After a power-packed Test series, West Indies will look to give England a run for their money in the one-off T20I at Chester-le-Street on Saturday. West Indies are the current World Champions in this format and have the ammunition to beat England in their den. England, however, are a competitive limited-overs team under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan. England will eye revenge of their 2016 World T20 final loss against West Indies. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of the England vs West Indies T20I clash.
Batting depth: England have an attacking set of batsmen with depth in the line-up. They open with Jason Roy and Alex Hales, one of the best opening pairs in limited-overs cricket. Then, they have the reliable Joe Root and a consistent skipper in Morgan. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler gives batting the depth in the lower-order.
Competitive unit: Since the 2015 World Cup, England have improved by leaps and bounds in limited-overs cricket. They made it to the final of 2016 World T20 before losing narrowly to West Indies. They are giving other teams a run for their money in limited-overs cricket. They have the all-round strength to give other teams a tough luck.
Ben Stokes: The presence of all-rounder Ben Stokes in their playing XI gives the team a killer edge. Stokes’ stocks have improved by leaps and bounds. He can demolish a bowling attack with his hard-hitting batting, break partnerships with his medium-pace bowling and change the course of the game with his excellent fielding. He is an asset to the team.
Bowling susceptible under pressure: England have a good bowling attack in Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, but against a strong West Indies attack, they may come under pressure and disintegrate. England failed to thwart West Indies’ winning bid in the second Test. Hence, England bowlers face a tough challenge against West Indies batsmen.
England squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey,
West Indies strengths:
Explosive opening pair: West Indies’ opening pair of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis are coming off a successful campaign in 2017 CPL where they cracked three century stands between themselves. They will look to provide a great start in the one-off T20I match for other explosive batsmen to cash in.
All-rounders: West Indies boast of a plenty of all-rounders who can turn the match on their head with either of their bowling or batting skill. They have Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard who can be destructive with either bat or ball. All had a good CPL campaign recently and would look to carry the good work in the limited-overs series as well.
Unpredictable: West Indies can be unpredictable at times. They have the tendency to self-demolish and lose matches from a winning position. However, the current T20 World Champions have enough firepower to beat the best in the business unless they chose to have an off-day.
West Indies squad: Carlon Brathwaite (captain), Ronsford Beaton, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Ashley Nurse, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.
Prediction: West Indies have been dominant in this format of the game. They can be destructive, lethal and overpowering in T20 cricket. They will also take confidence from the second Test win against England and the 2016 World T20 final win against the same opponents. England are equally competitive and would not go down without a fight.
Possible winner: West Indies