When it comes to Twenty20 cricket, West Indies - the world champions - know the right formula to take the sport a step ahead with a sparkling showcase of power hitting and delicate bowling. England, 2010 World T20 Champions, have more than a few concerns coming from a defeat in the first match. But, the ODI series win against the same side a week ago should keep their motivation going to the 2nd T20 in Barbados.
West Indies' strength going in to Bangladesh for the World T20 will be their spin department. Talking ahead of the 2nd T20 against England, Marlon Samuels declared Samuel Badree as their "trump card" despite Sunil Narine's overwhelming spin presence in the team.
"Narine and Badree will be crucial players for us in Bangladesh's conditions which suit West Indies cricket," Samuels said after his team's victory over England a couple of days ago. "Badree's a wonderful bowler and he showed it again today by picking up early wickets."
In the T20 series opener, Badree picked up 3 for 17 in just 4 overs to unsettle England's top order batsmen.
"We have some pretty good spinners who use the new ball well." Samuels added. "I think England will have to go back to the drawing board and reconsider using more spinners."
England are reconsidering a lot of options as skipper Stuart Broad is nursing a knee injury and will sit out the rest of the series. What worries the Brits more is that the stand-in-captain Eoin Morgan isn't fully fit either. Besides injury issues, the team will look to play spin better and read the conditions well before stepping in to bat.?
England's batting coach on this tour, Graham Thorpe, said his team needs to keep the confidence levels high ahead of the World T20 and although the understanding of spin will not take place overnight, he's positive his team will approach the slower bowlers better in the rest of the series.
"It's about remaining upbeat and confident," Thorpe said. "We need to be positive in our play if we are going to do well in the World T20.
"We're certainly not going to panic, but we're not going to stand here and say we played spin well on Sunday. We didn't. That was a poor day with the bat. But let's give ourselves a bit more time and look to select better when we go for those big shots.
"We have to be bold; we have to hit boundaries and be able to manoeuvre the ball around against quality spinners; maybe bowlers we don't read as well."
Team news: West Indies: The home team's spinners combined for 6 for 45 off 10 overs that hampered England's prospects in the 1st T20. England might face lesser spin in the 2nd challenge given that Narine has a niggle on his knee and could be rested. Badree will be their key player. But, like Dinesh Ramdin put it, West Indies' key is that they have more than a couple of key players.
"We have Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Bravo and of course, Narine, who can defend any total," Ramdin said.
England: Moeen Ali and Stephen Parry are the two spinners England could give a chance to considering the conditions. Ravi Bopara has been in good form coming lower down the batting order.
Expected lineups: West Indies: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy (capt), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree
England: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach, Stephen Parry
Where to Watch Live
West Indies vs England 2nd T20I Live TV and Online Streaming Information [Match starts 2.00 pm local time, 6.00 pm GMT, 11.30 pm IST]
|West Indies||Sports Max|
|United Kingdom||Sky Sports 2|
|UK||Sky SportsBBC Radio 5 Live|