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Preview: England tour of West Indies

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Can he be England's man? (©GettyImages)
Can he be England's man? (©GettyImages).

“Rebuilding England”, this is what you have to term the Brits at the moment. Despite having a very strong line-up in each and every format, England currently are in a rebuilding phase because of the thrashing that they have had to face Down Under.

Stuart Broad now leads England to the Caribbean to face the World T20 Defending Champions West Indies, with three ODIs and an equal number of T20Is on the agenda.

The team that has been selected for the tour is same as the one selected for the T20 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh and looks very strong on paper, if not according to form.

There are going to be many challenges for Broad’s men ahead of the first ODI. As we recently saw in England’s 3-0 defeat in the T20 series against Australia, no one was in any kind of form whatsoever with either bat or ball.

Ravi Bopara was the only man to get a half-century from the whole team and the bowling was just rubbish, to be honest, catches were dropped, batsmen were poor, bowlers were whacked.

Surely, if England would continue the same form in the World Cup, no doubt they would exit in the group stage itself. According to me, there isn’t any team that would be getting a better preparation than the Englishmen, the reason being that they would be facing the world’s best T20 team and if England beat them, their confidence would rise up as well.

Also, we know how big a role would spinners play in Bangladesh and any team would look towards their spin preparations ahead of the tournament without question.

England would be facing Samuel Badree (best economy rate in T20 Cricket) and the best T20 spinner of course, “The Mystery Man" Sunil Narine which would help the Brits’ spin preparations which gives them an upper hand.

Talking about some more positives (as we have already talked about worries), Paul Collingwood is now a part of England coaching staff and will be assisting Ashley Giles in looking after the shorter form of the game.

All in all, Broad’s men have worries but they have a confounding line-up and a few other things to build from. of. If England succeed against the Windies, they might just have a chance of proving the critics wrong to secure ICC Silverware.


England's squad for the tour of the West Indies: Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire, Captain), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Luke Wright (Sussex), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), James Tredwell (Kent), Ben Stokes (Durham), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, Vice-Captain), Jade Dernbach (Surrey).

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