England will take on West Indies in the much-anticipated first Test at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday in a three-Test series which marks the resumption of the sport since it was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"There were times where I felt we might not get any cricket this year, I think everyone had that thought in the back of their minds," Ollie Pope said in his column for Sky Sports.
All-rounder Ben Stokes will become England's 81st Test captain in the match. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Stokes will cover for regular skipper Joe Root as captain.
Source: SIFY with inputs from agencies