Whenever you talk about West Indies you talk about a team that has an ocean of talent which if tapped into leads to World Cup triumphs(They’ve already done it twice in T20Is) but if not it does make them look mediocre. Windies have a huge amount of firepower that they can tap into and with the shortened format it makes them even more dangerous.
There has never been a dearth of talent for the Windies but what they have lacked in the past has been consistency and application. And to an extent that is still the case as even though they have been able to string together some good performances against England, they still would need to perform at that high level to achieve good results.
Player to watch out for..
It has to be the one and only the “Universal Boss” Chris Gayle. He has been in such a decimating form throughout the ODIs and now he would turn his attention to his favorite format. The crowd would be expecting fireworks.
West Indies ODI Squad: Jason Holder(c), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, John Campbell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Andre Russell
The shorter the format the stronger this batting lineup becomes. They have some of the best stroke-makers in the game and have consistently been the team to beat in any of the limited overs formats. In Bairstow, Roy, Morgan, Hales they’ve got a team that could obliterate the bowling to all parts of the ground and they would be banking on that.
In all probability, the current English team would have had its confidence shaken by the results it has produced and more importantly by the way it has capitulated on multiple occasions on this tour. That could be playing heavily on their minds.
Player to watch out for…
Eoin Morgan came down heavily on the team for the way it showed no application in a tough situation. It’s hard to remiss that Morgan himself was part of the collapse and the team would be looking at him to set an example.
England T20I Squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, David Willey, Mark Wood.
On their day, West Indies can beat any lineup but smart money would be on England doing what they’ve done consistently over the years i.e back their batsmen to either chase down anything or bat the opposition out of the game.
West Indies Vs England 1st T20I Prediction: England to win @ 2.19 at Pinnacle Sports