England v West Indies, 1st ODI, West End June 15, 2012

West Indies seek serious scalp

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Match facts


Saturday, June 16, West End
Start time 1045 (0945 GMT)

Big Picture


The one-day leg of West Indies' tour was widely expected to be the point when the tourists become truly competitive against England. For many they are the favourites, such is the firepower they can now call upon. With the IPL complete and disputes between players and the WICB at a cease-fire, Saturday's XI could feature seven changes from the side that played the first Test at Lord's.

It is essential West Indies take something away from this tour; so far their only plus points are the return to form of Marlon Samuels, Tino Best's Edgbaston rampage and Denesh Ramdin's ability to bat with a note in his pocket. They held Australia to a 2-2 draw in the Caribbean and now need to take 'progress', 'positives' and the excuse of being a developing side and turn them into an ODI series win - something they haven't achieved against anyone other than Zimbabwe or Bangladesh (by whom they were whitewashed in 2009) since beating Sri Lanka in April 2008.

They may have caught England at a good time. Kevin Pietersen's retirement not only removes a destructive, in-form player from their line-up but returns England to experiment mode - Ian Bell, should he be passed fit, is set to open the batting and needs to forge a partnership with Alastair Cook. Without Pietersen, England look a touch lightweight; their big guns lie in the bowling department and they are tasked with picking off West Indies' beefier batting line-up.

Form guide (most recent first)


England: WWWWL
West Indies: LWTWL

Players to watch


He's back: Chris Gayle, whom Ottis Gibson has described as the best one-day batsman in the world. Few would disagree with West Indies' coach. Blessed with an outrageous hitting ability but transferring from the flat tracks of the IPL to the seaming conditions of England is a challenge that will take more than hand-eye co-ordination to overcome.

The spotlight in the England team turns to the recalled Ian Bell - offered another chance in ODIs and given the backing of England team director Andy Flower that he is part of the plan for the 2015 World Cup, there is great pressure on Bell to maintain the structure England have put in place for their one-day XI. His failure could spark another major rethink - though after a knock on the chin in practice, England could yet be forced to rejig anyway.

Team news


West Indies' side will bear little resemblance to that which began the Test series. They are stronger for it, with Lendl Simmons and Chris Gayle returning to open the batting and Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard back in the middle order. England may decide to leave out one of their few big-hitters, Jonny Bairstow, in order to field a four-man pace attack, with Tim Bresnan occupying the allrounder's role.

West Indies (possible) 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Dwayne Bravo/Dwayne Smith, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Andre Russell, 9 Darren Sammy (capt), 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Sunil Narine

England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steve Finn

Pitch and conditions


The forecast isn't brilliant so expect ODI conditions only found in England, with the new ball offering plenty and the totals limited by the bowler-friendly environment. That considered, James Taylor had no trouble in smashing an unbeaten century for Nottinghamshire against Hampshire on the same ground in murky conditions last month. His final 90 runs came off just 32 balls.

Stats and trivia


  • Before the match, the two main stands at West End will be renamed - one after Shane Warne, Hampshire captain from 2005 to 2007, and the other after the late Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie, who captained Hampshire to the 1961 County Championship.

  • Ian Bell averages 42.88 in ODIs in England, compared to 28.64 abroad.

  • Chris Gayle has played 51 Twenty20 matches for four different teams since he last played for West Indies.

Quotes


"If you hit it just over the boundary or just over the stands it is still six. Maybe if they were counting runs differently for the amount of rows back, then Chris Gayle would definitely win that contest."
Darren Sammy, West Indies captain, discusses the English media's preoccupation with how far Gayle hits the ball

"I don't think he is special. The kid has hardly played a lot of first-class cricket. He's young and inexperienced. Spinners usually need a few years to mature and bowl well. In the IPL batsman had no time to look at him and Indian pitches always slow-turn so everything was in his favour there."
Geoffrey Boycott on West Indies' "mystery spinner", Sunil Narine

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • StLucia on June 16, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why Chris Gayle is not playing?

  • Seenarine-53 on June 16, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Ok cricket fans, Sit back and enjoy a fine ODI cricket match. Two powerhouse teams with a lot of history together. Both teams have a lot to prove on the field, history will be made today ,Bell coming back ( I hope he plays today ), Chris Gayle return to the W.I. team, Welcome back ,do what you do best. Show us why you are the best. Sunil Narine good luck. The stage is set, good luck.

