England’s tour of the West Indies commences on Tuesday with a 50-over game against the University of West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI in Antigua.
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25
Start time: 13:30 GMT
Live on: Not available to stream
Weather: According to AccuWeather, it promises to be a sunny and warm day with temperatures reaching 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit).
England’s tour of the West Indies serves a dual purpose, allowing them to try out some less experienced players while warming up for the ICC World Twenty20 that starts in March.
It has been a testing time for England after a traumatic tour of Australia, where they won just one international game out of a possible 12 in all three formats.
Now the team travels to the Caribbean and is led by Stuart Broad, with Alastair Cook rested for the One Day Internationals and some new players introduced.
The uncapped trio of Moeen Ali, Harry Gurney and Stephen Parry may make their debuts in international cricket on this tour, while others will see this as a chance to hit form.
They join youngsters like Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Chris Jordan in an exciting squad that is yet to find the results and consistency they desire.
In this game, England face a team selected by the Vice Chancellor of the University of West Indies, an institution that is rare in that it contains a Centre for Cricket Research.
UWI’s team contains three players who have played international cricket—Adrian Barath, Devon Thomas and Chadwick Walton—and is otherwise made up mostly of players who have limited experience in domestic cricket.
University of West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI (from): Steven Jacobs (capt.), Nicholas Alexis, Adrian Barath, Jonathan Carter, Kyle Corbin, Miguel Cummins, Akeem Dewar, Paul Palmer, Raymon Reifer, Dawayne Sealy, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton.
England (from): Stuart Broad (capt.), Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Stephen Parry, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.
The most capped international player in the Vice Chancellor’s XI is Adrian Barath, and he will be looking to have an impact and possibly force his way back into West Indian plans.
Barath is an enormously talented batsman and will want to assert himself against England’s bowlers.
Seam bowler Chris Jordan has taken well to international cricket and was one of England’s brightest spots on their tour of Australia.
Showing the ability to swing the ball and trouble any batsman, Jordan may well find himself a regular in international cricket if he continues his impressive start.