• Windies win toss, fielding vs England – 2nd ODI

    NOTTTINGHAM, England, CMC – West Indies win the toss and sent England in to bat in the second One-Day International at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

    The Caribbean side have made onne change, bringing in Kyle Hope for opener Chris Gayle.

    TEAMS:

    ENGLAND – Eoin Morgan (captain), Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Liam Plunkett.

    WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Kyle Hope, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Marlon Samuels, Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Miguel Cummins, Jerome Taylor, Kesrick Williams.

    UMPIRES: Rob Bailey, Rod Tucker; TV – Simon Fry.

  • Brooks to lead Windies A against Sri Lanka A

    JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies announced on Tuesday a 13-member West Indies “A” squad for the first two “Tests” of their home series against Sri Lanka “A” next month.

    Only two members of the squad – vice-captain Vishal Singh and left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell – have featured for the senior men’s team in full international Tests, and Sunil Ambris is a current member of the senior One-day International squad playing against England.

    A number of the other players – including captain Shamarh Brooks – have featured in previous series either for Windies “A” or in tour matches against visiting international teams in the last two seasons.

    SQUAD

    Shamarh Brooks (Captain)

    Vishal Singh (Vice-Captain)

    Sunil Ambris

    John Campbell

    Yannic Cariah

    Rahkeem Cornwall

    Sheldon Cottrell

    Jahmar Hamilton

    Montcin Hodge

    Damion Jacobs

    Keon Joseph

    Reynard Leveridge

    Oshane Thomas

    Commenting on the squad, Chairman of the CWI Selection Panel, Courtney Browne said: “Our A-Team is the feeding ground for our senior men’s team and so we are looking to continue the development of our second-tier players. With a strong focus on consistency in selection, this series is another opportunity for them to continue to press their claims for a place in the senior side, thus placing selection pressure on incumbents, ensuring there is healthy competition for spots and growing our talent pool.”

    SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

    October

    Wed 11 to Sat 14        1st “Test” – Trelawny Multiplex, Jamaica

    Thu 19 to Sun 22         2nd “Test” – Trelawny Multiplex

    Thu 26 to Sun 29         3rd “Test” – Sabina Park, Jamaica

    November

    Wed 1                          1st One-day Match – Sabina Park

    Fri 3                             2nd One-day Match – Sabina Park

    Sun 5                           3rd One-day Match – Trelawny

  • We let ourselves down, laments Holder

    MANCHESTER, England, CMC – Skipper Jason Holder said Tuesday West Indies had let themselves down with “inconsistent” bowling after they lost the opening One-Day International of the five-match series by seven wickets to England.

    Though defending only 204 in a contest reduced to 42 overs per side at Old Trafford, Holder lamented his side’s lack of enterprise with the ball as England raced to their target in the 31st over courtesy of Jonny Bairstow’s maiden ODI hundred.

    “We lost wickets at crucial stages. Every time we tried to rebuild we lost a wicket and that doesn’t help the momentum,” Holder said afterwards.

    “Having said that, with runs on the board, I still felt we could have given a better account of ourselves with the ball. We let ourselves down [by being] just too inconsistent and allowing them to score a bit too freely.”

    He added: “We didn’t bowl as well as I thought we should. We were really inconsistent with our lines and lengths and we leaked boundaries.”

    The Caribbean side received a robust start from Chris Gayle as the left-hander blasted two fours and three sixes in a 27-ball 35, adding 45 off 33 balls for the first wicket with Evin Lewis (11).

    Once the pair departed in the space of 20 balls to leave the visitors on 53 for two in the ninth over, however, the innings wandered as Shai Hope (35) and Marlon Samuels (17) posted 50 for the third wicket but off 87 balls.

    They fell in close proximity of each other – 12 balls apart with four runs added – and the pressure told on the middle and lower order, leaving the Windies on an inadequate 203 for nine.

    Holder acknowledged that a lack of rotation of strike was to blame for the slow-down in momentum.

    “If we’re not getting boundaries we need to rotate the strike and it showed today. In the middle we got a little stuck so it’s an area we need to improve on in terms of rotating the strike,” Holder stressed.

    “It’s been an area of concern for a long time for us. We’re naturally a boundary-hitting team but if the boundaries aren’t coming we need to find another option.”

    The defeat meant West Indies will now have to resort to contesting a 10-team qualifier next year in order to reach the 2019 World Cup in England. They can now only finish ninth in the ICC ODI rankings by the September 30 cut-off date, outside the top-right ranking required for direct qualification.

