Given that the West Indies, and Chris Gayle in particular (although it’s not entirely clear whether he was misinterpreted or not), have more or less said that they don’t want to be in England, the home side’s convincing win in the First Test is looking a little less impressive.
The Second Test is England’s last opportunity to work out the ideal Test side to take into the Ashes. The slightly less than impressive showing with the bat by everyone except Ravi Bopara in the first match is a valid cause for concern, and the Australians certainly won’t roll over as easily as the Windies did at Lord’s.
Kevin Pietersen in particular was uncharacteristically anonymous last week, and will be keen to get back into form before the Aussies arrive. The arrival of Bopara as England’s newest saviour (which may have temporarily usurped KP from his usual role as big-hitter and headline-grabber), and a difficult winter when the latter’s commitment to England came into question on more than one occasion, mean that England’s former captain and foremost Aussie-baiter may feel that he has much to prove.