England v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Headingley June 21, 2012

Last chance for tourists to impress

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Match facts


Friday June 22, Headingley
Start time 1045 (0945 GMT)

Big Picture


Rotation has been on everybody's mind since England took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series and rested Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and the local favourite, Tim Bresnan, for the final tie at Headingley.

Some supporters are complaining that they are being short-changed and former England internationals, Michael Atherton foremost among them, have talked of how resting players devalues the cap, whatever the reason, but England's director of cricket, Andy Flower, will not be deflected from his task of winning as many important cricket matches as possible. If that means resting leading England players ahead of a five-match series against Australia, so far little discussed but bound to pick up momentum, and a Test series against South Africa then so be it. And better rested, it might be argued, than injured. That is even before you consider the benefits of discovering more about players on the fringe of the side.

England's policy of maintaining county cricket by the proceeds of a non-stop international summer cannot exist without tensions. The ailing domestic Twenty20 tournament, weakened by dismal weather and the late withdrawals of overseas players whose contracts are now barely worth the paper they are written on and the absence of England players, is suffocated by the very England programme that is meant to support it. What English cricket needs is reliance upon more players, not the same elite squad playing interminably to prop up the first-class structure.

As for West Indies, as their coach Ottis Gibson has remarked, losing sides do not have the luxury of resting players. Darren Bravo has already returned home because of injury and Chris Gayle and Andre Russell are carrying injuries. This is not a dead rubber for West Indies - it is a chance to impress upon their long-suffering supporters that they have been better than also-rans.

Form guide


England: WWWWW
West Indies: LLLWT

Players to watch


Getting his chance again as Graeme Swann is rested, Samit Patel has to prove that he is worthy of a place in English conditions. He performed admirably in India and against Pakistan in the UAE but a second spinner in England is regarded as surplus to requirements. This is Patel's chance to show is he more of an option than backup to Swann, particularly with James Tredwell also in the squad.

Another player with something very much to prove is Lendl Simmons. He had a terrible time at The Oval and his highest score since joining the tour is 23. Johnson Charles was preferred to him for the Australia series and the selectors may be looking back to Charles is Simmons doesn't produce something of note at Headingley.

Stats and Trivia


  • The last time West Indies were in Leeds, in 2009, the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled after torrential overnight rain. Blame was attached on Headingley's new outfield, supposedly fast-draining, but laid too close to the match to be effective.
  • West Indies have made the lowest ODI score at Headingley in recent years, making only 159 eight years ago. The match saw Andrew Flintoff play as a specialist batsman because of a foot injury and England knocked off the runs at more than seven an over.
  • Yorkshire only use their media centre for England matches because it doubles up as a lecture theatre for Leeds Metropolitan University and, even when it is free, they cannot afford the rental fee for county games.

    Team news


    England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 James Anderson, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Steve Finn

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

    Pitch and conditions


    At Headingley, you don't look down, you look up. Looking skywards on match preview day could not have been more displeasing as heavy rain fell throughout the day. Only showers are forecast for Friday, but it could be one of Yorkshire's more forbidding, stop-start contests with the bowlers in the game throughout and more than a little dissatisfaction in the air.

    Quotes


    "Everyone wants to play for England but realistically the amount of cricket that those chaps play; playing every single game of cricket for England is going to be hard work especially with the schedule the way it is over the next 18 months."
    Steve Finn, an England fast bowler who was frustrated to be kicking his heels only a few weeks ago, defends a rotation policy to combat England's arduous schedule.

    "We don't have the luxury of resting players. You don't rest people when you are losing. England have got it right there - they are winning so they can afford to rest people. We're trying to avoid losing 3-0 so everybody will be available."
    Ottis Gibson, West Indies' coach, on the realities of defeat.

