For England, the tour of the Caribbean hasn’t been a pleasant one so far. They lost the test series by 2-1, and the English batsmen had no answer to the pace attack of West Indies. They did make a comeback in the 3rd test, but it was too little too late. Both teams will now battle in ENG vs WI ODI series, and now with the different format, England gets another chance of gaining some momentum as the World Cup 2019 approaches near. But in limited overs format, West Indies is a formidable side and beating Windies at home won’t be easy.
ENG vs WI 1st ODI is set to be played on 20th February and we are expecting an exciting contest.
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Keeping World Cup 2019 in mind, both Windies and England have named their strongest squad for the series. Windies for this series is a little stretched with injuries to Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, and Rowman Powell but the selectors have called up veteran Chris Gayle for the ODI series who also announced his retirement from the ODI format after World Cup. Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell are the other two players who were included in the ODI squad against England.
England, on the other hand, has full strength squad available for the series. David Wiley and Tom Curran’s are included in the squad after their impressive performances in the Big Bash League. Eoin Morgan is back for the ODI series as well. The presence of Jason Roy, Bairstow, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes makes them a formidable unit. Chris Woakes and Mark Wood should start with the new ball while Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali could also make it to the playing XI for the ENG vs WI 1st ODI.
Let’s have a look at the playing XI of both the teams for ENG vs WI 1st ODI:
- Chris Gayle
- Shai Hope(wk)
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Darren Bravo
- Nicholas Pooran
- Jason Holder(c)
- Ashley Nurse
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Devendra Bishoo
- Oshane Thomas
- Jason Roy
- Jonny Bairstow
- Joe Root
- Eoin Morgan(c)
- Ben Stokes
- Jos Buttler(wk)
- Moeen Ali
- Chris Woakes
- Adil Rashid
- Liam Plunkett
- Mark Wood
Match Time, Venue & Weather Conditions
Match Time: The match will start at 8:00 PM (Pakistan), 3:00 PM (UK), 11:00 AM (Local)
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.
Weather Conditions: The weather is forecasted to be partly cloudy with few showers expected.
Toss Update: West Indies won the toss and elected to bat
Let’s have a look at the form guide of both teams in the last five matches
West Indies: LWLLL
Head to Head
They both have played against each other 96 times in ODIs. England have won 49 ODIs while Windies have won 42 ODIs. 5 games ended with no result.
- England is currently on a winning streak of 9 ODIs against West Indies.
- West Indies last won an ODI bilateral series in 2014 against Bangladesh.
- Joe Root needs 54 runs to become the 4th English batsman to reach 5000 in ODIs.
With the ENG vs WI 1st ODI set to be played today, which team are you backing? We would like to hear it from you.
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