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Sport West Indies wallop England in T20 series opener in Barbados

10:09  23 january  2022
10:09  23 january  2022 Source:   cricket365.com

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England 's batting woes cross formats and continents as they are routed by West Indies in the first T 20 international in Barbados . English cricket will have expected that a different format and opponent would bring a change in fortune. Instead, the kind of helter-skelter batting implosion that was commonplace during the Ashes was repeated. Only Sam Billings, who made the journey to Barbados from Hobart after being drafted in for the fifth Test, is part of both squads, meaning England had five survivors from the team that was beaten in the semi-final of the T 20 World Cup in November.

Kieron Pollard beat the West Indies toss and chose to bowl first at Kensington Oval. This is because the first T 20 I to England was ready to proceed. In the case of England , Tom Banton gets a chance to open with Jason Roy, who proved his form with 36 balls 100 in the England warm-up. He nods ahead of Phil Salt, who has returned to his familiar environment after spending six years in Bridgetown as a kid. Chris Jordan also grew up in Barbados and returned to his hometown.

England’s Twenty20 tour of Barbados got off to a false start after they were bundled out for 103 before the West Indies reached a meagre target with nine wickets and 17 balls to spare.

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After being asked to bat first on a tricky pitch with inconsistent bounce, England lurched to 10 for three then 49 for seven as their Ashes batting woes transferred to the Caribbean at the outset of this five-match series.

Lower-order batters Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid spared England’s blushes as they avoided a new record-low T20 total but the duo’s efforts barely papered over the cracks, with the Windies rarely troubled in their pursuit.

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England ’s Twenty 20 tour of Barbados got off to a false start after they were bundled out for 103 before the West Indies reached a meagre target with nine wickets and 17 balls to spare. England ’s bowlers were efficient if non-threatening – with Brandon King’s unbeaten 52 from 49 deliveries breaking the back of the chase – but they were given precious little to work with after a dreadful start for their batters. Fresh from a 36-ball ton in England ’s only warm-up, Jason Roy set pulses racing when he heaved over midwicket but then missed a wild swipe and was faced with Sheldon Cottrell’s customary salute after

West Indies hammer England in first T 20 - as it happened. The last series against Ireland was a tough series and I wasn't happy with my performance but it is good to bounce back in this manner and we always speak in the changing room about tackling adversity face on. "We had the perfect day to be honest.

Jordan top-scored for England with 28 from 23 balls and was one of only four batters to make double figures in a much-changed line-up for the tourists, without the likes of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes after their Ashes exertions.

Sam Billings was one of only five survivors from the side that lost to New Zealand in the T20 World Cup semi-final in November, jetting out to Bridgetown from Hobart where he had made his Test debut just days earlier.

England’s bowlers were efficient if non-threatening – with Brandon King’s unbeaten 52 from 49 deliveries breaking the back of the chase – but they were given precious little to work with after a dreadful start for their batters.

Skipper Eoin Morgan said that England would need to bounce back quickly.

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England lost four wickets in the opening six-over power play and were bowled out for 103 in the 20th over. The Windies might have been without T 20 legends such as Chris Gayle and Andre Russell but they knocked off the runs with 17 balls to spare. What a contrast from losing a 50-over series 2-1 to The pitch offered turn and uneven bounce but there was sufficient experience and quality in England ’s team for their slump to be inexcusable. There was a string of soft dismissals. Ironically, it comes after all the soul-searching and promises to reset red-ball cricket in the wake of the 0-4 defeat to Australia.

First T 20 I - West Indies vs England . West Indies win by nine wickets in Barbados . England skittled for 103 in 19.4 overs. Jason Holder takes 4-7 for hosts. What's next? England and West Indies face off again in the second T 20 international from 8pm on Sunday with games on January 26, 29 and 30 completing the five-match series . Meanwhile, Heather Knight's England side will aim to level things up in the Women's Ashes as they take on Australia in the third T 20 in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Not at all [the start we wanted], and the opposite conditions to what we played on [in the warm-up].

“WI dominated early on, we didn’t seem to adapt. Have to come back tomorrow with a fresh game plan. Think the wicket could be the same again.

“Something we spoke about coming here, more so in Barbados, little bit more bounce. Today it wasn’t that consistent.

“Trying to get the mindset around risk reward didn’t happen. [That’s the] Nature of international cricket, you get tested/exposed throughout your career. I’ll be encouraging them to stay as positive as possible. [Fans] We’re trying, we always get great support. We hope to play better cricket.”

Windies skipper Kieron Pollard was naturally delighted.

“That’s the blueprint we ask guys to put up. Really happy for the guys. To come out and win a match isn’t easy, to see the young guys come out and finish it off was fantastic. Sheldon [Cottrell] coming back in, Jason showed his quality.

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And West Indies are running through England . That said, West Indies are still pretty good at home, where eight of those nine victories have come – four of them in a triumphant series against Australia six months ago. And Morgan is without several of his regulars, from Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow to Jofra Archer.

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“These two bowlers were phenomenal, and then backing it up in the field. Sometimes when you get four wickets early guys can relax, but they know the importance of sticking to plans.

“Thought they were fantastic. This is just the first of five, but winning games isn’t easy at all. [King] Did well in Pakistan, and being able to finish the game is something we’re trying to inculcate.

“Sometimes these surfaces aren’t conducive to going hard. But well done to them, good opening partnership. In less than 24 hours we’ll try and do it again. [Recent criticism] Tough times don’t last, tough people do. I come each and every time and try to give my 100%. We’re sticking together in the dressing room.”

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