When the West Indies were preparing for the first ODI against England, many expected a lop-sided show. But contrary to what was being anticipated, the Jason Holder-led side showed a good fight. While England wouldn’t mind them contesting as it only gives them a good test before the Champions trophy. The hosts would really be concerned about securing wins in the remainder of matches so that their ranking sees the much-needed improvement. This remains a high priority task at hands as far as this particular series is concerned for the Windies.
Both teams are likely to keep their squad. England were survived by Eoin Morgan’s brilliance or else the result could have been a bit different that the actual one. Sam Billings, who is playing for a place in the Champions Trophy squad, must have felt that he could have done far better than the 55 he made at North Sound. There are chances that Alex Hales may replace Billings as the opener.
West Indies, although they lost, did a fair job in try to get the distance. The bowlers did a wonderful job. Shannon Gabriel bowled a testing opening spell. Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite also bowled satisfactory spells. Spinners Devendra Bishoo and Ashley Nurse also asserted their dominance. However, it would more sensible to add an all-round option like Rovman Powell by swapping one spinner, mainly because of the batting depth that he would provide.
The hosts had a top order failure and the top three comprising of Kraigg Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Kieran Powell need to start the innings in a positive manner. The hard-hitting all-rounder – Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite – would also be expected to contribute with the bat. A better performance from them in the previous game would have helped the West Indies capitalise on Jason Mohammad and Jonathan Carter’s fighting knock and pocket the game.
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope (wk), Jason Mohammed, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Ashley Nurse, Shannon Gabriel
England: Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Steven Finn.
- England have won 10 of their last 11 against the West Indies.
- Steven Finn needs two more scalps to reach 100-wicket mark. If he achieves the milestone in this series, he’ll be the third-fastest to do so for England.
Who said what?
“We showed that, as a young team, we can compete with England and we can win games,” Jason Mohammed.
“I’m playing for England in the West Indies. What’s not to enjoy?,” Sam Billings