England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the itinerary for England’s tour to the Caribbean in 2019. England is schedulede to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and three T20I games on the tour.
Joe Root and co. is scheduled to arrive in the Caribbean on 11th January before the start of the first Test match that will be played at Kensington Oval, Barbados on 23rd January. The second and third games will be played at Antigua and St Lucia respectively.
The culmination of three-match test series will see Three Lions play five-match one-day series from 20th February. The opening game of the one-day series will be played at Kensington Oval, Barbados. The other venues chosen for the one-day series are Grenada and St Lucia. The T20I series will commence from 5th March at St Lucia. The other two T20I games will be played St. Kitts.
England is all set to play a warm-up game at Barbados before the first Test match in order acclimatize to the conditions. The visitors will need to do better as they drew the three-match series 1-1. But they bounced back in a great fashion by inflicting a whitewash over West Indies in the one-day series.
West Indies has done a decent job in the longer format of the game and it won’t be easy for England to beat them in these conditions.
Shai Hope was the star for West Indies in their last tour to England and will once again be a prominent threat for England. Kraigg Brathwaite and Roston Chase are other standout performers for West Indies in the five-day format.
Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach have been formidable pair with the new-ball for West Indies. Devendra Bishoo and Jason Holder have also been consistent with the ball in hand in the five-day format.
So it will be interesting to see how Joe Root and co. fare in the tour to West Indies given the conditions will provide assistance to slow bowlers.