    But Holder said their immediate focus was completing the ongoing series and playing competitively.

    “There’s definitely work to be done [in the future] but we’ve just got to focus on this series first. We’ve got to pick ourselves up and head back to Trent Bridge in two days time [for the second ODI].”

  • Old Trafford defeat sends Windies into World Cup qualifiers

    MANCHESTER, England, CMC – West Indies’ dismal One-Day International form continued with a seven-wicket defeat to England in the critical opener at Old Trafford here Tuesday, a result that condemned the Caribbean side to a 10-team qualifying tournament in order to reach the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

    Needing to sweep the five-match series in order to achieve direction qualification for the showpiece, West Indies put themselves under pressure when they could muster 203 for nine in the contest reduced to 42 overs per side following a two-hour delayed start due to a wet outfield.

    Captain Jason Holder top-scored with an unbeaten 41 off 33 deliveries while opener Chris Gayle, in his first ODI in two years, belted a typically aggressive 37 off 27 balls.

    Stylish right-hander Shai Hope carved out an attractive 35 while Rovman Powell got 23, but no other Windies batsman passed 20.

    As expected, England made light work of the target, coasting home in the 31st over with Jonny Bairstow celebrating his promotion the top of the order with 100 not out – his maiden ODI century.

    Test captain Joe Root chipped in with a polished 54 while all-rounder Ben Stokes arrived at the end to help formalise the result with a cameo unbeaten 23 off 15 balls.

    The defeat was the 16th in the last 21 ODIs for West Indies and their 12th loss in their last 17 outings to England.

    West Indies, two-time former World champions, will now battle minnows Ireland, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, along with four teams from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and another two from the ICC World Cricket League Division Two, in a tournament next year in order to reach the World Cup.

    Opting to bat first, West Indies were given a rousing start by Gayle and Evin Lewis (11) who put on 45 off 33 deliveries.

    The left-handed Gayle, dropped at second slip by Root off the third ball of the innings from pacer Chris Woakes before he had scored, looked in great touch, smashing two fours and three straight sixes to dominate the stand.

    However, Lewis pulled a long hop from Moeen Ali to Alex Hales at square leg in the off-spinner’s first over, and Gayle followed 20 balls later with 10 runs added when he holed out to deep mid-off to a brilliant running catch by Root off Woakes.

    Hope stroked five boundaries as he consolidated in a 50-run, third wicket partnership with Marlon Samuels before he too perished softly, whipping an ordinary delivery from seamer Stokes off his hip to be caught at square leg by Bairstow in the 24th over.

    Samuels, who consumed 46 balls in making a boundary-less 17, departed 12 balls later at 107 for four in the 26th over brushing a leg-side catch behind off Stokes.

    Powell and Jason Mohammed (18) then propped up the innings by adding a run-a-ball 42 for the fifth wicket but once they were separated, West Indies lost five wickets for 53 runs to decline.

    It was left to Holder to wag the tail, the right-hander thumping five fours to push his side beyond the 200-run mark.

    Stokes finished with three for 43 while leg-spinner Adil Rashid (2-31) and Woakes (2-41) picked up two wickets apiece.

    Requiring a strong opening burst, the Windies claimed Alex Hales cheaply for 19 when Lewis held a juggling catch at point off seamer Jerome Taylor with the score on 31 for one in the fifth over.

    However, the joy was short-lived as Bairstow and Root came together in a 125-run, second wicket stand which killed off the Windies hopes of a victory.

    All told, Bairstow faced 97 balls and counted 11 fours in a well-paced knock, reaching his landmark in the last over of the game with a punch to deep over off off-spinner Ashley Nurse for three runs.

    Root meanwhile, struck four boundaries off 53 balls before chopping on to seamer Kesrick Williams (2-50) in the 24th over and captain Eoin Morgan’s lean run continued when he nicked one behind off the same bowler three overs later, to perish for 10.

    But Stokes provided a swift end to the encounter, lashing a four and a pair of sixes – the last of which sealed the rout for the hosts.

    WEST INDIES

    C Gayle c Root b Woakes 37

    E Lewis c Hales b Ali 11

    +S Hope c Bairstow b Stokes 35

    M Samuels c wkp Buttler b Stokes 17

    J Mohammed c Hales b Rashid 18

    R Powell c Willey b Woakes 23

    *J Holder not out 41

    A Nurse c Root b Rashid 1

    D Bishoo b Willey 5

    J Taylor c wkp Buttler b Stokes 2

    K Williams not out 0

    Extras (lb3, w9, nb2) 14

    TOTAL (9 wkts, 42 overs) 204

    Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-53, 3-103, 4-107, 5-149, 6-150, 7-160, 8-187, 9-202.

