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Jul 18

India in West Indies Test Series, 2016

As last season’s bats and pads are exhumed and dusted off, players everywhere are preparing to renew their tattered cricket clothing online or at the sports store ready to take to the crease for the new season. Even if you prefer your cricket from the comfort of your armchair, there are some exciting tests coming up this summer, including India’s mouth-watering tour of the West Indies.

Schedule

The four-test tour kicks off in Antigua at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium from the 21st to the 25th of July. The second test, from July 30th to August 4th, moves on to Jamaica at the Sabina Park stadium in Kingston. The third test, from August 9th to August 13th, plays out at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia. The final test moves to the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain Trinidad on the 18th to the 22nd of August.

An interesting fact about cricket schedules in the West Indies that might upset purists is that the traditional Thursday to Monday match isn’t necessarily adhered to. The second test, for instance, runs from Saturday to Wednesday and the third from Tuesday to Saturday.

Rankings

Currently, India are only second to Australia in the test rankings, whereas the West Indies languish in eighth place, marginally outclassing Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. As we know, rankings don’t always predict the outcome of test tours, and plenty of times the underdogs have been victorious. To underline this, historically, India don’t have a great record against the West Indies with only a 17.77% win percentage over 90 tests since 1948. These facts only serve to offer up what many see as an open and unpredictable contest.

Spin Versus Pace

Whilst both sides have over the years produced fantastic batsmen, it’s the difference in the bowling traditions that make these matches stand out. India have always been the masters of spin, whereas the Windies are famous for their pace. Will these variations make all the difference again?

So, all things considered, the prospect of a tight contest between two proud teams is on the cards in the Caribbean this summer.

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