ENG vs WI 2017: West Indies Favourite To Win The T20 Match
The West Indies tour of England has reached the limited-overs format, with their only T20I to be played on Saturday at Chester-le-Street. West Indies showed some character in the Test series and shocked the English team by winning the second Test at Headingley. Now, we head to Durham – the venue of the only T20I.
The last T20 between the two teams was the final at the 2016 World T20 which the English team would like to forget. West Indies have always been a powerhouse in the T20 format.
West Indies lead England 3-1 in head to head contest in T20 format. West Indies have won all the three previous matches between the two countries.
England has had a mixed bag record in the T20 format. Of late, they have been a formidable team in the limited-overs form. Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali have a revolution for the English side recently, but they have been rested for the sole T20 international against West Indies. This decision can be crucial regarding the result of the match. Their bowling department will be boosted by the inclusion of Tom Curran, who impressed with his death bowling against South Africa.
Eoin Morgan who leads the side in the limited over format has been in good form of late and will be looking to avenge his team’s loss in the World T20 final.
Eoin Morgan(c), Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey
West Indies, on the other hand, are the current World T20 champions and have dominated the T20 format since its inception. They have recalled their veteran opener Chris Gayle, and Marlon Samuels to the nation after a long conflict with the board was sorted. West Indies will have also included the experienced Kieron Pollard and Ashley Nurse to their ranks. Evin Lewis has been a great find for the Windies at the top of the order. He scored a blistering 53 ball hundred against India couple of months ago.
Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Ronsford Beaton, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton (wk), Kesrick Williams
The match is going to be a high-intensity clash between two strong limited over teams. However, West Indies will still enter the match as strong favorites to win the match looking at the record between the two teams. England will not go down so easily and will look to avenge a heartbreaking loss in the final. West Indies have the upper hand and will continue their winning run.
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