Leeds - England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat against the West Indies in the second Test at Headingley on Friday.
England made one change from the side that thrashed the West Indies
by an innings and 209 runs as they won the inaugural day/night Test in
Britain inside three days at Edgbaston on Saturday, with fit-again
all-rounder Chris Woakes replacing seamer Toby Roland-Jones.
A straw-coloured pitch and blue skies overhead appeared to promise
ideal batting conditions for England, who piled up a mammoth 514 for
eight declared batting first at Edgbaston.
"It looks a good pitch," said Root, leading England on his Yorkshire home ground for the first time, at the toss.
"It's about setting the tone again and making a big first-innings score," he added.
As for the lone change to the England side, Root said: "It's not been
a straightforward decision to bring in Chris Woakes because Toby
Roland-Jones has done really well. It's a good selection headache to
West Indies, 1-0 down in the three-match series, responded to their
humiliating defeat by bringing back fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who is
back to fitness and bowled 24 no-balls in a warm-up match against
Derbyshire, and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo in place of pacemen Alzarri
Joseph and Miguel Cummins.
"We'd probably have had a bat too," said West Indies captain Jason
Holder, whose fledgling side have come under fire from all quarters
since their Edgbaston loss.
"I have stayed away from the criticism," all-rounder Holder added. "I
stay away from it and worry about the things I can control on the
Root needs one score of fifty or more in this match to equal AB de
Villiers's all-time record of making fifties in 12 successive Tests.
England have won their last two Tests against the West Indies at Headingley by an innings.
In 2000 the West Indies were bowled out for just 61 and lost inside
two days, while in 2007 England won by an innings and 283 runs - the
heaviest defeat the West Indies have suffered.
Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Joe Root (captain),
Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes,
Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Kyle Hope, Shai
Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wkt), Jason
Holder (captain), Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), S Ravi (IND)
TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)