  • TheLight on June 16, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    @RasBweeho. I think u are getting carried away saying Charles is better than Simmons. Charles has a first class average of 17 and has never scored a first class hundred so what are you basing your statement? Charles was also outclassed by the lowly barath who outperformed him in the ODI matches against Aus, so please stop being emotional with your statements. Charles is not even in the top 5 best opening batsmen in the Caribbean.

  • VillageBlacksmith on June 16, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    ''England may decide to leave out one of their few big-hitters, Jonny Bairstow''... Only Eng would leave out this guy (their only big hitter and matchwinner left) and reinstate the dropped tortoise (1 ton from 108 odis)... KP forced out by the intransigence of the ECB (The ECB gave more support to Stanford) and Bell is the replacement with Jonny B potentially left out. The ROI on my ticket is starting to look very thin...

  • on June 16, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    west indies looks very dangerous in odi's and t20's now that gayle is back they are a force to reckon

  • Passad459 on June 16, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    BLOW OUT!!!!!!!LET'S GO WEST INDIES.

  • atulpatil on June 16, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    These windies team will make England run for there money. Gaylestrom is back and surely he will be as hungry as ever. Without KP England will suffer. Good luck WI.

  • WindiesWillow on June 16, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Remember in our West Indian anthem it says...."Little keys can open mighty doors." Take it to them....England will be very nervous. West Indies has notheing to lose, which makes them very dangerous especially with this line up. We will win this series.

  • HamidYakub on June 16, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    I think Tino Best should be given chance in Odi's because he has shown tremendous aggression against England in last test so he should be given chance in for first 2 Odi's atleast

  • RasBweego on June 16, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Give me a break plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Start Simmons before Johnson Charles???????????? Hogwash ablsolutely Hogwash; Johnson Charles is a better fit to open with Gayle..... Let we not get carried away nuh!!

  • StLucia on June 16, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why Chris Gayle is not playing?

  • Seenarine-53 on June 16, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Ok cricket fans, Sit back and enjoy a fine ODI cricket match. Two powerhouse teams with a lot of history together. Both teams have a lot to prove on the field, history will be made today ,Bell coming back ( I hope he plays today ), Chris Gayle return to the W.I. team, Welcome back ,do what you do best. Show us why you are the best. Sunil Narine good luck. The stage is set, good luck.

  • TheLight on June 16, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    @RasBweeho. I think u are getting carried away saying Charles is better than Simmons. Charles has a first class average of 17 and has never scored a first class hundred so what are you basing your statement? Charles was also outclassed by the lowly barath who outperformed him in the ODI matches against Aus, so please stop being emotional with your statements. Charles is not even in the top 5 best opening batsmen in the Caribbean.

  • VillageBlacksmith on June 16, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    ''England may decide to leave out one of their few big-hitters, Jonny Bairstow''... Only Eng would leave out this guy (their only big hitter and matchwinner left) and reinstate the dropped tortoise (1 ton from 108 odis)... KP forced out by the intransigence of the ECB (The ECB gave more support to Stanford) and Bell is the replacement with Jonny B potentially left out. The ROI on my ticket is starting to look very thin...

  • on June 16, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    west indies looks very dangerous in odi's and t20's now that gayle is back they are a force to reckon

  • Passad459 on June 16, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    BLOW OUT!!!!!!!LET'S GO WEST INDIES.

  • atulpatil on June 16, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    These windies team will make England run for there money. Gaylestrom is back and surely he will be as hungry as ever. Without KP England will suffer. Good luck WI.

  • WindiesWillow on June 16, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Remember in our West Indian anthem it says...."Little keys can open mighty doors." Take it to them....England will be very nervous. West Indies has notheing to lose, which makes them very dangerous especially with this line up. We will win this series.

  • HamidYakub on June 16, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    I think Tino Best should be given chance in Odi's because he has shown tremendous aggression against England in last test so he should be given chance in for first 2 Odi's atleast

  • RasBweego on June 16, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Give me a break plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Start Simmons before Johnson Charles???????????? Hogwash ablsolutely Hogwash; Johnson Charles is a better fit to open with Gayle..... Let we not get carried away nuh!!

  • jmcilhinney on June 16, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    If Bell is out just for this game then I don't see England bringing another player into the squad. They'd probably move Kieswetter back up to open and bring in Bairstow down the order. I'd say that WI have the edge in batting but England have the edge in bowling, so it should be a good contest. If WI batsmen are a little circumspect rather than just trying to hit everything then I'd make them favourites. If players like Gayle assume that they can play the way they did in the IPL then we could see a lot of wickets fall cheaply. They spent some time in the middle in the recent warm up, which is always good, but that attack wasn't a patch on what they'll face here.