    David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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    • on June 22, 2012, 17:04 GMT

      Johnson Charles was not preferred to Simmons against Ausrtralia. Simmons was injured

    • simonviller on June 22, 2012, 12:24 GMT

      Some people keep calling for their favourite players in WI team every posting and excluding other players ,but the selectors can only play eleven at once . This present WI team is under pressure to win like the great WI team of yester year ,but few in the present team can compare to those greats . I never thought I see the short ball used as such an effective weapon against a WI team as was used by England in this ODI series . BOUNCERS ,OR SHORT OF LENGTH OUTSIDE OFF -- was a problem ,except for Gayle / Smith . Going back to the great stroke players for WI , Hunte ,Sir Garry ,Greenidge ,Haynes ,Fedricks ,Sir Everton , Richards ,Richardson C.Smith : etc ,Broad and company would have to find some place else to bowl that ball . All great batsman in my book , must be able to cut and hook effectively ,or those pacers will seak you out and limit your scoring chances .

    • whatawicket on June 22, 2012, 10:59 GMT

      landl47 the reason tredwell was selected is because he wii be in the squad in SL for the WC T20 competition, plain and simple. whatever the reason u dont like him. flowers does not do anything on a whim. thats why he the best coach in world cricket plain and simple.

    • TheLight on June 22, 2012, 9:56 GMT

      Johnson Charles was NOT preferred to Simmons in the australian tour as indicated in the article. Simmons was out due to a broken finger sustained in a match against Barbados. Additionally, Simmons has been WI best ODI batsman over the past couple years with 7 half centuries in his last dozen innings.

    • wibblewibble on June 22, 2012, 9:18 GMT

      @Colin Cox - the Oval wicket was nothing like a green top, it was true and easy to bat on - and Gayle wasn't dismissed by DRS, the umpire gave him out, he couldn't believe it and referred it, which confirmed the umpires decision.

    • on June 22, 2012, 8:19 GMT

      Why everyone wants to bring Chanderpaul back..He can't bat for WI forever..Let him play only in Tests and serve windies cricket for another 4-5 years..What selectors can do is bring back Sarwan into the folds..Sarwan, Darren Bravo and Samuels makes a decent middle order which can hold the innings together and then Dwayne Bravo and Keiron pollard should come in the lower middle order to encash 35-50 over play.. What they need to do right now is find a good batsman who can pair with Chris Gayle in the opening may be Powell..Also they need to grrom another Wicket Keeper batsman and get rid of Ramdin as we have invested enough time and money in this wasted talent.. Also, with ODI rules going to be tweaked and with two new balls and two bouncers per over WI should play decent fast bowlers and I wish they say bye-bye to Sammy and bring in the likes of Roach, Taylor, Edwards, Johnson, Gabriel, Rampaul, Tonge,Mclean, Holder - boy they have enough talent in this dept.

    • JG2704 on June 22, 2012, 8:11 GMT

      @Colin Cox on (June 21 2012, 23:43 PM GMT) So who are the WI adults you are on about ? Also (by and large) it wasn't the England fans who were giving the bold predictions of thrashings/whitewashes and it isn't England fans (by and large) who are trying to make out that this is anything other than a confidence building win over a low ranked side , even if it is a relief. PS I noticed you posted this word for word on another thread to which I responded with similar. If you are going to keep posting exactly the same grievances then please be so kind as to respond. By the way - surely luck would even itself out over time. The fact that WI are bottom or near bottom of all sets of rankings would suggest it's not luck

    • everfaithful77 on June 22, 2012, 8:10 GMT

      The ODI series is already LOST for West Indies. So now is the time to bring in some of the bench players like EDWARDS in place of Best and CHARLES for Simmons. Best did not bowl well and Simmons have struggled in both games so far. I was surprised that Windies batted first in ODI # 2 having been bundled out for 180 in the first match. They are much better at chasing than setting targets so why place unnecessary pressure on your fragile batting. However it was nice to see the BIG 3 (Gayle, Bravo and Pollard) getting among the runs. Hope they can do even better in final ODI along with the other players in the team. Finally the West Indies SELECTORS must continue searching for NEW TALENT to compliment the present squad and provide a wider pool of TESTED players like England and Australia. Playing the SAME SQUAD in all matches in a series regardless of format doesn't make any sense unless you are winning consistently. THIS IS PRECISELY THE REASON OUR CRICKET IS IN THIS MESS TODAY.

