March 2, Antigua
Start time 9.30am (13.30GMT)
The Big Picture
Stuart Broad described England’s opening as “brilliant” for all though a final 10 overs of any innings opposite West Indies in a opening ODI in Antigua as they conceded 269 for 6 and afterwards collapsed to remove by 15 runs.
Those reduction swayed by England’s speak of a new epoch were reduction impressed. England did concur 116 in those final 10 overs (and even some-more strikingly 85 off a final 5 as Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy went ballistic), though sum compensation arguably usually practical to a initial 16 overs with a round when they took 4 West Indies wickets, and left with a bat a notation Michael Lumb left a crease.
Broad’s preference not to play Ben Stokes on such a turgid, nonchalant aspect was a strong-minded call that formed on Stokes’ new one-day displays hexed some logic, though his preference to risk Joe Root’s offspin in a shutting overs was seeking too many and, as a West Indies set themselves adult for a final assault from Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy, Ravi Bopara seemed estimable of a spell on such a surface.
West Indies, by contrast, will pleasure in how they twice incited a diversion in their foster with both bat and ball, recuperating once some-more after Michael Lumb’s hundred had clearly put England within operation of victory. They were helped by England’s confusion, by Broad’s possess admission, over what constitutes a far-reaching in one-day cricket. It seems as if their investigate is not all it is burst adult to be.
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Watch out for…
Sunil Narine was identified as a pivotal figure before a opening ODI and zero has changed. Only Lumb seemed to review him with any confidence. England’s record opposite unusual spin (and mostly spin of any sort) in limited-overs cricket stays bad and, with World Twenty20 set for Bangladesh this month, they urgently need to correct up.
There was many to admire about Moeen Ali’s England debut, though it did zero to diffuse his repute as a builder of ethereal 40s: that is accurately what he did, and he was unsatisfactory before he got out wrongly atto take assign of England for some-more than a few days. But not usually will his captaincy skills be key, he is now a attack-leader in a limited-overs formats. England do not have many bowlers who can change a diversion in a spell: Broad is one of them. How he uses himself around a several fielding restrictions will be engaging to watch.
West Indies competence be tempted to give left-arm spinner Nikita Miller a go after watching England’s problems opposite Sunil Narine, nonetheless it is formidable to see how they could change a side so an unvaried XI is some-more likely.
West Indies (possible) 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Kieron Powell, 3 Kirk Edwards, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Lendl Simmons, 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Jason Holder.
England will take no risks with possibly Eoin Morgan or Alex Hales forward of World Twenty20. With no apparent choice accessible for Luke Wright, maybe Tim Bresnan is many underneath hazard if England confirm to make changes, with Jade Dernbach and Stephen Parry in a wings.
England (possible) 1 Moeen Ali, 2 Michael Lumb, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Joe Root, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 Chris Jordan, 11 James Tredwell
Pitch and conditions
The miss of gait in West Indies’ pitches contingency be a cause in their ubiquitous decline, though judging by a initial ODI, zero is about to change. The representation will be re-used and is doubtful to be any livelier than initial time around.
Stats and trivia
- Michael Lumb was a ninth batsman to make a century on his ODI debut, and a second England batsman, following Dennis Amiss opposite Australia during Old Trafford in 1972.Andy Flower, who stood down as England’s group executive shortly after their Ashes whitewash, was, incidentally, one of a others.
- Curtly Ambrose, one of 3 former West Indies players to be knighted during a initial ODI, noted a honour by some celebratory tunes during a circuitously casino in his purpose as drum guitarist in a reggae band.
Dwayne Bravo, West Indies captain
“If I’m brutally honest, we had utterly a clever devise to play far-reaching yorkers and
get a guys attack into a large wind, and we got finished a small bit by not
knowing a rules, we suppose.”
Stuart Broad, England captain, bemoans difficulty over a wides regulations in ODIs