West Indies are set to host the English Lions for the first ODI at Kensington Oval. The five-match series between Windies and England will be played from 20th February to 2nd March. The home side must be beaming with confidence after their historic test series win against the English team. Though, it will be a different ball game altogether when they face the top-ranked nation in the 50-over format. England has played some excellent white-ball cricket in the last couple of years and beating them will not be easy.
The hosts would be ecstatic with the arrival of the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle, in their squad. Jason Holder has led his team from the front in some tough times for the Windies cricket. The stage is set for a thrilling contest when these two giants will collide with each other. The home side would be hoping to get their combination right before the commencement of the ICC World Cup. West Indies will be suffering from an injury setback as Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul and Rovman Powell have been ruled out of the series.
On the other hand, England will be an entirely different side under the leadership of Eoin Morgan. Having lost the test series, England would be hoping to bounce back with style. Though the visitors have the edge over the Carribean in the 50-over format, they will be under some kind of pressure. England has a point to prove ahead of the ICC World Cup which will be played at their backyard. They would be eyeing to avenge their embarrassing loss in the test series.
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Time: 8:30 PM IST
Venue: Kensington Oval, Barbados
League: England tour of West Indies
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv.com
- Chris Gayle will play his last ODI series in front of his home crowd.
- Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, and Evin Lewis have been ruled out of the series due to injuries.
- Carlos Brathwaite, John Campbell, and Sheldon Cottrell have been named as their replacements.
Either Chris Woakes or Tom Curran will play in the opening match along with David Willey.
Eoin Morgan (c), Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Joe Denly, David Willey, Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett.
Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas
- Chris Gayle
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Jason Holder
- Jason Roy
- Joe Root
- Ben Stokes
Probable Playing 11
Shai Hope, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas
Jason Roy, Liam Plunkett, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Mark Wood.
FUNTUSH SAFE XI
Jason Roy (C)
Jonny Bairstow (VC)
FUNTUSH RISKY XI
Jos Buttler (VC)
Ben Stokes (C)