Holder, Windies look to improve in Headingley Test

England has recalled allrounder Chris Woakes for the second Test against the West Indies at Headingley, captain Joe Root announced on Thursday.

Head coach, Stuart Law, says embattled West Indies are anxious to prove their worth, after enduring a storm of criticism over their humiliating innings defeat to England in the day-night opening Test at Edgbaston last weekend.

West Indies fast-bowling great Curtly Ambrose labelled the tourists' performance "totally embarrassing" but, with the series now reverting to standard Test hours, Law was confident of an improved showing by his fledgling side.

The 48-year-old Law, who took charge in February, indicated West Indies would retain the same XI. "Taking that in, we understand we've got to be better and we're aiming to do that". "I'm really looking forward to it".

"What can we do?" I believe in these young men. "And if they want to nail down those spots they have to deal with that and if they get in make it really count". "To come home where I've spent a lot of time watching cricket, learning about the game, making my own way in the game here as well, it will be very special".

It was not simply that the West Indies lost by a humiliating innings and 209 runs or that the maroon flag bearers lost 19 wickets in under a day, but also that there was a seeming lack of belief and commitment among the players, which was particularly disheartening. "I'd better black me face", Boycott is reported to have said according to a guest at the event cited by The Daily Mirror.

"Hopefully it is infectious in the group".

Middlesex seamer Roland-Jones has taken 14 wickets in his three Tests, including a five-for on debut, but Woakes enjoyed a fine summer a year ago with bat and ball to ensure he returned once over a side strain. England's management are keen to get Woakes some game time before the winter's Ashes but Roland-Jones also remains part of their winter plans.

"It's a great chance for Chris to come back into the side and show his class", captain Joe Root said.

But Jonny Bairstow, the wicket-keeper/batsman, insisted there was no danger of complacency setting in as England seek a fourth consecutive Test match win after a 3-1 success against South Africa.

The trio of new batsman in the top five Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley and Dawid Malan will be given another opportunity to impress with the hope they will grow into Test cricket after a slow start.

  • Angelo Rivera