    • StLucia on June 22, 2012, 2:13 GMT

      I think they might play johnson charles tomorrow in place of simmons, and rightly so.

    • Tamimfan on June 22, 2012, 0:46 GMT

      Chanderpaul injured?? LOL has he been injured ever since the World Cup in 2011? 'Cause that's when he last played in an ODI. He has been DROPPED from the ODI team as he doesn't fit into the side as a batsman. After the WC, he himself had said he would be concentrating more on Tests. That tells you he won't be playing ODIs anymore. So move on from Chanderpaul..

    • on June 22, 2012, 17:04 GMT

      Johnson Charles was not preferred to Simmons against Ausrtralia. Simmons was injured

    • simonviller on June 22, 2012, 12:24 GMT

      Some people keep calling for their favourite players in WI team every posting and excluding other players ,but the selectors can only play eleven at once . This present WI team is under pressure to win like the great WI team of yester year ,but few in the present team can compare to those greats . I never thought I see the short ball used as such an effective weapon against a WI team as was used by England in this ODI series . BOUNCERS ,OR SHORT OF LENGTH OUTSIDE OFF -- was a problem ,except for Gayle / Smith . Going back to the great stroke players for WI , Hunte ,Sir Garry ,Greenidge ,Haynes ,Fedricks ,Sir Everton , Richards ,Richardson C.Smith : etc ,Broad and company would have to find some place else to bowl that ball . All great batsman in my book , must be able to cut and hook effectively ,or those pacers will seak you out and limit your scoring chances .

    • whatawicket on June 22, 2012, 10:59 GMT

      landl47 the reason tredwell was selected is because he wii be in the squad in SL for the WC T20 competition, plain and simple. whatever the reason u dont like him. flowers does not do anything on a whim. thats why he the best coach in world cricket plain and simple.

    • TheLight on June 22, 2012, 9:56 GMT

      Johnson Charles was NOT preferred to Simmons in the australian tour as indicated in the article. Simmons was out due to a broken finger sustained in a match against Barbados. Additionally, Simmons has been WI best ODI batsman over the past couple years with 7 half centuries in his last dozen innings.

    • wibblewibble on June 22, 2012, 9:18 GMT

      @Colin Cox - the Oval wicket was nothing like a green top, it was true and easy to bat on - and Gayle wasn't dismissed by DRS, the umpire gave him out, he couldn't believe it and referred it, which confirmed the umpires decision.

    • on June 22, 2012, 8:19 GMT

      Why everyone wants to bring Chanderpaul back..He can't bat for WI forever..Let him play only in Tests and serve windies cricket for another 4-5 years..What selectors can do is bring back Sarwan into the folds..Sarwan, Darren Bravo and Samuels makes a decent middle order which can hold the innings together and then Dwayne Bravo and Keiron pollard should come in the lower middle order to encash 35-50 over play.. What they need to do right now is find a good batsman who can pair with Chris Gayle in the opening may be Powell..Also they need to grrom another Wicket Keeper batsman and get rid of Ramdin as we have invested enough time and money in this wasted talent.. Also, with ODI rules going to be tweaked and with two new balls and two bouncers per over WI should play decent fast bowlers and I wish they say bye-bye to Sammy and bring in the likes of Roach, Taylor, Edwards, Johnson, Gabriel, Rampaul, Tonge,Mclean, Holder - boy they have enough talent in this dept.

