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International Cricket - Cricket: Work for West Indies and England

After drawing the first Test in Antigua, the West Indies and England will be looking at how they can both improve ahead of the second contest in Barbados.

Cricket enthusiasts will be hoping for a better wicket in the second Test, which begins on Wednesday, after the slow and lifeless pitch witnessed in the series opener.

The West Indies are 15/8 to win the second Test in Barbados, while it is 11/4 for another draw and 6/5 for England to move into a 1-0 lead.

With just a few days to assess and prepare for that second meeting, we have taken a look at what both teams could do with improving or tweaking before the first day's play.

What do the West Indies need?

Mental resilience

The West Indies made solid starts in both of their innings, reaching 83 without loss in the first before getting to 59 without losing a wicket in the second.

However, they suffered batting collapses to hand the initiative back to England, slipping to 127-4 in the first innings and going from 59-0 to 67-4 in the second innings.

After building solid platforms on both occasions, it would have been disappointing for the coaching team to see errors creep in and they will be eager to see better mental toughness in Barbados.

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Tighter bowling

The West Indies started off with the ball very well in the first Test, reducing England to 48-4, but they seemed to take their foot off the gas and get a bit wayward with their line and length.

If they are going to get the better of England, whose batting has looked frail on more than one occasion, then they need to keep the pressure on and force their opponents into errors.

Captain Kraigg Brathwaite discussed this in his post-match interview on BT Sport, saying: "First innings, we were good with the new ball. In the middle we need to find ways to be tighter.

"If we bring the runs down throughout the innings, that builds pressure and makes those wickets easier to get."

Not allowing England easy runs when new batsmen first come to the crease is something which could be the difference between victory and another drawn Test.

Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales both impressed with the ball in Antigua, taking four wickets each in the match, while Alzarri Joseph bettered his teammates by ending up with five scalps.

If the trio can maintain their high levels throughout an innings and put the squeeze on England, there is every chance they will be taking more wickets between them in Barbados.

What do England need?

Pace must be brought in

With Mark Wood injuring his elbow in the first Test and a huge doubt for the Barbados encounter, England will likely have to make at least one change to their bowling attack.

Depending on what the wicket is like, possessing pace is an absolute must and this is something the Three Lions missed in Antigua with Wood unable to bowl over the last two and a half days.

Ollie Robinson missed the first Test because of a back injury but returned to training during the match and he could be recalled if fit, while uncapped Saqib Mahmood would also offer some extra zip.

Questions still remain over the potency of Chris Woakes in abroad conditions, with the seamer taking just one wicket across the drawn Test, and he could be one to make way.

First innings platform

Joe Root and Zak Crawley may have thrived in the second innings in Antigua, scoring 109 and 121 respectively, but the batting frailties were exposed in the first innings.

Getting runs on the board first up is crucial, as this gives you the ability to set more attacking fields early on when bowling while it also puts the opposition under pressure straight away.

Had it not been for Jonny Bairstow, England would have been in real trouble early doors and the top order must start delivering at the first time of asking.

Alex Lees needs a solid showing, having fallen cheaply on both occasions on his debut, while Dan Lawrence is another that would benefit from some runs despite his swashbuckling cameo in the second innings.

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