    Bowling: Woakes 8-0-41-2 (w2), Willey 6-0-39-1 (w1), Ali 2-0-5-1, Rashid 9-0-31-2, Plunkett 8-0-42-0 (w2), Stokes 9-0-43-3 (w4, nb2).

    ENGLAND

    J Bairstow not out 100

    A Hales c Lewis b Taylor 19

    J Root b Williams 54

    *E Morgan c wkp Hope b Williams 10

    B Stokes not out 23

    Extras (w4) 4

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 30.5 overs) 210

    Did not bat: +J Buttler, M Ali, A Rashid, C Woakes, D Willey, L Plunkett.

    Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-156, 3-175.

    Bowling: Taylor 7-0-46-1 (w1), Holder 3-0-18-0, Williams 6-0-50-2 (w1), Nurse 8.5-0-48-0 (w1), Bishoo 6-0-48-0.

    Result: England won by seven wickets.

    Series: England lead five-match series 1-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Jonny Bairstow.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: Simon Fry, Tim Robinson; TV – Rod Tucker

  • Gayle return brings wealth of knowledge, says Holder

    MANCHESTER, England, CMC – The return of the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’, Chris Gayle, to West Indies one-day colours following a two-year absence, is expected to strengthen the Caribbean side’s batting in the upcoming five-match series against England.

    But while his 9 221 runs from 269 One-Day Internationals speak volumes, captain Jason Holder said Monday it was the 37-year-old’s wealth of knowledge which would be a major asset to the squad off the field.

    “Chris is always a guy who shares his advice [and] shares his input. Sometimes he tends to let things happen in terms of giving players the leeway to execute and free themselves,” Holder explained.

    “We always stress on that in the dressing room where we’re not complicating or clogging players’ minds as to what game they want to play.

    “And Chris has been a really good exponent of that over the years for himself. He’s been very clear on his game plans and how he wants to go about his cricket, and that’s one thing he has brought to the group – just be yourself and just express yourself.”

    He added: “He’s been obviously one that players tend to go to in terms of seeking advice and he’s never shy of a word to give them as much advice and guidance as he can.”

    Gayle, a former Windies captain, is set to play his first ODI since the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, when the West Indies take on England at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

    The left-hander has largely plied his trade in the shortest format in recent years but has recently expressed a desire to represent the Caribbean side at the 2019 World Cup scheduled for England.

    Freed for selection after Cricket West Indies shelved their controversial eligibility rule, Gayle was an automatic choice for the current tour and Holder said he had already brought his flamboyant personality to the camp.

    “So far Chris seems to be in really good spirits,” Holder told reporters.

    “He’s always a lively character in the dressing room and he’s been really good for us, so I don’t expect anything different from him in the series.”

    With Gayle and most of the leading players barred from selection, West Indies suffered adverse results off the field and failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy staged here earlier this year.

    Those results – they have won just three of their last 20 ODIs – have also left them unlikely to achieve direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup as they languish ninth in the ICC rankings.

    However, Holder said past disappointments were now behind the squad and the focus was squarely on the current series.

    “That’s in the past. Obviously we didn’t qualify for the Champions Trophy so it wasn’t ideal but it was the situation,” the all-rounder stressed.

    “We can’t dwell on that, we’ve got to move forward and shift our focus here now in England. This is the current series we’re up against. We need to take it step by step, game by game and formulate our plans and go out and try and execute them.”

  • PREVIEW: Windies chase unlikely whitewash to keep alive World Cup hopes

    MANCHESTER, England, CMC – Unpredictable West Indies face the improbable task of whitewashing favourites England in their five-match One-Day International series starting here Tuesday, as they chase a quickly dissipating dream of direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

    The Caribbean side’s recent poor form has seen them plunge to number nine in the ICC ODI rankings, with only hosts England and the remaining top seven sides by the September 30 cut-off date later this month, gaining automatic berths at the showpiece in England.

    What makes a whitewash even more difficult for the Windies is the fact they have not beaten England in a one-day series in 10 years and are without a series success over a top-six side in the ICC rankings in five years.

    They have won just three of their last 20 ODIs and even struggled against minnows Bangladesh in a three-match series in the Caribbean in June, managing only a 1-1 draw.

    While stressing that a clean sweep of the hosts was not an impossibility, however, captain Jason Holder was also under no illusions about the massive challenge before his squad, pointing out the need to play at their best in order to get the results needed.