    • JG2704 on June 22, 2012, 8:11 GMT

      @Colin Cox on (June 21 2012, 23:43 PM GMT) So who are the WI adults you are on about ? Also (by and large) it wasn't the England fans who were giving the bold predictions of thrashings/whitewashes and it isn't England fans (by and large) who are trying to make out that this is anything other than a confidence building win over a low ranked side , even if it is a relief. PS I noticed you posted this word for word on another thread to which I responded with similar. If you are going to keep posting exactly the same grievances then please be so kind as to respond. By the way - surely luck would even itself out over time. The fact that WI are bottom or near bottom of all sets of rankings would suggest it's not luck

    • everfaithful77 on June 22, 2012, 8:10 GMT

      The ODI series is already LOST for West Indies. So now is the time to bring in some of the bench players like EDWARDS in place of Best and CHARLES for Simmons. Best did not bowl well and Simmons have struggled in both games so far. I was surprised that Windies batted first in ODI # 2 having been bundled out for 180 in the first match. They are much better at chasing than setting targets so why place unnecessary pressure on your fragile batting. However it was nice to see the BIG 3 (Gayle, Bravo and Pollard) getting among the runs. Hope they can do even better in final ODI along with the other players in the team. Finally the West Indies SELECTORS must continue searching for NEW TALENT to compliment the present squad and provide a wider pool of TESTED players like England and Australia. Playing the SAME SQUAD in all matches in a series regardless of format doesn't make any sense unless you are winning consistently. THIS IS PRECISELY THE REASON OUR CRICKET IS IN THIS MESS TODAY.

    • StLucia on June 22, 2012, 2:13 GMT

      I think they might play johnson charles tomorrow in place of simmons, and rightly so.

    • Tamimfan on June 22, 2012, 0:46 GMT

      Chanderpaul injured?? LOL has he been injured ever since the World Cup in 2011? 'Cause that's when he last played in an ODI. He has been DROPPED from the ODI team as he doesn't fit into the side as a batsman. After the WC, he himself had said he would be concentrating more on Tests. That tells you he won't be playing ODIs anymore. So move on from Chanderpaul..

    • on June 22, 2012, 0:46 GMT

      yes why did drop Chanderpaul from 50 over

    • VivGilchrist on June 22, 2012, 0:45 GMT

      Nice weather. No wonder why the English are soo passionate about the EPL ....there's nothing else to do.

    • subbass on June 22, 2012, 0:32 GMT

      At best this will end up a T-20, unless of course the weather forecast is totally wrong.

    • on June 21, 2012, 23:43 GMT

      England has had the benefit of good luck and playing against the West Indies youthful inexperience this time. The adults will be back. Thist was evident from Gayle's performance before he was dismissed by the DRS system. Gayle showed that the class of players in the West Indies are not there yet to eally compete at the International level. I am sure England loved the two new ball concept in their green-topped swing bowler environment. However, Anderson is a quality bowler in any environment, but Bresnan's and Finn's treatment by a confident world class batsman, would leave them thinking about how Australia's batmen will deal with them. Broad still remains the luckiest bowler on the planet. West Indies still do not have the consistent bowling capability as yet, and the batting is suspect. Though the ODI was billed as the best format they can compete in, England still possessed more batting and bowling options to choose from, congrats to them.

    • 2.14istherunrate on June 21, 2012, 22:37 GMT

      it's time the powers that be bowed to the reality we are presented with-ie atrocious weather, and allowed for a second day, for the sake of everyone concerned. The other thing I deeply hope is that the selectors do not go back to fobbing us off with parttimers making up the fifth bowler ( over time a complete disaster). The batsmen just have to get it into their heads that the run making is entirely their responsibility and the wicket taking entirely the bowler's. Thus Bopara is ok to bowl a couple as 6th bowler but please not no. 5.

    • 5wombats on June 21, 2012, 21:10 GMT

      You can forget cricket tomorrow - have you seen the weather forecast!? The only people in the stands at Headingley tomorrow are going to be The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. With helmets :-)

    • Sankofa on June 21, 2012, 21:01 GMT

      Chanderpaul is injured, I dont know why people keep saying he should be playing. So is Roach

    • on June 21, 2012, 20:00 GMT

      i thought this was the best one day team right now

    • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 21, 2012, 19:38 GMT

      @JG2704: Totally agree - I'd like to see Bairstow given another shot, if not in place of Trott then perhaps even in place of Bell to let him go get his chin healed (although maybe it's best to see can he keep his great form going?). @ Denessa & Tappee: I think Chanderpaul is injured is he not? I like Simmons, but definately not as an opener. As I posted in the last game, I would like to see Gayle and Smith open so WI have a very strong left-hand right-hand opening combo. If one of them gets out early, then so be it - just bring Samuels in, and then I'd have Simmons come in at 4 depending on score/situation.

