The T20I series was an unqualified disaster due to no fault of either team but the Gods of Rain. It is a bit poetic then that the Test series is now expected to save a tour so badly wrecked by the T20I series.
Unfortunately for the home side, Test cricket is not their strong suit and this could show in the upcoming Test series, provided that weather permits.
Talking about weather, rain is expected in Kingston all through the week, according to weather.com. Whether it rains hard enough to affect the match is something that remains to be seen.
The five-day format means that many of the Windies’ superstar veterans picked for the T20I series have now disappeared. With them gone, you will find the Calypso Kings featuring plenty of no-name or little known players such as Jomel Warrican, Jayden Seales and Jahmar Hamilton.
Pakistan and the West Indies were closely matched in T20I format and so we expected the series to be very close – had it been played in full. The Test matches, though, are another story.
The Men in Green retain most of their premier talent in the longest format too – something the Windies don’t. Therefore, there could be a daylight difference between the qualities of these two sides when the series begins.
The largely washed out T20I series means that Pakistan do not need to shelve anyone. They can use their premium talent as they’ve played almost no cricket on this tour. That means we can expect the likes of Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali to wreak havoc and Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to be among the runs.