England vs. West Indies: First Test Preview
England vs. West Indies: First Test Preview

Though the upcoming three-match Test series between the two sides seems lopsided on paper - England are the clear favourites - the home team can spring a surprise or two, similar to what we experienced in the three-match Test series against West Indies and Sri Lanka, where the home team inflicted a massive 226-run defeat upon the visitors in the first game.

However, the number 3 ranked English team will be riding high on confidence after they registered a historic win in the subcontinent in November, defeating Sri Lanka 3-0. They have an influx of upcoming and exciting stars along with some experienced campaigners and unless the Windies can play out of their skins throughout, one can expect Joe Root's side to become only the third English team to win a Test series in the Caribbean.

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Wicket-keeper: Jonny Bairstow (9 credits)

Though Ben Foakes might be in contention to keep wickets for the series, Bairstow is the keeper who should be preferred in the Dream11 side. After missing the first two Tests against Sri Lanka in November last year due to injury, Bairstow staged a memorable comeback as he hit 110 runs in the first innings to win the Man of the Match award. The 29-year old has six tons to his name in the format and has made it a habit of steadying the ship after the loss of early wickets.

Batsman: Joe Root (10.5 credits)

Considering the class of Root and the inexperienced Windies bowling attack,

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