    “It’s not going to be an easy task but it’s not impossible. I think that win there in Durham from the T20 team has given the side a boost,” the all-rounder told a media conference here Monday ahead of the day/night affair at Old Trafford.

    “A few of the guys are overlapping into this one series so hopefully these guys can ride on the back of that game and hopefully bring it (momentum) into this series.

    “We’ve got to take it one game at a time. I think we need to win 5-0 to qualify which wouldn’t be easy but as I said before wouldn’t be impossible as well.

    “I’ve stressed in the dressing room [the need for] consistency. I think if we are consistent with our performances and basically our processes, I think we will give ourselves a really good chance of winning the series.”

    West Indies have been boosted by the return of the experienced Jamaican pair of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, after Cricket West Indies freed them for selection by temporarily shelving the controversial eligibility rule.

    The embattled side now have at their disposal two players with 456 ODIs between them and Holder hopes their presence can help garner the results required.

    “We’re just hoping that these guys can put in some really good performances,” he noted.

    “Chris looked really good in the T20 game and he’s been carrying some form in our T20 tournament back home so hopefully that can translate that into this one-day series and he can get us off to a really good start with his partner Evin Lewis.”

    Samuels’s first appearance in an ODI in nearly a year is expected to take on special significance as he is likely to renew his heated rivalry with England all-rounder Ben Stokes.

    The pair clashed during a Test series in the Caribbean two years ago and then again at last year’s Twenty20 World Cup in India, potentially setting the stage for even more fireworks over the next two weeks.

    And even though Holder said Samuels was free to express himself, he said of greater worth was his contribution to team results.

    “Marlon is one competitive guy and he likes a good competition. Whether that (feud with Stokes) is something beneficial to him, he would have to decide that. I can’t really sit here and tell you,” Holder said.

    “Whatever Marlon needs to do to get himself fired up I’m quite happy for him to do it, once it is within the spirit of the game and he doesn’t go too overboard.

    “But Marlon has been a really good player for us over the years especially in one day cricket and hopefully he can bring that stability in the middle order for us and bat deep into the innings, and put us in a really great position and give our bowlers something to work with.”

    The younger brigade including the likes of rising Test star Shai Hope, his older brother Kyle Hope, Lewis and Kesrick Williams, will also be expected to carry much of the burden for the Windies performances.

    And though there was heavy importance on the series, Holder stressed he would not be shackling his players.

    “Obviously player management comes in and just giving players the license and freedom to play their roles as best as they possibly can,” he said.

    “That’s one part of it. The rest is ideally down to them to execute so I try to give everybody the leeway to execute their games so hopefully our guys can come in and put on a really good show in this series.”

    The contest bowls off at 12:30 pm (7:30 am Eastern Caribbean time).

    SQUADS:

    ENGLAND – Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes.

    WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Jason Mohammed (vice-captain), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Chris Gayle, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Kesrick Williams.

  • No holding back Samuels, says skipper Holder

    MANCHESTER, England, CMC – Captain Jason Holder has no plans on keeping combative Marlon Samuels on a leash during the five-match One-Day International series starting here Tuesday, but has urged the experienced stroke-maker not to get carried away in his rivalry with all-rounder Ben Stokes.

    While the West Indies chase an improbable series clean sweep to achieve direct qualification for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, the spotlight will likely also fall on the long-running duel between Samuels and England’s Stokes.

    The pair clashed during their last meeting at the Twenty20 World Cup in India last year and many expect a continuation during the upcoming series.

    “We’re just looking to play the game as a normal cricket game. Hopefully those two can stay out of trouble and we can have a smooth sailing series,” Holder told reporters here Monday.

    “If it helps Marlon, I do enjoy it. If it doesn’t [help him], then I don’t. It’s a whole team we have here and we’re not focussing on those two going after one another. We’re focussing primarily on winning this series and what we need to do to win this series.”

    The feud between Samuels and Stokes burst to life during the third day of the second Test of England’s tour of the Caribbean two years ago, when the Jamaican sent his nemesis on his way with a sarcastic salute after the Englishman was dismissed.

    And in a tense T20 World Cup final last year, Samuels and Stokes became embroiled in a war of words as the West Indies batsman carried his side to an unprecedented title with a brilliant Man-of-the-Match performance.

    Earlier this month, Samuels set the stage for the upcoming series by warning Stokes to “stay on the boundary when I’m batting, as far away as possible.”

    Holder said hopefully the rivalry would remain in good taste and not detract from an important series.