    • on June 21, 2012, 19:26 GMT

      best to play swing ,play against the best of bolwling,take a look at sri lanka side jaya,saga,dilshan etc where is chandaraul!!!!!!!!!

    • jackiethepen on June 21, 2012, 19:03 GMT

      Showers? Which weather forecast is that? A piece of dried seaweed? The Met Office forecast is for heavy rain from the West. Unless the wind changes to the East no chance. There is a window of lighter cloud but it is gone by 10 am. If that blows over later then there might be a chance but they would need 20 overs apiece. It is the only possibility. The greater wish is for the wind to veer back to the East. Otherwise a lot of looking at puddles. The weather forecast has been mystifying recently but usually on the down side. More not less rain than forecast. If the match is abandoned Flower will have angered the Yorkshire crowd for nothing. They won't forget or forgive.

    • landl47 on June 21, 2012, 18:52 GMT

      I don't have any problem with England using a squad approach to keep everybody rested, sharp and experienced. Frankly, to suggest that spectators are being short-changed is ridiculous. I do have a problem with Tredwell being brought in, because I don't see what purpose it serves. Tredwell is a worthy county cricketer, but not much else and he's now 30 years old. Surely it would be better to give young players like Briggs or Kerrigan experience which will stand England in good stead in years to come? From the point of view of a spectator, I'd rather get the chance to see a youngster than a journeyman reserve, as well. I guess it doesn't matter if he doesn't play, but surely that's all the more reason for giving a youngster the opportunity to get a feeling for the England atmosphere.

    • tappee74 on June 21, 2012, 18:30 GMT

      I am disappointed, even with Gyale,Bravo,Pollard and Narine,i am convinced that they don't have the metal to beat any decent team.Why did they drop Chanderpaul?

    • Alexei on June 21, 2012, 18:23 GMT

      Lendl Simmonds was injured for the series against Austrailia and only recovered to play one first-class game and one List A game before this ODI series

    • Long-Leg on June 21, 2012, 18:05 GMT

      I'll be surprised if we get much play tomorrow. Heavy rain is forecast. This must be one of the wettest June's we have ever had.

    • on June 21, 2012, 17:15 GMT

      nice to see chris gayle back in to the side...

    • denessa on June 21, 2012, 16:37 GMT

      MY HONEST OPINION IF THIS IS WEST INDIES PROBABLE FOR TOMORROWS GAME IS TO LET CHRIS GAYLE OPEN WITH SMITH ........ I THINK TINO SHOULD NOT PLAY .....WAT HAPPEN TO FIDEL? .....I ALSO WANNA KNW WHEN IS CHANDRAPAUL GOIN TO GET ANOTHER ONE DAY KNOCK .........CHANDRA N GAYLE ARE THE BEST OPENERS FOR WINDIES IN ONE DAYERS FOR NOW......NEED SOME HONEST ANSWERS.......

    • JG2704 on June 21, 2012, 15:51 GMT

      Not sure if it matters that much but I'd replace Trott with Bairstow. Trott is in decent enough nick where he doesn't need much more time in the middle but not so great that he's indespensable. Trott had played alot of cricket over 2 of the 3 formats and spends alot of time in the middle where he might not be under so much physical strain as our bowlers but perhaps it could mentally take something out of him. Besides which I think Baiestow is a better fielder and it would be good to have a Yorkshireman playing on his home ground. So if this team is correct Tredwell is just a squad player?

