The UK weather got the better of the West Indies in the first ODI at Manchester, reducing the match which fell heavily in favor of the hosts as Jonny Bairstow powered England home with his maiden one-day century.
There was speculation as to why Jonny Bairstow was chosen ahead of the power-hitting Jason Roy to pair up with Alex Hales at the top of the order, that speculation quickly turned into applause as the 27-year-old scored a perfect 100 as the Poms merely raised a sweat as they chased down the runs required with 11.1 overs to spare. It’s no secret that the weather helped them significantly, the teams mindset changed as soon as the overs were reduced which definitely put the opposition on the back foot. All-rounder Ben Stokes was the best of the bowlers, claiming 3/43 off his nine overs which included two crucial top order wickets. Stokes can be quite wayward with the ball and tends to leak a lot of runs when that is the case, but he managed to get the rub of the green this time proving the be a valuable contributor for his side. Not too far behind was specialist leg-spinner Adil Rashid who conceded just two boundaries in his nine overs to go with his figures of 2/31, a fantastic effort on a pitch that didn’t offer a whole lot to the spinners. From England’s point of view, it was a solid all-round performance from the team all be it some minor question marks along the way. The ever-reliable Joe Root was probably kicked out of the spotlight after Jonny Bairstow took over the show to guide England to victory, but it was the test captain who held strong at No. 3 yet again with a brilliant fifty that went under the radar at the time, another reason why this man is one of the elite batters in the modern game. Adding to his already impressive game, Ben Stokes delivered a couple late blows with the willow ending on 23 off just 10 balls in an aggressive mindset. Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan missed out in Manchester and might be in for big outings heading into this second match in Nottingham, Jos Buttler also missed out as he was not required at No. 6. With the Windies unpredictable batting circus that is their line-up, anyone of England’s bowlers could have an absolute day out with the ball which underlines the likes of Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes specifically.
It must have been a painfully frustrating match for the West Indies to try and counter-attack a side that have the upper hand from the word go, adding to that the match was delayed due to rain and a wet outfield which might have impacted on their batting performance. We’ve seen in the CPL when Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis start throwing their weight around out in the middle for the Patriots, it’s a crime seen by the time one of those two is walking back to the sheds. Unfortunately for the West Indies, that’s wasn’t the case as the electrifying & energetic Chris Gayle did his best to compile a damaging blow to the opposition, only to be outwitted by himself as his aggressive nature got the better of him. Gayle’s explosive 37-run onslaught which included three sixes led to your classic West Indies batting collapse, although credit has to go to Shai Hope and skipper Jason Holder who put in a valiant attempt to get the Windies back up off the ground but all to no avail as the tourists only managed to notch up a total of 204/9. A talking point from that first ODI for the West Indies was how much Marlon Samuels struggled to rotate the strike and score, his 46-ball 17 was always destine to come to a fatal end which really didn’t do any favors for his teammates up the other end. Both Ashley Nurse and Devendra Bishoo had no impact as the two spinners which almost certainly sealed their fate trying to defend a small total, Kesrick Williams picked up 2/50 but was equally as expensive as Bishoo in the runs department. Shots have to be fired before the West Indies run themselves into another brick wall, if that means dropping Samuels and Bishoo, so be it. The biggest problem the Windies face is that they don’t have a star bowler, Jerome Taylor appears to be the front-line bowler but hasn’t got the wicket taking ability of a Chris Woakes or Adil Rashid.
Top 5 fantasy picks | England | 2nd ODI | Nottingham
- Eoin Morgan
- Joe Root
- Chris Woakes
- Alex Hales
- Ben Stokes
Top 5 fantasy picks | West Indies | 2nd ODI | Nottingham
- Chris Gayle
- Shai Hope
- Jason Holder
- Ashley Nurse
- Jason Mohammed
Team News | England
There would be little-temptation to change a winning combination, although there is some chance that 26-year-old Jake Ball could replace Liam Plunkett who was held wicketless in Manchester. After Bairstow’s maiden-ODI century, it appears highly unlikely that Jason Roy will get a look in and is likely to be watching from the sidelines yet again.
England (possible) – 1. Jonny Bairstow 2. Alex Hales 3. Joe Root 4. Eoin Morgan (c) 5. Ben Stokes 6. Jos Buttler (wk) 7. Moeen Ali 8. Chris Woakes 9. David Willey 10. Adil Rashid 11. Liam Plunkett/Jake Ball.
Team News | West Indies
The West Indies will have to decide if they want to give Marlon Samuels another chance to redeem himself after what was a scratchy and painful innings to watch from the stands, or look to one of the younger batsmen like Kyle Hope who had some success in India back in June. They might also want to think about selecting an extra seamer to replace one of the spinners who both went wicketless in the first game, one of Miguel Cummins or Alzarri Joseph might get the nod.
West Indies (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Evin Lewis 3. Shai Hope (wk) 4. Marlon Samuels/Kyle Hope 5. Jason Mohammed 6. Rovman Powell 7. Jason Holder (c) 8. Ashley Nurse 9. Devendra Bishoo/Alzarri Joseph/Miguel Cummins 10. Jerome Taylor 11. Kesrick Williams.