Richard Kettleborough (England, TV), Michael Gough (England), Richard Illingworth (England)
The Rose Bowl pitch left everyone scratching their heads as there was no swing on offer, just some lateral seam movement at times. However, the Old Trafford pitch might be conducive to the bowlers and they might have a better chance to swing the ball around. The absence of saliva has a visible effect on the cricket ball but the Old Trafford pitch known for its swinging and seaming conditions should aid both sides. England should definitely play Stuart Broad in this all-important encounter.
Unlike Southampton where the rain played a spoilsport on the first day, the weather forecast at Manchester says that the first day of the game will be cloudy, but the players will be greeted by bright sunshine for the next four days. The fans would hope that the entire Test match goes uninterrupted.
Winning the first match in the English conditions is always a big advantage, especially when the series is only three matches. West Indies buoyed by drawing the first blood will be raring to close the series in this one. Meanwhile, England needs to get its house in order. The selection conundrum was the talking point in the previous match and England needs to get its team selection spot on if they are to have any chance to take this series to a decider. The selection headache of picking Joe Denly and Jos Buttler in the side or not will be a major selection hurdle. However, Joe Root and the team management will be looking to bring back the old rearguard Stuart Broad back into the team.
Last 5 Head To Head
The second match of the series and England will be under pressure after losing the first match. West Indies put an incredible team performance as skipper Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel and Jermaine Blackwood led from the front. England's bowling looked a bit insipid in absence of Stuart Broad in the first inning and therefore the poms will be looking to make amends in that department. With the series on the line, expect England to come back stronger in this one.