Eng vs WI, 1st T20I, London - Cricket Live Score and Streaming
The English season continues, at least for another three days. These two matches against West Indies weren't on the schedule until August when it became clear that TV agreements had to be met, following the collapse of the Stanford deal. So the visitors are making a quick stop in the UK on their way to Dubai and finally Bangladesh.
If you look hard enough there is actually some value to the games other than monetary. The World Twenty20 takes place in Sri Lanka a year from now and international fixtures in the shortest format are few and far between. It's not just spin (well, not all of it anyway) when the players say extra games aren't a bad thing. Meanwhile, ticket sales for the matches have been good, especially considering the time of the year, which suggests the public want to watch a successful England team, regardless of context.
Neither side, however, is at full strength and in West Indies' case they are barely a second-string side. A combination of contractual disputes and the Champions League means a host of new faces in the squad, although Darren Sammy is there as captain while Fidel Edwards, Marlon Samuels and Devendra Bishoo make the trip.
England's plans for the short series have been hampered by injury with both the captain, Stuart Broad, and vice-captain, Eoin Morgan, ruled out which means Graeme Swann becomes the fifth leader of the season and sixth of the year. It does, though, offer a chance to have a look at a few more new players following the success of Jonny Bairstow in the final ODI against India. Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Alex Hales all have an opportunity to impress in these autumn outings. They might just need to wear a few layers of clothing.
England (possible) 1 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Ravi Bopara, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann (capt), 10 James Anderson, 11 Jade Dernbach
There is a suggestion that Dwayne Smith will open the batting, which will rely heavily on the experience of Marlon Samuels. Garey Mathurin, a late call-up to the squad, could debut on his birthday.
West Indies (possible): 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Miles Bascombe, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Danza Hyatt, 5 Nkruma Bonner, 6 Derwin Christian (wk), 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Andre Russell, 9 Garey Mathurin, 10 Devendra Bishoo, 11 Fidel Edwards