England drop Denly for second test, Root returns

VIDEO SHOWS: ENGLAND TRAINING, VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE WITH ENGLAND CAPTAIN JOE ROOT, VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE WITH WEST INDIES CAPTAIN JASON HOLDER

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SHOWS:

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 14, 2020) (ECB - MUST CREDIT ENGLAND AND WALES CRICKET BOARD)

1. ENGLAND WARMING UP BEFORE TEAM TRAINING SESSION AT OLD TRAFFORD CRICKET GROUND

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 15, 2020) (ECB - MUST CREDIT ENGLAND AND WALES CRICKET BOARD)

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND CAPTAIN, JOE ROOT, SAYING:

"It's never an easy decision and it's never easy having to leave someone out of the team. With Joe (Denly), over a period of time, he's done a brilliant job for us. He's helped show our identity as a side and how we want to play moving forward. And he's been a big part of that. He's batted long periods of time and laid a platform for guys behind him in the order to go and make big scores. It's a very difficult decision we've had to make and gone a different way but I think he's done a good job over a period of time."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 14, 2020) (ECB - MUST CREDIT ENGLAND AND WALES CRICKET BOARD)

3. SQUAD WARMING UP DURING TEAM TRAINING SESSION

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 15, 2020) (ECB - MUST CREDIT ENGLAND AND WALES CRICKET BOARD)

4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND CAPTAIN, JOE ROOT, SAYING:

"To be quite honest, I think, you watch Zak's (Crawley) progression since he's been involved in the team and the way his game continues to get stronger. And as I said, Joe is someone who's done a fantastic job for us over a period of time, and I think he'll be just as frustrated as anyone that he's not managed to quite convert those opportunities. It's certainly not a closed door for him. He's been a big part of our squad for some time now. If he gets an opportunity to come back again, then I'm sure he'll be desperate to take it."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 14, 2020) (ECB - MUST CREDIT ENGLAND AND WALES CRICKET BOARD)

5. MORE OF ENGLAND TRAINING

6. SQUAD RUNNING SPRINTS

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 15, 2020) (WICB - MUST CREDIT WEST INDIES CRICKET BOARD)

7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WEST INDIES CAPTAIN, JASON HOLDER, SAYING:

"There's no pressure for us. We don't get caught up in the off-the-field noise and everyone talking. It's more or less just us to play cricket, we're just here to play cricket and each individual has a role within the team. And it's more or less us focusing on our individual roles to put together a strong collective effort. But yeah, we don't hear any noise on the outside. It's more or less us focusing on what we need to do to in order to win the series."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 14, 2020) (ECB - MUST CREDIT ENGLAND AND WALES CRICKET BOARD)

8. ENGLAND'S DOM BESS BOWLING IN THE NETS

9. ENGLAND'S STUART BROAD BOWLING DURING TRAINING SESSION AT THE OLD TRAFFORD CRICKET GROUND

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 15, 2020) (WICB - MUST CREDIT WEST INDIES CRICKET BOARD)

10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WEST INDIES CAPTAIN, JASON HOLDER, ON 'UNBELIEVABLE' FEAT OF BEATING ENGLAND IN A TEST SERIES IN ENGLAND, SAYING:

"I'm not sure about the word you use in terms of 'unbelievable', but look, this series is still wide open. There are ten days of cricket left. As I said in the last press conference, it's one day at a time for us. England is a very good cricket team. They've got some world-class players, so we've got our work cut out in order to win another game. But I don't get too far out ahead of ourselves. This group, to me, has done an outstanding job, not only in this series so far, but in the last couple of years in terms of our results. But again, I don't like the word you use in terms of 'unbelievable', but if that's the word you choose to use, fair enough."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 14, 2020) (ECB - MUST CREDIT ENGLAND AND WALES CRICKET BOARD)

11. MORE OF BESS BOWLING DURING TRAINING

12. GENERAL DO OLD TRAFFORD CRICKET GROUND

SHOWS: England have dropped Joe Denly for the second test against West Indies which begins on Thursday (July 16) at Old Trafford, with captain Joe Root returning to the side.

Root missed the first test at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton to attend the birth of his child, with Ben Stokes taking the reins.

Denly, who averages under 30 in tests, was dismissed for 18 and 29 in England's four-wicket defeat in the series-opener.

Root will slot into his usual number four role, while Zak Crawley, who struck an impressive 76 in the second innings at Southampton, will move up to three.

Denly, who made his test debut against the West Indies last year, has reached double figures 24 times in 28 innings but has managed just six half-centuries.

England are set to make a decision on pacer Stuart Broad later on. Broad was omitted for the series-opener as England opted for the speed of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood and the experience of James Anderson in their pace attack.

Following their victory in Southampton, West Indies are on the verge of sealing their first test series win in England in more than three decades.

Thursday's game is the first of two back-to-back tests at Manchester which will be played behind closed doors in a biosecure environment.

(Production: Kurt Michael Hall)

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