The Ashes 2021 opened up a slew of issues for England in the longest format of the game, and they will take their sweet time to be resolved. The situation with England’s red-ball side now resembles that of their early exit from the World Cup in 2015. England managed to pull off a massive comeback after that and hasn’t looked back since.
The focus will now shift to the same white-ball team as England prepares to take on the West Indies in a lengthy tour that will include five T20Is followed by three Test matches. The first T20I of the series will be played on January 23, 2021, at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Match Details to Note
Match: West Indies vs England, 1st T20I Match, England Tour of West Indies, 2022
Date: January 23, 2022 (Sunday)
Time: 1:30 AM IST
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
West Indies vs England Team Previews
WIndies used to be a massive force to be reckoned with in the game’s shortest format, and it was only recently that they began to lose that title. Their World Cup campaign was undoubtedly the final confirmation of the void in their side’s development phase.
West Indies, led by Kieron Pollard, are coming off a poor performance against Ireland, albeit in a different format. Prior to that, the West Indies faced Pakistan in Pakistan, and their performance there was also unsatisfactory, as Pakistan won the three-match series 3-0. With some key players returning, a lot has changed for the West Indies since then, and they will be eager to prove themselves in this series by defeating one of the World’s best teams in the format.
West Indies have a number of youngsters who are likely to play in this upcoming match, and there couldn’t be a better time to put the bench strength to the test than a home series. Having said that, the experienced players will need to step up, whether with the bat or the ball. They have an unsteady top order, with neither Brandon King nor Kyle Myers having much experience at this level. Their middle-order, on the other hand, appears to be well-stocked, with Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, and Kieran Pollard all available.
West Indies is one of the few teams that have successfully followed a template similar to England’s. We anticipate them to be aggressive in this match as well, but getting off to a good start with the bat will be critical. If they can use the powerplay to their advantage and keep the English stars quiet, they will be a very difficult side to deal with.
West Indies Squad
Brandon King, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard (c), Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Kyle Mayers, Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh, Romario Shepherd, Sheldon Cottrell, Odean Smith, Dominic Drakes
Predicted XI: Brandon King, Shai Hope, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hossain, Sheldon Cotrell, Odean Smith
Regardless of how bad England has been in the longest version of the game, their team in coloured clothing has performed admirably in recent years. They appeared to be in top form in the recently concluded T20I World Cup before being knocked out by New Zealand. Furthermore, they have a plethora of options for practically every position on the side, which they sorely lack in the longest version of the game.
England will be far from full strength in this upcoming game, but they will still be a formidable unit to contend with. Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, and Jonny Bairstow are all set to miss this upcoming match, owing to the heavy workload that they have recently endured. England will also be without key players Tom Curran and Jofra Archer, both of whom are injured. However, Sam Billings, who played in the Ashes and looked in fantastic form in the BBL prior to that, will be in the squad and is expected to play, especially with Buttler and Bairstow both missing.
Phil Salt is poised to break into the national team after some outstanding performances in various leagues around the world. He will almost certainly start with Jason Roy, giving England an aggressive top order. Batting-wise, they have the likes of James Vince, Eoin Morgan, and Tom Banton at their disposal.
England’s greatest strength in recent years has been its battery of all-rounders. It won’t be any different this time, and with Adil Rashid set to bat at number nine, they have a pretty deep batting lineup. Overall, England will be looking to replicate the template that they have established so well. Adapting quickly to the conditions will be critical here, and if they are able to do so, getting past them will be a huge challenge.
Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (c), Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, David Payne, Tom Banton, Sam Billings (wk), Philip Salt, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley, Saqib Mahmood
Predicted XI: Tom Banton, Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Jmaes Vince, Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid
West Indies vs England Toss Prediction
Unless overcast conditions force the captains to bowl first, batting first will be a no-brainer in this match. As the game progresses, the pitch may slow down, causing the ball to stop and come.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Kensington Oval is a tricky surface because of its low bounce and slowness. Batters usually need to work hard before going for the big shots, and the highest target chased here is only 155 runs. In this match, we anticipate average scores of 140-160 runs.
According to the weather forecast, Barbados will have overcast and cloudy conditions with only a 10% chance of precipitation. We anticipate that rain will stay away from this game for the most part.
West Indies vs England Match Prediction
Both teams are missing a number of regular players, but England has a stronger team due to their experience and player quality. West Indies has a lot of exciting players, but they aren’t performing well as a team. Both teams have a strong batting lineup and a diverse bowling attack with multiple options. We expect England to win this match because of their consistency and success over the last 2-3 years.
England is the favourite to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.55.
- Except for the series against India, England has won all of their T20I bilateral series since 2017.
- England is on a four-match T20I winning streak in the West Indies, with a 3-0 victory in the most recent series played here.
- After 2018, the West Indies won only two of the last eight home T20I series.