England look to end on a high in one-off T20

Deborshi Chaki & Diptosh Majumdar | Updated: June 23, 2012, 7:05 PM IST
England look to end on a high in one-off T20

After clinching both the Test and ODI series, England would also like to end on a winning note in the one-off Twenty20 match against West Indies on Sunday.

Through out it was England's dominance without giving a chance to the visiting side to bounce back in any of the formats, but West Indies can redeem themselves in the one-off T20 at Nottingham. In the three-match ODI series, West Indies were completely overwhelmed by England's batting and bowling prowess, which the hosts won 2-0 with the third one-dayer being a wash out.

Coming into the T20 also, England has an upper hand with a new line-up and captain. Moreover, England look a more balanced side despite inclusion of some new faces in the form of Danny Briggs, Alex Hales and Chris Woakes. Maybe on the batting front they might have a bit of concern due to absence of experience, whereas on the bowling front they have Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach, Graeme Swann and Steven Finn.

On the other hand, West Indies will go out to the park with nothing to loose and surely boosted by the return of T20 specialists - Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard. The West Indies would desperately like to see Gayle fire upfront and then Pollard raising the tempo in the middle-order.

However, West Indies have an advantage as most of their players are fresh from their successful stints in the Indian Premier League and this experience can hold them in good stead against England.

For the Windies, the bowling attack would be headed by Ravi Rampaul or Tino Best and supported by Andre Russel and mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who can pose a bigger threat to the home team.

Probable XIs:

England: 1 Ravi Bopara, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Alex Hales, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 6 Stuart Broad (capt), 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Samit Patel, 9 Jade Dernbach, 10 Chris Woakes, 11 Danny Briggs

West Indies: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Dwayne Smith, 4 Dwayne Bravo, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Marlon Samuels, 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Andre Russell, 9 Tino Best, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Sunil Narine

First Published: June 23, 2012, 7:05 PM IST

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