  • on June 16, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    O GAWD !!!! CANT WAIT . . .

    SPEECHLESS... FIRE from the land of oil.

  • Passad459 on June 16, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    WI should take this series quite easy. Best limited overs team on paper- Gayle, Smith, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Ramdin, Pollard, Sammy, Russell, Rampaul and give Narine a try. I would even leave Narine out and add Simmons to the mix. This group could score 300 plus every game, even with the English pacers.

  • VivGilchrist on June 15, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    In what way would Simmons be in front of Smith? Smith is in better form, scores quicker, fields better, and is a better bowler. Smith has improved so much of late and is a better batsman that his record shows. He may even be an option to open in Tests, after all Barath, Braithwaite, Simmons, and Powell, haven't done enough to cement there spots yet.

  • on June 15, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Have people actually watched chris gayle? If you did you would know that he loves pace bowling, where his weakness lies especially early in the innings is spin. This is because of his lack of foot movement. Opening with a spinner has been used against him, even in the world cup and has been a bit successful.------- West Indies has a good sqaud on paper and potential but they must perform

  • on June 15, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    If they use Dwayne Smith & Chris Gayle to open they will have one of the most aggressive batting line-ups in world cricket. And 7 players who could be classed one day all-rounders in Smith, Sammy, Bravo, Pollard, Russell, Gayle AND Samuels.

  • on June 15, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    can someone please tell me what has Johnson Charles done wrong since his inclusion as opening batsman????

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 15, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    It'll probably be a sodden anticlimax looking at the forecasts. I would leave Bell out unless he is insistent on playing. Not worth repeating the blow. I hope England are not mesmerised by the arrival of WI stars as we have taken them to the cleaners often enough with the likes of Gayle and Bravo in the side.

  • kundi25 on June 15, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    My squad for the one-day series would be : chris gayle,dinesh ramdin,darren bravo,marlon samuels,dwayne smith,dwayne bravo,pollard,sammy,russel,narine,rampaul........

    I would like to see either smith or ramdin to open the innings with gayle...... russel can also be replaced by tino best....go windies....

  • on June 15, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    I agree with Zaid Mohammad, Smith to open especially after his 96 against Middlesex, he opens in T20 and has been doing well batting high in the order, also would consider Best/Edwards for Narine depending on temperature and dampness of conditions, remember two new balls will be used and 2 bouncers per over allowed while fewer fielders are outside of the circle.

  • on June 15, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    I think West Indies are a fine team just lacked the final punch to go for victories (seeing this since India went to WI,and then WI came here and also Australia went to WI and now the test series ) who knows Gayle maybe give that to WI and they have been reasonable in ODI version (result vise)

  • yorkshirematt on June 15, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    @ Mayan Viljoen We'll only take Narine seriously if he becomes unplayable in tests, like ajmal. At the moment the jury is very much still out.

  • on June 15, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    ..don't see why Simmons would be opening! Smith would be a better opener. Also, Darren Bravo should be rested to make way for one more fast bowler, Tino Best, who has earned a shot. So the lineup would be: Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Russell, Sammy, Ramdin, Best, Rampaul, Narine.

  • on June 15, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    i dunno why people are forgetting that gayle was successful at the T20 format in Australia aswell and those wickets werent slow and turning................

  • Shuresh29 on June 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    WI shouldnt play 6 allrounders C.GAYLE, D.SMITH, D.BRAVO, K.POLLARD, D.SAMMY & A.RUSSEL. Team should play 1.Gayle 2.Simmons 3.DM Bravo 4.SAMUELS 5.RAMDIN 6. POLLARD 7. DJ BRAVO 8.RUSSEL 9.SAMMY 10.NARINE 11. RAMPAUL 12TH MAN SMITH.

  • on June 15, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    I disagree with Lendl Simmons. Lendl Simmons will should be replaced by Dwayne Smith.

  • Sinhaya on June 15, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Come on Windies! Go all out to win 3-0. Pollard, Russell, Gayle and Sammy can blitz the English bowlers to all corners.

  • on June 15, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    for d love of the game now can we leave out ramdin and let Lendl Simmons keep so we can make room for all our allrounders but i like d team. not let us start to win and stop answering question as to what went wrong.

