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Windies aiming to take England out of natural game

Published: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017
West Indies Kesrick Williams celebrates after bowling England’s Eoin Morgan caught West Indies Shai Hope during the first One Day International match between England and West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, on Tuesday. PICTURE AP

NOTTINGHAM, England Seamer Kesrick Williams has underscored the importance of taking England out of their natural game as West Indies look to square the five-match series in the second One-Day International at Trent Bridge here Thursday.

The Windies under-performed in all departments in Tuesday’s opening game at Old Trafford, crashing to a seven-wicket defeat to fall behind 1-0, and leaving themselves with a mountain to climb to get back into the series. Their 204 batting first proved inadequate and England chased down the total with nearly 11 of their allotted 42 overs still available.

Williams said the hosts had been disciplined in their approach, rotating the strike brilliantly and cutting out the big strokes, and stressed this was the area the Windies needed to address.

“In the last game, I think we kind of bowled well as a bowling team but there wasn’t enough runs on the board,” Williams said here Wednesday. “[There isn’t a team that won’t] be under pressure with [204 to defend] especially with world class players that pick gaps and find gaps easily like Joe Root and (Jonny) Bairstow coming in at the top this time, and they really rotated the strike well.

“If you realise they didn’t hit as much boundaries as they probably anticipated – a lot of singles were run and that’s where they killed us.” He continued: “If you can block up these areas where these guys get their singles, I think we can do well. We are not bowling much of the boundary balls but what we can try to do is block off the singles and try to make them go over the top because they are not boundary-hitters.

“If we can try to make them do more of that I think we can be in the game.” Bairstow struck exactly 100 not out off 97 balls – his maiden ODI hundred – while Root carved out a busy 54, in a 125-run second wicket stand which took the game away from the Caribbean side.(CMC)

Squads

ENGLAND – Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes.

WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Jason Mohammed (vice-captain), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Chris Gayle, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Kesrick Williams.