    • wibblewibble on June 21, 2012, 15:49 GMT

      'Only showers forecast'? Are you kidding? 24 hours out, the met has heavy rain forecast from 11 am to 3pm, and light rain from then until midnight - note RAIN, not showers. I forecast less than 40 overs total playable throughout the day, if not a complete washout.

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    • wibblewibble on June 21, 2012, 15:49 GMT

      'Only showers forecast'? Are you kidding? 24 hours out, the met has heavy rain forecast from 11 am to 3pm, and light rain from then until midnight - note RAIN, not showers. I forecast less than 40 overs total playable throughout the day, if not a complete washout.

    • JG2704 on June 21, 2012, 15:51 GMT

      Not sure if it matters that much but I'd replace Trott with Bairstow. Trott is in decent enough nick where he doesn't need much more time in the middle but not so great that he's indespensable. Trott had played alot of cricket over 2 of the 3 formats and spends alot of time in the middle where he might not be under so much physical strain as our bowlers but perhaps it could mentally take something out of him. Besides which I think Baiestow is a better fielder and it would be good to have a Yorkshireman playing on his home ground. So if this team is correct Tredwell is just a squad player?

    • denessa on June 21, 2012, 16:37 GMT

      MY HONEST OPINION IF THIS IS WEST INDIES PROBABLE FOR TOMORROWS GAME IS TO LET CHRIS GAYLE OPEN WITH SMITH ........ I THINK TINO SHOULD NOT PLAY .....WAT HAPPEN TO FIDEL? .....I ALSO WANNA KNW WHEN IS CHANDRAPAUL GOIN TO GET ANOTHER ONE DAY KNOCK .........CHANDRA N GAYLE ARE THE BEST OPENERS FOR WINDIES IN ONE DAYERS FOR NOW......NEED SOME HONEST ANSWERS.......

    • on June 21, 2012, 17:15 GMT

      nice to see chris gayle back in to the side...

    • Long-Leg on June 21, 2012, 18:05 GMT

      I'll be surprised if we get much play tomorrow. Heavy rain is forecast. This must be one of the wettest June's we have ever had.

    • Alexei on June 21, 2012, 18:23 GMT

      Lendl Simmonds was injured for the series against Austrailia and only recovered to play one first-class game and one List A game before this ODI series

    • tappee74 on June 21, 2012, 18:30 GMT

      I am disappointed, even with Gyale,Bravo,Pollard and Narine,i am convinced that they don't have the metal to beat any decent team.Why did they drop Chanderpaul?

    • landl47 on June 21, 2012, 18:52 GMT

      I don't have any problem with England using a squad approach to keep everybody rested, sharp and experienced. Frankly, to suggest that spectators are being short-changed is ridiculous. I do have a problem with Tredwell being brought in, because I don't see what purpose it serves. Tredwell is a worthy county cricketer, but not much else and he's now 30 years old. Surely it would be better to give young players like Briggs or Kerrigan experience which will stand England in good stead in years to come? From the point of view of a spectator, I'd rather get the chance to see a youngster than a journeyman reserve, as well. I guess it doesn't matter if he doesn't play, but surely that's all the more reason for giving a youngster the opportunity to get a feeling for the England atmosphere.

    • jackiethepen on June 21, 2012, 19:03 GMT

      Showers? Which weather forecast is that? A piece of dried seaweed? The Met Office forecast is for heavy rain from the West. Unless the wind changes to the East no chance. There is a window of lighter cloud but it is gone by 10 am. If that blows over later then there might be a chance but they would need 20 overs apiece. It is the only possibility. The greater wish is for the wind to veer back to the East. Otherwise a lot of looking at puddles. The weather forecast has been mystifying recently but usually on the down side. More not less rain than forecast. If the match is abandoned Flower will have angered the Yorkshire crowd for nothing. They won't forget or forgive.

    • on June 21, 2012, 19:26 GMT

      best to play swing ,play against the best of bolwling,take a look at sri lanka side jaya,saga,dilshan etc where is chandaraul!!!!!!!!!