A month ago, this ODI series between Windies and England was seen as just another set of ODIs ahead of the World Cup but a historic win for Windies in the Test series has made this ODI series highly important.
A humiliated England team would be itching to gain some pride back and this could be their best chance as they are the number one ODI team in the world. Meanwhile, a spirited and confident Windies team would be looking to create yet another miracle.
And these three players can emerge as the matchwinners in the WI vs ENG 1st ODI.
Stokes had a decent Test series against Windies but he would want to create a much stronger impact. Given Windies’ bowling strength, Stokes can make a big difference with the bat in the death overs and at the same time his bowling can be more than handy.
One of Windies’ most talented batsman Shimron Hetmyer rose to the limelight with his aggressive batting against India but since then it seems that he has lost his mojo and his batting in the Test series against England wasn’t impressive as well.
But in the white ball format he possess a serious threat and especially against the England bowling attack he can make a difference. He loves going after spinners so his battle against Moeen Ali will be something to watch out for.
This right-hand batsman has the ability to make or break the match in no time and he has the habit of scoring big runs. Importantly he is in good form in the recent times and has blasted a hundred in the practice game earlier this week.
It will be interesting to see how he adapts to the Windies’ conditions and pitches. But one thing is for sure, if he gets going, then England will steer home with ease.