankings would not be ideal preparation for an Ashes series Down Under - the very fact that it's gone to a decider has raised eyebrows around the world. "Remember the first press conference we had people asked what are our chances".

"We will find out in February who will be allocated global matches from the years 2020 to 2023, and last week's match can only help our cause", added Arthur. He doesn't want to stop where he's at now, he wants to keep going.

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