Five more chances for England to register their first competitive international win of the winter. After the debacle of the T20 match on Sunday Andrew Strauss has declared himself fit for the first ODI giving himself another chance to prove himself as a one day player and one day captain. It would be fair to say the press Strauss and England have received since Sundays defeat hasn’t been to favourable to say the least, the repercussions for them if they lose this series heavily dosen’t bear thinking about for Strauss. West Indies have no such problems and also have skipper Chris Gayle back in the squad, its not certain he will be fit enough for the first game though, on a surprising note they have left spinner Sulieman Benn out of their squad for the first 2 games, instead opting for Nikita Miller.
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1st ODI – Fri 20th March – Providence Stadium, Guyana
2nd ODI – Sun 22nd March – Providence Stadium, Guyana
3rd ODI – Fri 27th March – Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
4th ODI – Sun 29th March – Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
5th ODI – Fri 3rd April – Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
West Indies – (1st & 2nd ODI’s only) 1 Chris Gayle (C), 2 Devon Smith, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Lendl Simmons, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Denesh Ramdin (WK), 9 Darren Sammy, 10 Fidel Edwards, 11 Lionel Baker, 12 Nikita Miller, 12 Daren Powell.
England – 1 Ravi Bopara, 2 Steven Davies (WK), 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Owais Shah, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Andrew Strauss (C), 7 Dimitri Mascarenhas, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Gareth Batty, 10 Amjad Khan, 11 James Anderson, 12 Matt Prior (WK), 13 Ian Bell, 14 Steve Harmison, 15 Andrew Flintoff, 16 Adil Rashid.
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Going into the 1st ODI at Providence Stadium in Guyana and England are still looking a total mess. Still no Andrew Flintoff, Strauss to open or not? If Steven Davies continues in the side apparently he will open, whereas if Prior returns he will bat down the order! To say the England think tank know what they’re doing would be a joke, they look like going into the game with another inexperienced opening partnership of Bopara and Davies, neither of whom are natural openers, why?
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