England vs West Indies: T20 World Cup preview


ngland and West Indies start their T20 World Cup campaigns against one another in a repeat of the 2016 final on Saturday.

On that occasion, England looked to have the trophy in their hands, only for Carlos Brathwaite to hammer four consecutive sixes to give Windies the crown.

Eoin Morgan’s side are among the favourites for the tournament, having won the 50-over World Cup two years ago, but their opponents have a side packed full of the planet’s most destructive T20 players, including Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell.

With only the top two teams in each group advancing from the Super 12 stage to the semi-final, there is little room for error and both sides will be desperate to get off to a winning start.

Date, UK start time and venue

England vs West Indies is scheduled for a 3pm BST start on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

The match will be played at the Dubai International Stadium.

Where to watch England vs West Indies

TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.

You can also follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.

England vs West Indies team news

England’s plans for the tournament have been complicated by the absences of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran.

The main selection dilemma ahead of the opener concerns the balance of the side, with batter Dawid Malan possibly at risk of losing his place to make room for an extra bowler.

Squad: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

West Indies, meanwhile, have a power-packed batting lineup but there is less certainty over the makeup of their bowling attack.

The spin of all-rounder Roston Chase could provide balance off the back of a superb campaign in the Caribbean Premier League.

Squad: Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.

England vs West Indies prediction

With such a strong toss bias expected in this tournament, it’s difficult to make bullish predictions when assessing meetings between two such evenly matched sides.

England have, however, developed such a winning habit in white-ball cricket that perhaps they’re the more likely winner of this opener.

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