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18 Agosto 2017, 12:51 | Martinez Canez
Edgbaston is all set to host the first ever day-night Test in the country
Now Birmingham-born Ali returns to the city's Edgbaston ground, where he came through the youth ranks with Warwickshire before joining Midlands rivals Worcestershire, for what will also be the England team's first taste of floodlit Test cricket in a series opener against the West Indies starting on Thursday.
West Indies flew into England under the radar for a three-Test series and it has gone virtually unnoticed as all eyes in the last couple of weeks were on Joe Root and his squad completing a historic 3-1 Test thumping of overrated South Africa.
"On the pink ball, which some viewers said they found hard to see on television, he added: "(The vision) stayed consistent throughout, obviously I wasn't in first up, but I generally found the older it got the easier it was to see. Although Hope averages just 19.57 in ten Tests to date, Richardson believes his temperament marks him out as a batsman who can develop into a mature player.
"I think for us, it's mainly just to make it as uncomfortable as possible for their senior players ... and put some pressure on the junior guys who are coming in to make their mark", said Holder.
'Of course you want it to be settled, ' replied Root when asked how important it was to find a solution ahead of this winter's tour to Australia.
However there may be an opportunity at Lord's to give a debut to the gifted young leg-spinner Mason Crane, which would of course require a shifting of personnel and the probable omission of a batsman. "I think it is a great opportunity for the rest of the guys to experience a pink-ball Test match for the first time and I'm really excited to get the week going".
While the tests so far have used the Kookaburra pink ball, this week it will be England's manufacturer of choice - Dukes - whose pink ball will be on show for the first time at this level.
Woakes, meanwhile, is hoping to make his global return from injury as he tries to inch out Toby Roland-Jones as third seamer. "He listens and you can see he would make changes to his game. I'm sure the stand at Edgbaston is going to be bouncing". "It'll be interesting to see how this week pans out".
On a sunny afternoon for this pink-ball match, the scheduled start time was 2pm - with "lunch" at 4pm and then a "tea" interval at 6.40pm, after which the floodlights will be in use for the final session.
On paper England should win this inside four days but the game isn't played on paper as we all know.
'This series is a chance for these newer players to get some idea of what Test cricket is all about.
"It was very unusual and after the start it felt like a one-dayer, I had to calm myself down and tell myself that I might need to be out there all day".
The fifth day/night Test worldwide saw Root win the toss under blue skies and on a good pitch. "We just have to stick to the basics, stick to our processed plans and look to nail those down".
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