ENGLAND’S TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2019
Rob Johnston • Final up to date on Thu, 21 Feb, 2019, 10:35 PM
Centurions within the 1st ODI, Roy and Root ought to discover even the contemporary Barbados pitch to their liking. © Getty
It is hardly shocking that after a match the place 724 runs have been scored in a bit of beneath 100 overs, the bowling line-ups of each Windies and England will likely be scrutinised for his or her effectiveness. For a modern-day ODI bowler that’s an occupational hazard however the first sport of the five-match collection in Barbados on Wednesday (February 20) was a largely chastening affair for the bowlers on either side. And issues usually are not about to get any simpler in the course of the second sport on Friday, additionally at Kensington Oval, when a equally good pitch for batting is predicted and a downturn of batting aggression unlikely.
England’s victory within the first match was achieved with such ease, chasing down 360 to win with out breaking a sweat, that it’s the West Indian bowlers who will likely be feeling the warmth greater than anybody within the lead-up. On Wednesday, their assault appeared one-dimensional, one-paced and with out a lot of a discernible innovative in any respect. Even Oshane Thomas, the Jamaican fast, was made to look pedestrian. And Windies must discover a innovative as a result of containment merely doesn’t work in opposition to this England group. Wickets are the one option to cease them. However the place are Windies going to search out these wickets from?
Their toothlessness with the ball within the first match was not a one-off. Over the previous two years, Windies have taken their wickets at a better common than another ODI group, conceded the third-most runs per over and have the worst strike fee, 49.1, too. In the identical interval, England have performed 42 ODIs to Windies’ 41, but Eoin Morgan’s males have taken 84 extra wickets. With these kind of figures, it’s little marvel Jason Holder’s males have gained simply 11 matches in these two years.
Fixing the issue will not be simple. Kemar Roach is injured and Shannon Gabriel is banned and whereas Devendra Bishoo could also be the very best wrist-spinner within the Caribbean, his current file in ODI cricket is terrible. On the very least, they may throw in Sheldon Cottrell’s left-arm possibility so as to add some selection and the fielders might assist their bowlers out by bettering on an terrible fielding show which CricViz steered price Windies 50 runs within the first match. Even then, it is uncertain England’s batsmen will likely be saved up at evening worrying about this Windies bowling assault.
England’s bowlers will not be sleeping so soundly, although after receiving their very own hammering within the first match, notably Liam Plunkett who conceded 54 runs from his six overs. For all their batting brilliance, England’s bowling assault can nonetheless have the odd off day and Chris Gayle and co put them to the sword at instances within the first sport, hitting 23 sixes in all, 12 from the bat of Gayle. A few of which may be all the way down to rustiness – Plunkett and Chris Woakes haven’t performed a lot of late – however the batsmen will not at all times be capable to bail the bowlers out by chasing such massive scores. An enchancment from the bowling assault on Friday can be very welcome certainly.
When: Friday 22nd February, 2019. 11:00am Native Time
The place: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
What to anticipate: The second match of this collection will likely be performed on a contemporary floor from the one on which the primary sport was performed which removes a lot chance of the bowlers coming into issues. As an alternative, the brand new pitch is predicted to be equally good for batting once more which won’t please the bowlers on both aspect. A cooling breeze ought to blow for a lot of the day to maintain gamers and spectators snug.
The house aspect might usher in Cottrell, who did properly of their final collection in Bangladesh, for Carlos Brathwaite, who went wicket-less within the first ODI, to pose England’s batsmen a distinct query with a left-arm angle. Windies might additionally embody Alzarri Joseph so as to add extra spice to their assault, maybe instead of Ashley Nurse, a containing fairly than attacking off-spinner whose fielding was comical at instances within the first match.
The guests might choose to herald David Willey as a left-arm possibility or Tom Curran for his capability in the beginning or finish of an innings however Morgan’s philosophy for the reason that final World Cup has been to maintain choice constant the place potential, so it could be no shock for England to be unchanged on Friday. The batting order will definitely not be messed with which implies Alex Hales, a participant who would stroll into most different groups all over the world, misses out once more.