    “Once it is well within the spirit of the game and it doesn’t go too overboard, I think it is ideal for the game,” he stressed.

    “I think with the whole demerit points system around, you don’t really want to be getting yourself in trouble and racking up demerit points.

    “That’s something all players have to be mindful of so hopefully he can keep it within the spirit of the game and play a really competitive series.”

    England captain Eoin Morgan said he expected Stokes to be up for the fight.

    “”I want Ben to be himself. I want him to get into the contest of a game. It’s part and parcel of his character … and getting the best out of Ben Stokes.”

  • Bowlers take Windies to 21-run victory over England

    CHESTER-LE-STREET, England, CMC — West Indies bowlers — led by their captain Carlos Brathwaite, the irrepressible Kesrick Williams and the clever Sunil Narine — defied cold, wet conditions and proved their adaptability to usher their side to a 21-run victory over England in their Twenty20 International on Saturday.

    Brathwaite snared 3-20 from 3.3 overs, Williams took 3-35 from his allotted four overs and Narine, later named Player-of-the-Match, grabbed 2-15 from his four overs, as England were dismissed for 155 in pursuit of a victory target of 177 in the weather-affected match at the Riverside Stadium.

    The Windies overcame a slippery outfield that almost forced umpires Martin Gough and Tim Robinson to abandon the England chase in the fifth over, an Alex Hales 39-ball blitz for a top score of 43, and a rearguard from Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow to clinch their 11th victory over England in 15 matches in this format.

    Using a number of variations in the second half of the chase, the visitors made it difficult for the home team to lift the tempo late in the chase, as the last six wickets fell for 37 in the space of 36 balls.

    The embattled Brathwaite formalised the result with three balls remaining when he went past Liam Plunkett’s ugly swipe and bowled the England fast bowler to cap one of his better bowling performances in maroon since he was controversially elevated to captain last year.

    West Indies had failed to build upon a typically explosive start from Chris Gayle and fellow opener Evin Lewis, and were restricted to 176 for nine from their allocation of 20 overs, after they were sent in to bat under cloudy skies.

    Lewis led the way with 51 off 28 balls that included six fours and three sixes and Gayle smote three fours and four sixes in 40 from 21 balls in an opening stand of 77.

    After Gayle was run out in the seventh over, failing to beat Jason Roy’s throw from square leg to bowler Liam Plunkett in the seventh over, the rest of the innings lacked the same intensity and momentum.

    The Windies reached 106 for one at the halfway stage, but Plunkett and leg-spinner Adil Rashid grabbed three wickets apiece to undermine their batting in the second half of the innings.

    Jerome Taylor then gave West Indies the perfect start and silenced the capacity crowd, when he had Roy caught at backward point with the first ball of the chase.

    But Taylor and new ball partner Williams failed to find further consistency, and Hales made the most of an early reprieve to give the England chase early legs, putting on 64 for the second wicket with Root.

    Brathwaite made the breakthrough when he bowled Hales with the penultimate delivery in the final over of the Power Play to put England in a tailspin that saw them plunge to 68 for four in the eighth over.

    West Indies met further defiance from Buttler and Bairstow when they put on 50 for the fifth wicket with sensible batting, but with the scoring rate steadily increasing chances needed to be taken and the bottom half of the England batting failed to spark, as the Windies bowlers cleverly offered up a variety of cutters and change of pace deliveries.

    WEST INDIES (maximum 20 overs)

    C Gayle run out (Roy/Plunkett) 40

    E Lewis c Root b Plunkett 51

    M Samuels c Root b Plunkett 10

    +C Walton c Willey b Rashid 13

    K Pollard c Curran b Plunkett 6

    R Powell c Jordan b Curran 28

    *C Brathwaite b Rashid 2

    S Narine lbw b Rashid 2

    A Nurse not out 13

    J Taylor lbw b Jordan 1

    K Williams not out 2

    Extras (w7, lb1) 8

    TOTAL (9 wkts, 20 overs) 176

    Fall of wickets: 1-77 (Gayle, 6.3 overs); 2-106 (Lewis, 10.1); 3-115 (Samuels, 10.5); 4-123 (Pollard, 12.2); 5-127 (Walton, 13.4); 6-138 (Brathwaite, 15.1); 7-142 (Narine, 15.6); 8-165 (Powell, 18.3); 9-167 (Taylor, 19.2)

    Bowling: Willey 2-0-20-0 (w1); Root 2-0-11-0 (w2); Curran 4-0-46-1 (w1); Jordan 4-0-46-1 (w2); Plunkett 4-0-27-3 (w1); Rashid 4-0-25-3

