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Five talking points ahead of England’s Twenty20 series with West Indies

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England begin the final leg of their winter travels with a three-match T20 series against the West Indies in St Lucia on Tuesday.

Here, we take a look at the key issues.

Heavy Changed England

The selectors have chosen to rest key men Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali ahead of their imminent Indian Premier League stints, while opener Jason Roy has been allowed to return home for the birth of his first child.

That means a great chunk of their first-choice XI will be absent, changing the dynamic of the side considerably.

How England manage without so many of their bankers may say a lot about the depth of their resources.

Root Gets His Wish

Joe Root was another player considered for rotation as England look to manage their prize asset’s workload in a busy year.

But he has been vocal in his frustration at missing T20 games in the past and lobbied to be involved.

Root does not want to be left behind in the sprint format and is eager to show his less explosive, more methodical style can still be a match-winning one.

No TV Coverage?

As it stands no arrangements are in place for the final two matches of the series to be shown on British television.

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The length of the tour was extended after an initial deal was agreed with Sky and the two parties have yet to come to an agreement on an additional fee.

Negotiations will continue, but with a matter of days to go, there is a possibility fans back home will not be able to watch live.

Fighting for a World Cup Place

Head coach Trevor Bayliss has admitted these matches will be used to help finalise thoughts for the 50-over World Cup, meaning the likes of Tom Curran, David Willey and Joe Denly should all get a good run.

They were peripheral figures in the ODI contests, Curran playing a minor role, while Willey and Denly went unused, and must now use the next week to prove their white-ball skills.

West Indies v England - 2nd One Day International

With Jofra Archer looming, one of the trio could be edged out of the squad.

Mark Wood

The biggest winner of England’s Caribbean trip has undoubtedly been paceman Mark Wood.

He breathed new life into his Test career with a searing spell in the third Test and was the standout bowler in the one-dayers, cementing his place in the team.

There will be a temptation for him to continue riding this wave, but his injury record suggests caution should be taken.

Rather than risk him breaking down, England may take the seamer out of the firing line at least once. To be treated with such care and attention indicates just how far Wood has come.

Topics:
England cricket
West Indies cricket
Cricket
Mark Wood
Joe Denly
David Willey
Tom Curran
Jos Buttler
Ben Stokes
Joe Root

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