After an eventful Test and ODI series, Windies and England square off in a three-match Twenty 20 series. The hosts are most confident in the shortest format of the game and with their batsmen in the groove, they start as favourites.
The biggest highlight of the ODI series that ended at an even 2-2 was Chris Gayle’s mayhem. The Universe Boss decimated the bowling attack of top-ranked ODI side and forces the issue once again. To add to that, the hosts will welcome the big-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell back in the ranks.
England, on the other hand, have given rest to the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, plus Jason Roy has flown back for the birth of his child. The onus will be on Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Adil Rashid to get England in the contest.
Recent T20I Form
Windies – W L W L L
England – W L W L W
When – 6 March at 1:30 AM IST
Where – Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
Pitch conditions: The hosts bounced England in the fifth ODI here, bowling them out for 113 runs. However, Gayle scored brisk 27-ball 77 in reply to quash qualms about a bowler-friendly wicket.
Windies Team News: Andre Russel has picked up a knock and has been ruled out of the series.
England Team News: England may opt to rest Mark Wood.
WI Playing 11: Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (capt), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
ENG Playing 11: Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Denly, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, David Willey
Team 1, 2, 3: Windies top-3 rule the roost
– Given the form and mood Gayle is in, he could punish England again. Shai Hope and John Campbell may join the party.
– Choose captain/vice-captain among the three.
Team 4, 5, 6: England’s best bets
– The likes of Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Adil Rashid are England best bets.
– Punt on the aforementioned players.