    ENGLAND (target: 177 off 20 overs)

    J Roy c Lewis b Taylor 0

    A Hales b Brathwaite 43

    J Root c Brathwaite b Nurse 17

    *E Morgan c Lewis b Narine 2

    +J Buttler c Powell b Williams 30

    J Bairstow c (sub) Mohammed b Mohammed 27

    A Rashid c wkpr Walton b Williams 1

    D Willey st Walton b Narine 1

    L Plunkett b Brathwaite 18

    C Jordan c Brathwaite b Williams 6

    T Curran not out 1

    Extras (lb4, w5) 9

    TOTAL (all out, 19.3 overs) 155

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Roy, 0.1 overs); 2-64 (Hales, 5.5); 3-66 (Root, 6.3); 4-68 (Morgan, 7.4); 5-118 (Buttler, 14.1); 6124 (Rashid, 14.6); 7-127 (Willey, 15.5); 8-129 (Bairstow, 16.2); 9-148 (Jordan, 18.2)

    Bowling: Taylor 3-0-20-1; Williams 4-0-35-3 (w3); Brathwaite 3.3-0-20-3; Narine 4-0-15-2; Nurse 3-0-23-1 (w1); Pollard 2-0-17-0

    Result: West Indies won by 21 runs

    Series: West Indies win one-off match

    Toss: England

    Player-of-the-Match: S Narine (West Indies)

    Umpires: M Gough, T Robinson

    TV umpire: R Bailey

    Match referee: J Srinath (India)

    Reserve umpire: A Wharf

  • England win toss, fielding vs Windies

    CHESTER-LE-STREET, England, CMC — England won the toss and chose to field against West Indies in their Twenty20 International on Saturday at the Riverside Stadium.

    Teams:

    ENGLAND: Eoin Morgan (captain), Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Adil Rashid, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran

    WEST INDIES: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels, Chadwick Walton (wicketkeeper), Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Jerome Taylor, Kesrick Williams

    UMPIRES: Michael Gough, Tim Robinson

    TV UMPIRE: Rob Bailey

    MATCH REFEREE: Javagal Srinath (India)

    RESERVE UMPIRE: Alex Wharf

  • Windies Under-19 training squad announced

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies has announced a 21-member Windies Under-19 squad for a two-week training camp from December 5 to 20 in Barbados and Antigua:

    SQUAD

    Alick Athanaze

    Brad Barnes

    Joshua Bishop

    Cephas Cooper

    Kishan Graham

    Jarion Hoyte

    Kirstan Kallicharran

    Mikyle Louis

    Aaron Maniram

    Kimani Melius

    Ashmeade Nedd

    Darron Nedd

    Kian Pemberton

    Raymond Perez

    Joshua Persaud

    Jeavor Royal

    Keegan Simmons

    Javier Spencer

    Emmanuel Stewart

    Bhaskar Yadram

    Nyeem Young

    All but two of the players that were part of the successful trip to southern Africa in July have been included in the squad which also includes seven players whose performances during the recent Regional Under-19 Tournament in St. Kitts enhanced their claims for consideration.

    The new inclusions are: Brad Barnes, Kishawn Graham, Jarion Hoyte, Aaron Maniram, Kimani Melius, Regional U19 3-Day Most Valuable Player Ashmeade Nedd and Regional U19 Super50 MVP Raymond Perez.

    On the squad, Courtney Browne, chairman of the CWI selection panel, said: “As the build up to the 2018 ICC Youth World Cup continues, the development of our Under-19 players is paramount.

    “The upcoming strategic camp will again give the coaching staff another opportunity to enhance and fine-tune the players’ skills and focus on team work, as we set out on our quest to defend the ICC Youth World Cup title.”

    Browne added: “The addition of players from the recent Regional U19 Tournament to the camp squad will complement the team that was so successful two months ago in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

    “These additional players were chosen to strengthen those positions in the squad that we felt needed attention.”

    The players will assemble in Barbados, where they will undergo fitness testing, before travelling to Antigua in order to complete the training programme using the Coolidge Cricket Ground. 

    It will be their final preparation in the Caribbean before travelling to the ICC Youth World Cup to be staged from January 13 to February 3 next year in New Zealand.

    Windies Under-19s are the defending ICC Youth World Cup champions, having lifted the title for the first time ever last year in Bangladesh, under the leadership of Shimron Hetmyer and guidance of head coach Graeme West.