ENGLAND’S TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2019
Sheldon Cottrell took 5 for 46 within the second ODI. © Getty
Proper then – we’ve got a collection on our fingers.
Not for the primary time on this tour, Windies confirmed in Barbados that they aren’t to be underestimated and in doing so have given England one thing to fret about. Particularly, Sheldon Cottrell. Or maybe, extra positively for the world primary aspect, they’ve recognized a weak spot that must be addressed.
Because the begin of 2017, England’s batsmen have averaged 25 towards left-armers in comparison with the 40 towards right-arm. With fewer lefties round, these you do come throughout are typically of a top quality and the shift in angle goes to take some getting used to. Even with fewer days between every match, Eoin Morgan has requested his expenses to give you their very own plans towards the military man whose career-best of 5 for 46 eliminated each openers earlier than skewering three extra at essential factors through the chase.
It was additionally a wake-up name that this aspect could possibly be undone in such vogue by opposition ranked ninth. England’s fallibility when the strain is on isn’t any secret and the way of defeats within the 2013 Champions Trophy closing and the 2017 semi-final have them on pink alert anyway. However right here was a well timed reminder that even from a cushty place of 62 wanted from 61 balls with six wickets remaining, towards a aspect that they had bested simply two days earlier, nothing could possibly be taken without any consideration. It additionally confirmed the Windies that they’re a match for any aspect.
The presence of Cottrell within the second ODI appeared to raise the remainder of the bowling assault and blessed Jason Holder with trusted choices because the strain rose. And whereas England could entertain adjustments, Windies might do with letting this crew, particularly even this XI, see out the collection to develop a powerful core for when gamers like Shannon Gabriel, Evin Lewis and even perhaps Andre Russell return from suspension, damage and the chilly, respectively.
Individually, there may be nonetheless a lot to play for within the quick time period. John Campbell has made brisk begins with out actually cashing in, whereas one other set of fifties for Shai Hope and Darren Bravo would not go amiss. Jonny Bairstow averages simply 28 in his final 10 ODIs and whereas Mark Wooden is making an impression on the velocity gun, he might do with ticking over within the wickets column.
When: Monday, February 25 at 10:00 AM (native), 2 PM (GMT), 7:30pm (IST)
The place: St George’s, Grenada
What to anticipate: They have not performed ODIs at this floor since 2014 however the hosts have gained the entire final 5, though their opponents – Bangladesh and Zimbabwe – didn’t provide the sternest of assessments. A tough guess on what has come earlier than suggests a rating of 350 right here is effectively on the playing cards.
Extra of the identical? Maybe some additional tempo bowling if the floor dictactes it, although Nurse’s hitting on the demise and Bishoo’s 10 overs for simply 49 within the final match may even see each stored in. Why change a profitable crew…
Possible XI: Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Morgan acknowledged it was pointless to push Woakes’ knee to the restrict with back-to-back video games. After sitting out the final match, count on England to return to their greatest restricted overs bowler and, in the event that they’re feeling notably frisky, even giving Joe Denly a run out. Because it stands, count on them to play the XI that gained the primary ODI.
Possible XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wooden