  • on June 15, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Actually Sunil Narine isn't a Great factor in Upcoming Series. Doesn't matter whther the pitch is Slow or Fast turning, Players like Strauss, Cook, Prior can thrash him anytime. and the next thing in Rumor is Gayle| Dr. Smith etc. They can only Use their Muscle Power Only if ball comes straight, But Jimmy Knows How to make the ball swing in/out/reverse.

  • phendel on June 15, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    bring it on England........ENG may be bowler heavy but the WI bowling attack is really good too....Rampaul & Narine will be the backbone but with 7 all-rounders ENG players wont get time to settle & will find themselves short of a big target.....& with Darren Sammy coming in at #9 England shud be expecting to chase a lot of runs......cant wait until tomorrow!!!! GO WI!!!!

  • Sarthak1305 on June 15, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    couple of things Darren sammy is keeping out dwayne smith or dwayen bravo which will hurt WI as Smith is in form and Bravo can hit almost any delivery for runs/ bowls his variations and his feilding is barely under the realms of the law of physics and Gayle could be a flop because the swing and pace in the track yet no one can deny the aura the allows others to feel they can win so all in all GO WINDIES its time you started to win again

  • Bilal94 on June 15, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    I would make just one change to the predicted WI 11.Open the innings with Dwyane Smith rather than Simmons.I hope the WI thrash The English side.

  • on June 15, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    My Squad Chris Gayle,Dwayne Smith,Marlon Samuels,Dwayne Bravo,Keiron Pollard,Andre Russel,Darren Sammy,L.Simmons(W.K),S.Naraine,Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards. 3 spinners 2 fast 3 Fast Medium 3 Medium all r bowlers 8 out of 11 are useful batsmen

  • on June 15, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    We shall see Mr. Geoffrey Boycott if Narine is still so ordinary after this ODI series . . .

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  • on June 15, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    We shall see Mr. Geoffrey Boycott if Narine is still so ordinary after this ODI series . . .

  • on June 15, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    My Squad Chris Gayle,Dwayne Smith,Marlon Samuels,Dwayne Bravo,Keiron Pollard,Andre Russel,Darren Sammy,L.Simmons(W.K),S.Naraine,Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards. 3 spinners 2 fast 3 Fast Medium 3 Medium all r bowlers 8 out of 11 are useful batsmen

  • Bilal94 on June 15, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    I would make just one change to the predicted WI 11.Open the innings with Dwyane Smith rather than Simmons.I hope the WI thrash The English side.

  • Sarthak1305 on June 15, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    couple of things Darren sammy is keeping out dwayne smith or dwayen bravo which will hurt WI as Smith is in form and Bravo can hit almost any delivery for runs/ bowls his variations and his feilding is barely under the realms of the law of physics and Gayle could be a flop because the swing and pace in the track yet no one can deny the aura the allows others to feel they can win so all in all GO WINDIES its time you started to win again

  • phendel on June 15, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    bring it on England........ENG may be bowler heavy but the WI bowling attack is really good too....Rampaul & Narine will be the backbone but with 7 all-rounders ENG players wont get time to settle & will find themselves short of a big target.....& with Darren Sammy coming in at #9 England shud be expecting to chase a lot of runs......cant wait until tomorrow!!!! GO WI!!!!

  • on June 15, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Actually Sunil Narine isn't a Great factor in Upcoming Series. Doesn't matter whther the pitch is Slow or Fast turning, Players like Strauss, Cook, Prior can thrash him anytime. and the next thing in Rumor is Gayle| Dr. Smith etc. They can only Use their Muscle Power Only if ball comes straight, But Jimmy Knows How to make the ball swing in/out/reverse.

  • on June 15, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    for d love of the game now can we leave out ramdin and let Lendl Simmons keep so we can make room for all our allrounders but i like d team. not let us start to win and stop answering question as to what went wrong.

  • Sinhaya on June 15, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Come on Windies! Go all out to win 3-0. Pollard, Russell, Gayle and Sammy can blitz the English bowlers to all corners.

  • on June 15, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    I disagree with Lendl Simmons. Lendl Simmons will should be replaced by Dwayne Smith.

  • Shuresh29 on June 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    WI shouldnt play 6 allrounders C.GAYLE, D.SMITH, D.BRAVO, K.POLLARD, D.SAMMY & A.RUSSEL. Team should play 1.Gayle 2.Simmons 3.DM Bravo 4.SAMUELS 5.RAMDIN 6. POLLARD 7. DJ BRAVO 8.RUSSEL 9.SAMMY 10.NARINE 11. RAMPAUL 12TH MAN SMITH.