After a resounding success against England in a different format, Team West Indies is gearing up for a more challenging task – facing the current T20 world champions on their home turf.
The English team suffered a setback in the marquee tournament, losing their title in a disappointing display.
As they host the West Indies in a five-match T20 series, both teams view this as a mini-audition for the upcoming T20 World Cup in June 2024.
Table of content
- 1 Teams Preview
- 1.1 West Indies Preview
- 1.2 England Preview
- 1.3 West Indies T20 Stats and History
- 1.4 England T20 Stats and History
- 1.5 West Indies vs England head-to-head stats
- 1.6 Weather Conditions
- 1.7 Venue Details
- 1.8 Toss: To Bat or Not to Bat?
- 1.9 WI vs ENG: Winning Prediction
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West Indies Preview
Co-hosting the T20 World Cup next year, West Indies has set its sights on assembling a formidable team that stands the best chance of clinching victory on home soil.
Under the guidance of two-time World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy as the coach, the team has strategically selected T20 stars and globetrotter.
The squad boasts the likes of Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, and Romario Shepherd.
The return of Andre Russell, after a two-year hiatus, adds experience and firepower to the West Indies lineup.
Having overcome England in the longer format, the West Indies team carries that confidence into the T20 series.
With a track record of success in both domestic and international T20 cricket, the current crop of West Indies players aims to prove their mettle against a team known for its unique brand of T20 cricket.
Predicted Playing XI:
- Brandon King
- Kyle Mayers
- Shai Hope
- Nicholas Pooran (wk)
- Rovman Powell (c)
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Roston Chase
- Jason Holder
- Romario Shepherd
- Akeal Hosein
- Alzarri Joseph
For Team England, the shift to T20s comes as a welcome change after months of disappointing results in the 50-over format.
The series against West Indies provides a valuable opportunity to test their T20 skills against some of the best players in the format.
As they defend their title in the next T20 World Cup, England aims to regain momentum with a strong performance in the Caribbean.
Jos Buttler, captaining the side and keeping wickets, looks to rediscover his form by moving up the order.
Supported by Will Jacks and Phil Salt, England’s top order aims to set the tone for explosive batting.
The middle order, featuring Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, and Liam Livingstone, looks formidable.
With all-round contributions from Chris Woakes and Sam Curran in the lower order, England has a well-rounded squad.
Adil Rashid takes on the spin-bowling responsibility, and the return of Reece Topley strengthens the pace attack.
Predicted Playing XI:
- Jos Buttler (c & wk)
- Will Jacks
- Phil Salt
- Moeen Ali
- Harry Brook
- Liam Livingstone
- Sam Curran
- Chris Woakes
- Adil Rashid
- Tymal Mills
- Reece Topley
West Indies T20 Stats and History
Total Match Played = 184
Won = 78
Loss = 96
No Result = 10
Tie = 0
England T20 Stats and History
Total Match Played = 177
Won = 94
Loss = 77
No Result = 6
Tie = 0
West Indies vs England head-to-head stats
Total Match Played = 24
West Indies won = 14
England won = 10
No Result = 0
Having faced each other five times on this very ground last year, the teams are well aware of the unpredictable nature of the surfaces the Kensington Oval groundskeepers can conjure.
From belters that witnessed an aggregate of 428 runs to challenging tracks resulting in a modest 207 runs aggregate, the pitch has proven to be an unpredictable character.
The forecast for the upcoming match hints at a moderately windy and humid evening, with the potential for a passing shower to add an element of unpredictability to the game.
Having recently hosted the deciding game of the ODI series, the Kensington Oval is in prime condition for the commencement of the T20 series.
The atmosphere is charged with anticipation as cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the clash between these two cricketing powerhouses.
Toss: To Bat or Not to Bat?
Statistical trends suggest a clear preference for the team batting first at Kensington Oval.
In 16 out of the 22 games held here, the team batting first emerged victorious.
Considering this historical data, the toss-winning captain is likely to opt to set a target rather than chase.
WI vs ENG: Winning Prediction
West Indies enter this series riding on a wave of success, having clinched a series during their tour to South Africa earlier this year and successfully thwarting India’s ambitions in the recent series.
Following a stint in the fast-paced T10 format in Abu Dhabi, key players from the West Indies camp are geared up to face the current world champions, England.
In contrast, England finds themselves in a challenging phase, not reflecting their best form.
The West Indies, with a recent history of triumphs, are poised to capitalize on England’s vulnerabilities.
Prediction: West Indies to Win
As the Caribbean breeze carries the echoes of cricketing battles, the prediction aligns with West Indies emerging victorious in this contest. Cricket enthusiasts can brace themselves for a thrilling encounter as the T20 series unfolds at the iconic Kensington Oval.