The test series involving England and the West Indies was a let down with the amount of England falling form the skies at the moment but a positive is that the teams now move onto the ODI’s. The big news from the West Indies is that Chris Gayle will make a return to International cricket and that Kevin Pietersen has retired from tests and ODI’s. The West Indies have a very strong team and will be up there with England to win this series.
Match Information :
16 June, Southampton
Starting Time: 1045 Local Time (0945 GMT Time)
How the Teams Stand:
England sit 4th on the ODI rankings and will look to try and catch up to India who are 6 points above them on the ratings. The West Indies have a very promising team even without Gayle but now that he is making a return they look like a stronger team and that ranking of 8th will only continue to increase with this team. The strength of the England team is their flexibility with the bat and ball. They have lots of depth in both areas and they will look to get the most out of the conditions in England. The West Indies have an exciting team with plenty of all rounders but they will do most of the damage with the bat with almost every batsmen in the probable top to lower middle oredr able to hit a ball well over the ropes consistently.
Chris Gayle vs James Anderson
Chris Gayle makes a return to International cricket after the fallout with the WICB that forced him out of the team for over a year. Gayle is the most explosive and feared batsmen in the world and the England bowlers will need to assure that Gayle doesn’t get an easy return to opening the batting for his country. James Anderson will have the big job early on with the ball to attempt to dismiss Gayle which won’t be easy. Gayle has had quite a successful time in England and will look to continue that string of form in that part of the world. During the 2009 tour against the West Indies Anderson had his own success but the force of Gayle seems to be the favourite to win this contest.
The team that played against Middlesex in the tour match should be the exact XI that faces England in the 1st ODI.
West Indies Team: 1. L Simmons, 2 C Gayle, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 D Smith, 5 K Pollard, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 D Ramdin, 8 A Russell, 9 D Sammy (Capt), 10 R Rampaul, 11 S Narine
From the XI that beat Pakistan on February 21, Pietersen, Briggs and Buttler are missing from the squad. Kieswetter should move up the order to open with Alistair Cook meaning one of Ravi Bopara and Jonny Bairstow will make a return to the team. Stuart Broad and James Anderson should also return to the XI.
England Team: 1 A Cook, 2 C Kieswetter, 3 I Trott, 4 E Morgan, 5 R Bopara, 6 J Bairstow, 7 S Patel, 8 J Anderson, 9 S Broad, 10 G Swann, 11 J Dernbach.