After conceding 85 runs in the last five overs in the series opener, the England camp has some concerns before the second ODI. West Indies, on the other hand, will look to get the momentum going as they head into the next game in the mini-series, before taking the all important trip to Bangladesh for the World T20 championship.
Michael Lumb was the key man for England in the first ODI, as only he could stand up and face spin. His fellow batsmen should take some lessons from him and skipper Stuart Broad will have to lead his team's think tank. Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy were totally on top of the England bowling attack in the first ODI, and Broad would want to change that among many other things.
Nothing seems to be going England's way this season, and the Ashes 5-0 loss was their major set-back. It's a young, inexperienced team that Broad is leading in the ODIS and he is confident that the "real hunger" will be showcased on the field sooner or later.
"There's no doubt we've had a tough winter so far as an England cricket team, but you really sense the guys want to improve and want to win games," Broad had remarked ahead of the three-match series in West Indies.
West Indies vs England 1st ODI Live TV information [Match starts 9.30 am local time, 1.30 pm GMT, 7 pm IST]
|West Indies||Sports Max|
|United Kingdom||Sky Sports 2|
|UK||Sky SportsBBC Radio 5 Live|
West Indies: Missing out on Chris Gayle did not prove costly, as West Indies proved they have many other power batsmen in their side. Their spin attack has been troubling the visitors and Sunil Narine, a true craftsman of a spinner, will be the key again.
England: Handling spin and taking responsibility in bowling the slog overs will be crucial for England. Eoin Morgan will be missed but Lumb will look to build on his form.
West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Kieron Powell, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo (capt), Darren Sammy, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller.
England: Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad (capt), Chris Jordan, James Tredwell.