West Indies win toss, bat in deciding Lord's Test

England vs West Indies Third Test squads, preview and predictions

Hope followed his maiden Test hundred, in his 12th match, with an unbeaten 118 as West Indies knocked off 322 to level the series and make a mockery of a barrage of pre-match criticism which included claims the current team is the worst from the Caribbean ever to tour England.

Fourteen wickets fell on the first day, the most at Lord's since the Ashes Test of 2005, and each one had the balance of the match - and the series - juddering back and forth.

England will visit West End from August 30 - September 3 for their first Test on Botley Road since beating India by 266 runs in July 2014.

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He has been his own biggest critic of late, citing the need to turn more of those 50s into centuries.

Scotland will come for a single ODI game on June 10 and Australia will be up for a series of 5 ODIs and a T20I in June. "Yes, I think so", Stokes said. "He's pretty good now, but he's got the potential to go great".

"Home conditions, he (Roland-Jones) obviously knows the surfaces and is bowling very well at the moment", Root told reporters at Lord's on Wednesday when asked to explain the change in his XI. "So I'm going to be focused completely on doing my job for the team when we get out there on Thursday". "He knows the ground extremely well. There's plenty of cricket to be played over the rest of the summer".

On Woakes' status above Roland-Jones in the longer term, suddenly the jury appeared to be out.

On the other side, India last played a limited overs tournament in England when they featured in the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this year.

England and the West Indies clash in the third and final test at the home of English cricket tomorrow.

The fixtures confirmed by European Central Bank also extend to the two domestic finals, with the one-day cup showpiece at Lord's on June 30 and the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day held as usual at Edgbaston but on the later date of September 15.

Tom Westley was trapped on the crease for his fifth successive single-figure Test score, offering the Windies hope of enough enough assistance for the bowlers to bring them back into contention.

As for Westley, whose loss of form has coincided with an unpicking of his technique by some high-profile pundits, Root is hoping the answers can come from within rather than from "experts" beyond the boundary.

He has since gone on to become one of the greats of the game - helping England to Ashes success both at home and overseas.



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