About the Match
It’s official. The West Indies will now have to play a qualifying tournament to try and be a part of the next 50 over World Cup. It's probably the lowest of the lows for a team that has one of the most storied histories in all of the game but that is a whole different story.
The second match of the series will be played at Trent Bridge. Can the West Indies lift themselves up after a truly horrific performance in the first match or will England just run riot once again?
The only time that England would have felt threatened was when Chris Gayle started to hit the ball out of the park with ease. That did not last too long and England was able to choke the run rate after to keep the West Indies to a middling total.
The biggest gain for England in this match was Jonny Bairstow. He may not seem like a natural opener but you have to hand it to the man, he just keeps on scoring runs whenever he gets the opportunity and there is no way to look past that.
Alex Hales looked in great touch before getting out against the run of play and looks likely to make amends for that sooner or later. None of the England batsmen looked like getting out, to be honest, and that is something that will probably continue for the rest of the series.
The only concern might be with Eoin Morgan’s form who had a poor NatWest Blast and looked out of sorts in the first game as well. At the number 4 position, Morgan is vital to the team’s fortunes and he would be looking to sort his form out sooner rather than later.
In Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes, England has three quality all-rounders that are capable of turning the game in both forms of the game and that is what makes them so difficult to beat.
The return of Chris Gayle, the win in the T20 international and the fight shown in the test match rekindled some romantic notions that the West Indies was making a resurgence but their performance in the first game shattered that illusion.
Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, in particular, are physically unfit to play the longer formats of the game. Gayle at least tried to keep scoring runs when he was in the middle but Samuels just played the most baffling innings where he seemed more intent on winning his personal battle with Stokes rather than doing anything productive.
His innings lost West Indies all the momentum that Chris Gayle and Shai Hope had built up and even some energetic batting by Jason Holder at the end was not enough.
The West Indies need to wake up and realize that this brand of ODI cricket is outdated. No other team in the world plays more dot balls per ODI game since the 2015 world cup than the West Indies. This same thing gets masked in T20 cricket because of their boundary hitters and the compressed nature of the game which provides urgency to their innings.
Maybe if England batted first and then the West Indies had a target to chase they would be better able to pace their batting effort.
The bowling was also a huge letdown but that was always going to be expected. Kesrick Williams took two wickets but is not going to scare any opposition batsmen while Jerome Taylor lacked the consistency to really attack the batsmen.
Bishoo got some turn and Nurse was stable but this is not a strong bowling attack by any means.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at Nottingham is one of the best for batting and should provide an ideal surface for the power hitters in both teams. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is pretty poor at the moment and could lead to a reduced game/washout.
A shorter game will improve the chance of a West Indies win and so keep an eye on that but at the moment we have no choice but to back England as the winner.
England to win