England to play three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is in Caribbean. Joe Root’s side will play Windies in Barbados (Jan 23-27), Antigua (Jan 31-Feb 4) and St Lucia (Feb 9-13), before rounding off the tour with five one-day internationals and three T20Is. Eoin Morgan will lead England in ODIs in Barbados (Feb 20 and 22), Grenada (Feb 25 and Feb 27) and St Lucia (March 2).
The West Indies cricket team will host England at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium from January 31 to February 4 for the second of three tests. The West Indies pounded England by 381 runs in the first test. Windies captain and all-rounder Jason Holder collected two scalps and posted a second-innings 202 not out.
“It’s great to be 1-0 up, but that’s history,” Holder said, according to ESPN. “We are happy to be leading in the series but we have our feet firmly on the ground. We are not focusing on what happened before in Barbados. We are looking forward to this match and what we have ahead of us.
“It’s a matter for us to move on and understand what we need to do. We speak about consistency in the dressing room and I think we’ve got to be hitting all three departments well every time we step on the field.”
Windies assistant coach Toby Radford agreed that their side can’t get ahead of themselves with two more tests upcoming.
“We are still the underdogs. We have a lot of very good performers, you can’t take us lightly and when we are committed, know what we’re doing and perform we are a good side,” Radford said, according to the Daily Mail.
“Consistency has always been an issue for us. We have had many good days like this. We’ve beaten some top sides around the world, so we know we are capable of it when everything clicks.
“It’s backing it up and that has to be our challenge — to come, do it again and turn it into a 2-0.”
Joe Denly, who bats third for Kent County Cricket Club, will make his test debut for England in the second match, taking Keaton Jennings’ spot. Jennings went for 14 and 17 in the defeat.
“[Jennings] has done some very good things and he’ll continue to keep developing,” England captain Joe Root said, according to the BBC. “He’s very much a part of the squad moving forward but it’s a great opportunity for Joe.”
Paul Downton, Kent’s director of cricket, said the 32-year-old Denly earned this chance to prove himself.
“Joe is an extremely experienced player who has scored nearly 11,000 first-class runs, he knows his game extremely well and his form over the last two summers in English cricket has been fantastic,” Downton said, per the BBC. “He fully deserves the opportunity.
“He is a classical player so without doubt he has the game, you just hope he gets a little bit of luck and then that 15 years of being a professional cricketer will kick in.”
For those in the United States, Day 1 of the match begins Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.
England’s white-ball side will remain in St Lucia for the first T20 (March 5) and then head off to St Kitts for the last two matches in the series (March 8 and March 10) before flying home on March 11.
England’s 2019 tour to the Caribbean
Tue Jan 15-Fri Jan 18 – Tour match, Three Ws Oval, Barbados
Wed Jan 23-Sun Jan 27 – 1st Test, Kensington Oval, Barbados
Thu Jan 31-Mon Feb 4 – 2nd Test, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
Sat Feb 9-Wed Feb 13 – 3rd Test, Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia
Sun Feb 17 – 50-over Tour match, Three Ws Oval, Barbados
Wed Feb 20 – 1st ODI, Kensington Oval, Barbados
Fri Feb 22 – 2nd ODI, Kensington Oval, Barbados
Mon Feb 25 – 3rd ODI, National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
Wed Feb 27 – 4th ODI, National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
Sat Mar 2 – 5th ODI, Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia
Tue Mar 5 – 1st T20, Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia
Fri Mar 8 – 2nd T20, Warner Park, St Kitts
Sun Mar 10 – 3rd T20 Warner Park, St Kitts