Bairstow: England must focus on West Indies before turning attention to Ashes

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He explained, "it feels lighter off the bat".

The fact it is England's first day-night Test, and West Indies' second, could also play to their advantage.

While many England players have raised question marks over the pink Duke ball Holder insists his side have "accepted" it. "The players are the game, they held all the cards and it was good unity from the Australian players to stick together and I'm just delighted that the Ashes series will be going ahead as planned".

The first England-West Indies Test will be played with pick balls.

'We're playing with something that is completely new to us but we will still have to stamp our authority on West Indies.

"It's not the strongest West Indies team I've seen, for sure, but it's very risky to write off anybody in global cricket", he told Omnisport, speaking on behalf of Investec.

Barely any. Rain blighted the recent round of a round of County Championship matches with only Alastair Cook (193 runs off 280 balls for Essex) and James Anderson (2-64 off 32 overs) enjoying decent exposure to the conditions.

Besides this, the ball also seems to deteriorate quickly, making it hard for both, batsmen and bowlers to play with. Anderson was in brilliant form in the recently-concluded 3-1 victory over South Africa and has taken his Test career tally to 487. "Following the scores in the West Indies' warm-up match at Derby, it looked like they had a great week with the pink ball". Only one of the squad is older than 29 and the batsmen, in particular, have limited Test match experience.

'I've tried speaking to people about it and the county players who used it earlier this season said it didn't shine up very well at all and went soft very quickly. "You never want to go into a series with guys out of form or under pressure but I think that is one of the challenges of Test cricket".

This will be the fifth day-night test match, with Australia involved in three of them - first against New Zealand in 2015 and then against South Africa and Pakistan. "It is the same team we've been travelling with".

"There's been a lot said about this cricket team and that is motivation for them". I've bowled one ball with the pink ball - I got it relatively straight!

By shifting the match timings, the hope is that more people will choose to watch Test cricket after work - indeed, you need only take a half-day's holiday to attend a game - and that more children can get a taste for it after school.

England face Australia this winter Down Under as they contest the latest edition of the Ashes, and Root knows how important it is to successfully fill the troublesome opening slot before that series begins. We could see the first ever sub introduced because a fielder's got heartburn although, as with extra tea and biscuits, my concerns may not be universally regarded as a huge threat to the game. "It's pretty exciting time to be involved in this Test team actually".

What to expect: The Edgbaston groundsman has not been given any instructions to leave extra grass on the surface to help keep the pink ball shiny, so it is likely to be a good, true surface for batting with some pace and bounce for the bowlers.

Stuart Broad says he will be wearing leggings under his pants in the evening session.