Joe Root’s England return to West Indies for a three-match Test series over a month after suffering a 2-3 series defeat in the shortest format against the Caribbeans.

The first Test will be played between March 8-13 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. Kensington Oval Barbados will host the second Test between March 16-21 before the teams travel to the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada to play the final Test between March 24-29.

This will be England’s first assignment in Test cricket after their humiliating 0-4 defeat in the Ashes in January. With the problems behind them, England is touring with a new-look team, with opener Alex Lees and seamer Matthew Fisher getting their first national team call-ups.

Surprisingly enough, as many as eight players who featured in the Ashes have been rested for the West Indies Tests. Among them are James Anderson, who is the all-time leading wicket-taker in the longest format, followed by Stuart Broad. Also given time off from the tour of the Caribbean Islands are wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, Sam Billings, Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, and Dawid Malan.

For West Indies, they have only named their squad for the first Test, giving pacer Anderson Phillip and opener John Campbell their maiden national team call-ups. Meanwhile, notable names such as Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shai Hope, Jeremy Solozano, and Jomel Warrican have been dropped.

West Indies vs England Tests 2022 squads

West Indies Test squad (first Test): Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva (wicket-keeper), Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Anderson Phillip, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales

England Test squad: Joe Root (captain), Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Zak Crawley, Matthew Fisher, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood 

West Indies vs England Test 2022 schedule and live India match times

Dates Match Venue Time (IST)
8-13 March West Indies vs England, 1st Test Sir Vivian Richards Stadium 7:30 PM IST
16-21 March West Indies vs England, 2nd Test Kensington Oval Barbados 7:30 PM IST
24-29 March West Indies vs England, 3rd Test National Cricket Stadium 7:30 PM IST

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