The West Indies are set to clash with England in a high-octane five-match T20I series commencing on December 12 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. Following their recent 2-1 victory over England in the ODI series, the West Indies, captained by Rovman Powell in the T20 format, enter the series with confidence. The return of explosive all-rounder Andre Russell further bolsters the West Indies squad, adding a formidable edge to their lineup.
Jos Buttler continues to lead the English side, aiming to overturn their fortunes in the T20I series after a setback in the ODI series. Armed with key players and dynamic talent, England is eager to make a mark in the upcoming T20 format.
The Kensington Oval in Barbados has witnessed a total of 41 T20I matches, with 28 won by teams batting first and 12 by teams defending. The average first innings score stands at 137, while the average second innings score is 122. The highest total recorded at the venue is 224/5 by the West Indies against England. Spinners are expected to find assistance due to the slow nature of the pitch, while seamers will rely on accuracy, given the limited movement.
Considering the conditions and records at the Kensington Oval, the team winning the toss is likely to opt for chasing. The weather forecast for the day promises delightful conditions, with abundant sunshine and no rain expected. The temperature is projected to be around 26 degrees Celsius, with humidity levels at approximately 85% and a gentle wind speed of 19 km/h.
Probable Playing XI for West Indies:
Rovman Powell (c), Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope (vc), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie.
The stage is set for an exciting clash between the West Indies and England, and cricket enthusiasts can look forward to a thrilling T20I series unfolding at the iconic Kensington Oval.