England v West Indies, 2nd ODI, The Oval June 18, 2012

Sombre atmosphere as England hunt series


Match Facts

June 18, 2012
Start time 10.45 (0945GMT)

The Big Picture

The one-day series continues at The Oval, overshadowed by the death of Tom Maynard, the Surrey batsman, on Monday. Maynard had been tipped to appear at full England level and many of the current squad expressed their dismay at the news. Jade Dernbach, the Surrey pace bowler, has been given compassionate leave from the squad with Warwickshire's Chris Woakes added as cover.

England, though, are unlikely to feel the need to make any changes after a comprehensive 114-run victory to start the series. Ian Bell's comeback century was the headline performance of the match, while the tactic of picking five specialist bowlers paid dividends as they removed West Indies for 172 after the visitors made a promising start to their chase.

After being built up as favourites for the series it was a hugely disappointing performance from West Indies, which steadily went downhill following the early success of removing Alastair Cook for a duck. The bowling attack did not trouble England and, apart from Dwayne Smith, the power-packed batting order failed to live up to its billing. Fingers will be crossed that Chris Gayle is fit to return.

Form guide

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Eoin Morgan's first innings for England since the Twenty20 series against Pakistan in February suggested that he is getting his form back on track. He scooted along at a run-a-ball during a brisk partnership with Bell and appeared to have worked on reducing his pronounced dip in his stance. He is the key to England's middle order, both in his ability to clear the ropes and his skill at pacing a run chase.

Marlon Samuels remains the man in form for West Indies and eased to 30 with a strike-rate of 100 in the first match of the series until falling to his good friend James Anderson. Given how he is playing it was strange that he was not promoted after Darren Bravo's injury; West Indies need to make best use of his form. He was useful with the ball, too, taking a couple of wickets to hold England in the middle of the innings.

Team news

It is likely that only a late injury will lead to England tinkering with their team, although there may be a temptation to fit Samit Patel in the team on a surface that can help the spinners.

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

West Indies were awaiting the results of scans on both Gayle and Andre Russell, with the former desperately needed now Darren Bravo has left the tour with a groin injury. The bowling attack needs a shake up so Russell could be dropped even if fit to allow Tino Best or Fidel Edwards a game.

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

Pitch and conditions

The forecast is dry for the match which, given the English summer so far, is a significant event. Batsmen generally prosper on good one-day pitches at The Oval although for domestic matches Surrey often like them to turn.

Stats and trivia

  • The two teams have only played three previous ODIs at The Oval, the last being the 2004 Champions Trophy final when West Indies won by two wickets

  • If Gayle plays he will be one of two survivors from that match along with Dwayne Bravo

  • An England opening batsman has scored a hundred in their last five ODIs; Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen twice followed by Ian Bell


"Probably in the past, I've tried to hit the ball too hard sometimes and lose my shape - whereas I did exactly as I'd play a Test match, sticking to the shots I know well."
Ian Bell reflected on his second ODI hundred

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • A_Vacant_Slip on June 19, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @Nampally - you are busy looking with one eye at West Indies; "powerful team" etc. What about England? England won ODI series in South Africa last time, beat Pak in UAE last time, beat Sri Lanka in England last time (close series though - SL good team) and thrashed India in England last time - also handsomely beat WI in game 1 of this series. Try not to show you anti-England bias, eh? Anderson, Broad, Swann, Bresnan, Finn - this is too much for most teams. England to win today.

  • 9ST9 on June 19, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - not talking about the elegance of strokeplay here, It's that level of interest and excitement that players like Pietersen and Flintoff generate.

  • suamaams on June 19, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    I Think west indies management is very poor and this reason they not success continue. bating bowling fielding all are strong but why they are failed? i think every body play for himself not for team. today England are clearly favorite both cricket and football. finally we are very sorrow for Maynard.

  • Smithy49 on June 19, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Why is Sammy even part of the team. He can't bat very well, bowls medium pace and isn't a outstanding fielder. Also if they get rid of him Tino Best can go higher in the order and they will also get a new captain.

  • dummy4fb on June 19, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Gayle and Samuels to Play classic innings if Toss WIN BAT first.........270+ score on tis pitch is Good as going on Spinner with head Narine to talk care of middle overs.....Sammy and Bravo key role bowling with pace changing with suituation....Al is wel 2nd ODI WI wil bang..with tis simple formula....Englang can we weakness of SPIN attack on Batting Prade grounds......WI need to rock TODAY

  • jmcilhinney on June 19, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @SachTLG on (June 19 2012, 03:16 AM GMT), sounds like you ought to be watching the T20 team. For an equivalent strike rate, I'd much rather see players driving through the covers than hitting over midwicket. If Ian Bell can maintain some good form from here on in ODIs then he will undoubtedly be my favourite batsman to watch. His one 6 was a proper straight drive and the rest of his runs were all around the wicket from proper cricket shots at over a run a ball. That's my ideal ODI innings to be frank. Whether or not you consider him a class batsman, he's one of the classiest looking batsmen in the world when playing well.

  • lyl67 on June 19, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Simmons has done well in the past as an opener, and it is his best position to bat whereas Dwayne Smith is one who can bat anywhere. West Indies have agood side on paper, their performance with ball and bat must improve. They were very poor last time out as a unit. Oh yeah the fielding as well...... Best wishes and good luck to the team.

  • pommyadders on June 19, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    @Manny Ambedkar...."but ODI I strongly believe that we are at the very least equal.".......... Based on what Manny??? The number of 6's Chris Gayle can hit?? It takes more than bashing 6's to win ODI games my friend. WI are a clear 27 ranking points below England, in fact they sit between NZ and Bangladesh on the ranking lists. England are an incredibly unpredictable ODI side but I fail to see how anyone thought the Windies were favorites for this series.

  • everfaithful77 on June 19, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Some of the West Indies bowling was woeful in the first ODI. Andre RUSSELL in particular bowled poorly and was very expensive. He should be replaced for 2nd ODI preferably by Tino BEST. However capt SAMMY needs to manage the several bowlers at his disposal a lot better. If one bowler is having a bad day try another and bowlers doing well should be persisted with even up to conclusion of 10 overs. This helps to build PRESSURE on opposing batsmen. RAMPAUL who tends to be expensive at the death should only be bowled in short spells of 3 or 4 overs. If Gayle is fit to play then SMITH should bat at no.3. This is a very good Windies team although being lop-sided with ALL- ROUNDERS but all of them deserve their pick in the final 11. The approach to batting must be adjusted from 20/20 to ODI format which requires more discipline. The team for 2nd ODI could read as follows: 1.Gayle, 2.Simmons, 3.Smith, 4.Samuels,5. Bravo, 6.Pollard, 7.Ramdin, 8.Sammy, 9.Best, 10.Rampaul, 11.Narine. GO WINDIES!

  • anver777 on June 19, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Like to see a decider on Friday !!!!!! Good Luck to both teams !!!!!

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