The touring side has gone win-less on this tour, losing both, the tests and the ODI series. With the World T20 tournament around the corner, the West Indies will be hoping to find some success in their one off T20 game against hosts and current T20 World Champions, England.
June 24, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Starting Time: 1430 Local Time (1330 GMT time)
Pitch and Weather conditions
The Nottingham pitch is a decent batting track. A score in excess of 160 should be a defendable one. According to weather forecasts, there is a 60% chance of showers.
The surprise retirement of Kevin Pietersen from the shorter formats has come as a set back for the English side.
After being dropped from the Test side due to poor form, Eoin Morgan will feature in England’s T20 team. “He’s a key cog for us now in this England team and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do tomorrow. “; said England’s T20 captain, Stuart Broad.
C Kieswetter (wk), A Hales, R Bopara, E Morgan, J Bairstow, J Butler, S Broad(c),
G Swann, S Patel, T Bresnan, C Woakes, D Briggs, J Dernbach, S Finn
West Indies Squad:
C Gayle, L Simmons, M Samuels, D Smith, Dwayne Bravo, K Pollard, A Russell, D Ramdin, J Charles (wk),
D Sammy (c), R Rampaul, T Best, F Edwards, S Narine
Without a doubt, one of the most dangerous T20 batsman, Gayle can win a game on his own by destroying opposition attack. Considering his recent form in the IPL, where he recently became the first batsman to hit a 100 sixes, he will be the man to watch out for.
Morgan is now one of England’s most experienced player in the T20 format. Although he has not played a lot of international cricket in 2012, but his overall record is too good to be taken lightly. He has played 21 T20s for his side and scored at 40.06 with a strike rate of 135.36
How the two teams stand
The defending World T20 champions, England will be without their star batsman and man of the tournament for that world cup, Kevin Pietersen. This will be their first T20 game since his retirement. Broad will now look to a group of inexperienced batsmen to cover the gap left by Pietersen’s absence, with the likes of Alex Hales, Jonathan Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Samit Patel having no more than eight Twenty20 international appearances. They will be hoping to find someone who can fill this void in tomorrow’s game since there is not much time before they defend their T20 title in Lanka later this year.
On paper, the West Indies look a formidable side with big hitters Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell amongst their ranks. The IPL player of the tournament, Sunil Narine will add value to the side with his deceptive spin bowling. For the West Indies, a victory in tomorrows outing will not only save them the embarrassment of going home without a single win on this tour, but will also help them assess the best combination for their T20 side. They are scheduled to play just one more T20 before the World Cup, and that will be against New Zealand on June 30.