England’s batsmen must curb their attacking instincts on tough Caribbean pitches to extend their dominance in the limited-overs game, skipper Eoin Morgan said ahead of Wednesday’s first one-day international against the West Indies.
England are keen to respond to a 2-1 defeat in the three-match Test series but the world’s top-ranked ODI side are well aware of the challenges they face to claim a 10th consecutive series success in the 50-over format.
England’s ODI success in recent years has installed them as top contenders for the World Cup starting 30 May which they host along with Wales and Morgan said that his team were at ease with the tag despite having never claimed the trophy.
The first game of the 5-match ODI series between Windies and England will be hosted by the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2019
Timing: 08:00 PM PKT
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Weather: Bright and sunny in Barbados.
Conditions / Pitch Report: Wednesday is expected to be warm and sunny with temperatures ranging between 29 and 24°C. Coincidentally, the last ODI played at this venue was also between these two sides, where England posted 328 runs, batting first, and won the match by 186 runs.
Head to Head:
Matches: 96 | England: 49 | West Indies: 42 | NR: 5
England: L W W W (completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies: L W L L L
England’s 50-over side are a different beast from their Test equivalents, of course, sitting top of the rankings and entering a fine-tuning mode ahead of a World Cup they are fancied to win.
Alex Hales played the warm-up match as a middle order batsman after Jos Buttler was given the chance to recharge his batteries. That is likely to be the only change from that convincing 171-run win.
England’s Probable XI:
1. Jason Roy, 2. Jonny Bairstow, 3. Joe Root, 4. Eoin Morgan, 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Jos Buttler, 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Chris Woakes, 9. Liam Plunkett, 10. Adil Rashid, 11. Mark Wood
2. West Indies
The West Indies have added Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell and John Campbell to their squad for the first two one-day internationals against England.
The changes were made following injuries to Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell and Evin Lewis, as well as the four-game ban handed out to paceman Shannon Gabriel following his exchange with Joe Root in the third Test.
The return of white-ball specialists Chris Gayle and Carlos Brathwaite bolsters a potent Windies batting line-up that already has Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Darren Bravo. Led by their inspirational captain Jason Holder,
West Indies Probable XI:
1. Chris Gayle, 2. Nicholas Pooran, 3. Shai Hope, 4. Darren Bravo, 5. Shimron Hetmeyer, 6. Jason Holder (c), 7. Carlos Brathwaite, 8. Ashley Nurse, 9. Devendra Bishoo, 10. Oshane Thomas, 11. Kemar Roach
Players to watch:
1. Chris Gayle – Batsman, West Indies
Chris Gayle is always a dangerous player when it comes to the shortest format of the game. One of the most powerful hitters of the ball, Gayle doesn’t need any time to adjust and can switch gears in an instant. He has been very consistent with the runs for West Indies and could be one of the most important players in the series.
2. Shai Hope – Bowler, West Indies
Hope has two centuries and a 43 in his last three ODIs and he carries on his shoulders the hopes of a strong Windies show should this power-packed England line-up post a daunting total. His ODI average of 47.48 is commendable.
3. Eoin Morgan – Batsman, England
The England captain has four half-centuries in his last six ODI innings and although he played his last 50-over match in October 2018, the left-hander knows how to rise to the occasion.
4. Ben Stokes – All-rounder, England
A player of his quality is always a danger for opposition bowlers as he often tends to take the game away with his maximums.
Stats and trivia:
- West Indies’ last bilateral series win in ODIs came against Bangladesh in 2014.
- England have won their last nine ODIs against West Indies, including a 186-run thrashing in Barbados two years ago.
- Joe Root needs 54 runs to become the fourth Englishman to reach 5000 in ODIs.