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Finely poised for England

Having dusted themselves off the England cricket team are ready to go once more in Grenada.

The pressure will be on to deliver in a series that the incoming chairman of the board Colin Graves said he was expecting England to win comfortably against a mediocre West Indies team.

The coach and the captain are both under the pump, needing a big score from the leader on the field and a convincing win to try to alleviate the pressure that is coming from all sides.

Jonathan Trott will also be feeling that he needs a score before the pressure comes on to him too.

The middle and lower middle order all look in good touch and if the openers can get off to some sort of start and give the rest of the batting order a platform, I think England could score a really big total in the first innings.

At the other end of the scale, the quicker bowlers at the other end of the scale have only had three days ‘R and R’ before going again.

Messrs Broad, Jordan and Stokes will have had their feet up, as well as Jimmy Anderson, and will all be ready to go if and when they are called upon.

Moeen Ali coming back into the team gives the batting line-up even more depth. From a biased point of view I hope they keep the same number six and seven as the first Test.

The biggest question being posed is whether England will play a second spinner in Adil Rashid or a traditional England mind-set of four seamers again. All will be revealed in a couple of hours.

Clearly unbelievable congratulations should go to Jimmy Anderson who broke Ian Botham’s record for English Test match wickets last week.

The first time I saw Jimmy bowl was at Northern Cricket Club in 2002 when Lancashire second team played Northants second team. I was amazed at the pace that this young man generated and also the swing with the new ball.

I immediately rang Mike Watkinson and said “This lad needs to be in our first team”. Jimmy then played a good half of the 2002 season in the first team and a similar thing happened again at the end of that campaign when Somerset played Lancashire at Blackpool.

I had been telling Marcus Trescothick to be prepared for our young Burnley firecracker and, having seen him bowl for a few overs, he came off at...

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