West Indies v England, 1st T20, Barbados March 8, 2014

WI look for T20 feelgood factor


Match Facts

March 8, Barbados
Start time 2.00pm (1800GMT)

Croft: Morgan is a very intelligent batsman

The Big Picture

Now the serious World T20 preparations can begin. The week ahead provides a valuable opportunity for the teams to fine-tune their plans ahead of Bangladesh.

Chris Gayle's return is crucial for West Indies although there will be plenty of crossed fingers that he is over his injury problems. Their top order did not pack anything like the same fear-factor without him in the ODIs and the stagnant starts were a major reason England were able to rebound and take the series

For England the whole trip has been geared towards the World T20, with a bespoke squad given a longer time to work together, and these three matches will provide a clearer idea of what Ashley Giles and Stuart Broad have in store. Their plans have taken a hit, however, with the injury to Joe Root although Alex Hales should be fit to resume his role at the top of the order

There will be a balance to strike for the captains and coaches: there is a series at stake, and professional pride will want to win it, but there may also be a temptation to ensure every player who is boarding a plane to Bangladesh gets at least one run out over these three matches.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)
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In the spotlight

He's back. And West Indies will hope that Chris Gayle's return is not a false start this time. He can win Twenty20 matches in 10 overs; few players hit the ball harder or further. His comeback against Ireland - following the hamstring injury suffered against India last November - was a brief affair as a cautious approach was taken with a view to this format. A lack of cricket may hinder him, but then again Gayle could still swagger in and club the ball all over Kensington Oval.

Eoin Morgan has had a stop-start tour so far, struck by a knee injury during the warm-up match and playing just one of the ODIs where he was bowled third ball by Sunil Narine. Therefore this series is especially important for him to find his stride before reaching Bangladesh. In the absence of Kevin Pietersen, the onus will be on Morgan to bring that sprinkle of something special to the middle order and it will be interesting to watch how high he bats and how flexible the strategy with him is.

Team news

Having stuck with their main ODI squad in Antigua, West Indies now bring in their T20 specialists. Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher are batting options, Samuel Badree provides a rolling legspinner, Andre Russell adds to the lower-order hitting, while Krishmar Santokie and Sheldon Cottrell provided the much sought-after left-arm angle.

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

Alex Hales will return to partner Michael Lumb after missing his one-day chance through injury so Moeen Ali could slip down a spot to cover for the absent Joe Root. Spin was a major success in the ODIs, but the Kensington Oval surface is unlikely to offer as much assistance so room may need to be found for an extra paceman, either Chris Jordan or Jade Dernbach. The latter will cause consternation among many England supporters.

England (possible) 1 Alex Hales, 2 Michael Lumb, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 James Tredwell, 11 Chris Jordan

Pitch and conditions

The pitch is expected to be true and not favour the spinners so heavily as Antigua. Barbados can be, when the groundsman wishes, one of the surfaces in the Caribbean that retains some bounce to encourage the quicks.

Stats and trivia

  • England's previous Twenty20 on this ground was when they secured the World T20 title in 2010, beating Australia by seven wickets in the final.

  • The two dies last met in this format in the previous World T20 when West Indies won by 15 runs Chris Gayle and Charles added 103 for the first wicket.

  • West Indies' series-levelling win against Ireland in Jamaica ended a run of five defeats on the bounce.

  • The total number of sixes hit by players in the England squad is 136 (not including the injured Root): the total number for West Indies is 212


"Yes, England did win the one-day series. But we've shown that, once we put them under pressure, they don't respond too well."
Darren Sammy

"It's going to be difficult to find a strategy that will work here in Barbados and also would work in Bangladesh as well."
Paul Collingwood

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Roy on March 9, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    congrats WI!! here is my summary of the game, in his country playing his form t20i he failed, bowled for 27 Smith, i said it before Gayle cannot bat spin had England open with spin he would've been gone, why is Russell batting before the so call "great" Sammy? Samuels uses his feet when batting and that makes him a batsman, he belongs in the team, Sammy went in hiding I guess he didn't want to improve on his batting average of 12 runs per game in 45 games in t20i, Badree prove his worth in the team, Narine does his thing proving his worth to the team, Sammy sends Bravo and Samuels to bowl and hide again, after 10 overs Sammy finally make an appearance and got put away for a six by Bopara also drops a catch, then takes himself off the bowling, Russell did not prove his worth in the team, Charles lazy fielding cost us and did bat, what is he doing in the team??? Ramdin a master with 2 stumps and one run out, England 143 for 9 came close and remember THIS IS A WEAKEN ENGLISH TEAM.

  • Peter on March 9, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Any England team with Bopara and Dernbach is never as strong as it could be. If England keep picking these two players they will never win anything, simple as that.

  • Mohammed on March 9, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Dernbach is Ishant of England, however bad they do they keep getting selected and keep playing though India drop Ishant but he is somewhere around the corner just waiting for somebody to get injured and he will be in again. These guys born lucky (in getting the no. of chanches without performing) is the only thing we can say about them.

    So I will not be surprise if I see Dernbach playing these games or T-20 WC games in Ban.Even we can see Ishant playing in Ban soon (though I wish it should never happen)

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    A fit Chris Gayle, John Charles and Andre Russell should add fire power to the the Caribbean side.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    The ongoing T20 I series being played in WI & SA can't be taken as practice games, as in BD, it will be all flat pitches, whereas in WI & SA, the pitches behave differently and so much surprise might be in store for many non-sub-continent countries. Let us keep fingers crossed !

  • Android on March 9, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Morgan at 3 bopara 4 with Hales and Moeen opening the batting. Stokes at 7 n bowls more. Parry instead of tredwell. n lets give Gurney a chance instead of bresnan

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    west indies selectors and coach are over their head, these guys are clueless as the have selected two walking wounded (gayle and samuels) and as such the team lacks batting. this group cannot defend their title against a second 11 from the west indies much less aus., s.a., india. sl.etc. west indies will be eliminated in the preliminary round and i hope that will be the end of the coach and selectors otherwise thw board should resign

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    I'd like to see Bopara at 5 and Stokes at 7 - think England squander Bopara's batting talent a little bit by batting him so low. I also hope England find a way to include Ian Bell. He is such a good cricketer and there is nothing to stop him adapting his game to be a very succesful T20 batsman. The seam bowling is frighteningly light though.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    hope WI 'll won............

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    What i think is although west indies have got gayle storm back it is not evident that he is in his best.The west indies team is supposed to be a team full of powerhouses but none of them is in form.Anyways i support the windies to win and i hope the windies to take the series....cheers!!

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