Bridgetown, Barbados (Sporting Alert) — The West Indies will look to rebound from the recent One Day International defeat when they take on England in the opening Twenty20 game of the series at Kensington Oval on Sunday.
The Caribbean side is using the series as their final preparation to defend their ICC World Twenty20 crown later this month, while hard hitting top order batsman Chris Gayle returns.
“It is our final preparation going into the World Cup and it is good to have matches where we can finalise the combination of our team,” captain Darren Sammy said on windiescricket.com.
He added: “We (West Indies) normally have good matches here (Kensington Oval) and the last match we played which was against Australia was a very exciting encounter.
“England and West Indies always have these good battles and we are looking forward to that tomorrow (today) as both teams are looking to finalise their combination of their squad going into the World Cup, so it provides both teams with that opportunity.”
The second game of the three match series is on Tuesday, with Thursday concluding the series.
WEST INDIES SQUAD:
West Indies Squad
DJG Sammy*, S Badree, DJ Bravo, J Charles, SS Cottrell, ADS Fletcher, CH Gayle, SP Narine, D Ramdin†, R Rampaul, AD Russell, MN Samuels, K Santokie, LMP Simmons, DR Smith.
SCJ Broad*, EJG Morgan, MM Ali, IR Bell, RS Bopara, TT Bresnan, JC Buttler†, JW Dernbach, HF Gurney, AD Hales, CJ Jordan, MJ Lumb, SD Parry, BA Stokes, JC Tredwell, LJ Wright
T20 Series Schedule – Start 2 p.m./1 p.m. Jamaica Time
Sun 9: 1st Twenty20 International – Kensington Oval
Tue 11: 2nd Twenty20 International – Kensington Oval
Thu 13: 3rd Twenty20 International – Kensington Oval