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Fortune favours the brave, caution favours the draw for England cricket

England fail to ring the changes and fail to take the wickets.

Having failed to take 20 wickets against a poor West Indies team in Antigua, the opportunity was there to strengthen the attack. This opportunity was made easier by the return of Ali to replace Tredwell, enabling England to play a third specialist fast bowler/seamer.

Instead England went into the first day of Grenada Test with only two specialist bowlers and three all rounders. Having watched England play 50 over cricket like a Test match in the World Cup, we now have a one day cricket bowling attack in Test matches. Neither Jordan nor Stokes are good enough to be a third seamer.

England had the best of the conditions today, winning the toss and putting the West Indies in on a pitch that had been under a cover for two hours as the rain battered the National Cricket Stadium in St Georges.

Having reduced the home team to 74-4 thanks to fine bowling from Anderson and reckless batting from the top order batsmen England threw away the chance of dismissing the West Indies on day one, through poor fielding and inaccurate bowling. Only Anderson came out of the day with any real credit.

Talking to the local cricket fans here in Grenada and last week in Antigua, they know how poor their team are and see every draw they grind out as cause for celebration.

It seems ridiculous to predict a draw after day one, but with a featherbed pitch and two insipid attacks, it is difficult to see any other outcome, which is frustrating for the England fans who've paid thousands of pounds to make this trip.

England need to remember scoring more runs than the opposition only means you can't lose. You need to take 20 wickets to win.

What do England need to do to beat the West Indies?



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