Sat May 5 - Mon May 7 (11.00 BST)
Sussex v West Indians (County Ground, Hove)
Thu May 10 - Sun May 13 (11.00 BST)
England Lions v West Indians (County Ground, Northampton)
Thu May 17 - Mon May 21 (11.00 BST)
1st Test - England v West Indies (Lord's)
Fri May 25 - Tue May 29 (11.00 BST)
2nd Test - England v West Indies (Trent Bridge)
Sat Jun 2 - Sun Jun 3 (11.00 BST)
Leicestershire v West Indians (Grace Road)
Thu Jun 7 - Mon Jun 11 (11.00 BST)
3rd Test - England v West Indies (Edgbaston)
Wed Jun 13 (10:45 BST)
Middlesex v West Indians (Lord's)
Sat Jun 16 (10:45 BST)
1st ODI - England v West Indies (The Rose Bowl)
Tue Jun 19 (10:45 BST)
2nd ODI - England v West Indies (Kennington Oval)
Fri Jun 22 (10:45 BST)
3rd ODI - England v West Indies (Headingley)
Sun Jun 24 (14:30 BST)
Only T20I - England v West Indies (Trent Bridge)
West Indies touring squad: Darren Sammy (capt); Kirk Edwards (vice-capt); Adrian Barath; Darren Bravo; Shivnarine Chanderpaul; Narsingh Deonarine; Fidel Edwards; Assad Fudadin; Shannon Gabriel; Kieran Powell; Kemar Roach; Denesh Ramdin; Ravi Rampaul; Marlon Samuels; Shane Shillingford
England Loins squad: James Taylor (Nottinghamshire) (capt); Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire); Jack Brooks (Northamptonshire); Michael Carberry (Hampshire); Matt Coles (Kent); Nick Compton (Somerset); Jade Dernbach (Surrey); Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire); Stuart Meaker (Surrey); Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire); Joe Root (Yorkshire); Ben Stokes (Durham)
Less than a week until the first tour game versus Mr z's chaps so I thought we were overdue a thread.
Hoping it'll be made official & stickied, but one doesn't like to presume.
Several talking points:
1) Who'll play #6 for England? Ravi looks to have the inside track, but one NRD Compton is holding his hand up. Stokes and Patel probably have their backers too.
2) Can Strauss and/or Bell buy a run and/or keep their places?
3) No Gayle, Bravo sr or Narine in the Windies' squad; is the IPL a calumny on test cricket's primacy?