England thrashed by nine wickets as West Indies dominate from first over

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Jason Roy (L), of England, walks off the field, dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell (3R), as Kieron Pollard (2L) and Odean Smith (3L) of West Indies celebrate during the first T20I between West Indies and England at Kensington Oval  - AFP
Jason Roy (L), of England, walks off the field, dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell (3R), as Kieron Pollard (2L) and Odean Smith (3L) of West Indies celebrate during the first T20I between West Indies and England at Kensington Oval - AFP
  • England all out for 103 having been sent into bat by hosts

  • Jason Holder stars with the ball taking four wickets as West Indies dominate

  • Windies batters canter to victory as hosts take 1-0 series lead

You can change the players, the format, the colour of the ball, and even all the coaches too. Only, England’s addiction to collapse remains. Six days after their Ashes campaign had ended in the detritus of losing 10 wickets for 56 in Hobart, England produced a worthy encore: a collapse to 49-7, the prelude to a nine-wicket defeat in Bridgetown.

On a proud day for Barbados - the first international hosted since the country became a republic last November - it was apt that hometown hero Jason Holder, with four wickets for seven, set up the win. Shai Hope, the other Barbadian in the West Indies XI, then helped make sure of it by scoring 20 as the West Indies openers alone reached half of England’s total. Even England’s best batsman on the day hails from the island: Chris Jordan, who top-scored with 28 to lend a patina of respectability to their total of 103.

The only shame was that only a small portion of the crowd - with the Kensington Oval's capacity reduced by half because of the pandemic - were locals, rather than England supporters. While tickets for locals cost half as much as for foreign fans, the cheapest tickets for locals were still US $20: too much, on this evidence, though a winning team should help.

England fans might be numb to the pain of red-ball collapse, but the white-ball game has provided one area in which competence has been assured. Yet it certainly didn’t feel that way as Jason Roy fell trying to heave a low full toss in the first over, Tom Banton and Moeen Ali succumbed driving in consecutive deliveries in the second and then James Vince slashed a Sheldon Cottrell long-hop to cover. Not for the first time this winter, the emblem of England’s woes was a run-out: Liam Dawson attempted a harum-scarum single, was sent back and ended up on his knees. At 39 for six, so were his team-mates.

For Sam Billings, at least, it must have all felt familiar. After making his Test debut in Hobart, Billings took four flights from Hobart to arrive in Barbados on Tuesday night: the sole link, on or off the field, between England’s Ashes tour and their party in the Caribbean. His reward was to walk out at 24 for four after five overs. When he danced down the track to his fourth delivery, and was deceived by a delivery from the impressive Akeal Hosein which ripped past his edge to leave England 29 for five, it meant that England had scored a combined 85 for 15 since losing their first wicket in Hobart six days earlier.

It added up to a distressing way for England to begin their road to this year’s T20 World Cup. Despite a pitch with grass on it, Eoin Morgan, intriguingly, said that he would have batted first had he won the toss. This marks a shift in approach - the last time Morgan chose to bat first was in 2016 - in recognition of England’s relative weakness setting totals, which was seen in their T20 World Cup loss to New Zealand.

Stung by their own failure to come close to defending their crown, the West Indies are attempting a rebuild of their own. And for all the focus upon the need for greater versatility with the bat - the way in which Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran calmly accumulated in the cruise to victory was encouraging - the West Indies’s bowling also struggled in the UAE: they took only 16 wickets in their five games.

Brandon King of West Indies plays a shot during the T20 International Series First T20I match between West Indies and England at Kensington Oval on January 22, 2022 in Bridgetown, Barbados  - GETTY IMAGES
Brandon King of West Indies plays a shot during the T20 International Series First T20I match between West Indies and England at Kensington Oval on January 22, 2022 in Bridgetown, Barbados - GETTY IMAGES

At the Kensington Oval, their opening pair - neither of whom were picked in the initial World Cup squad, with Holder only playing as a replacement - combined to snare four in the opening five overs. Holder was particularly outstanding. He produced a display of, essentially, Test match style new ball bowling on a conducive wicket - bowling just back of a length, and then benefiting from seam movement and unpredictable bounce - that will make him more coveted in next month’s Indian Premier League auction.

Morgan was lucky not to succumb to Holder’s menacing opening spell: the maiden he played out included successfully overturning an appeal for caught behind and being beaten outside off stump every ball. Not until his 20th delivery did Morgan crawl to five; the ball after a six over extra cover had hinted at a return to fluency, he fell to Romario Shepherd attempting a repeat. For England, this torrid evening felt like a repeat of a very different kind.

England humbled again - as it happened

10:58 PM

WEST INDIES WIN BY NINE WICKETS

The first ball of Mills' over is pushed for one into the offside by King and that's the win all done and dusted.

King ended on 52 not out and Pooran on 27.

The bowlers did the damage early on bowling England out for a paltry 103, from then on the hosts didn't put a foot wrong.

10:56 PM

OVER 17: WI 103/1 (King 51 Pooran 27)

Mahmood returns and is greeted by a fantastic cut, using the pace, from Pooran that races to the boundary. King then gets in on the act cutting more powerfully for four in front of square. That brings up the 100. King then gets a single down the ground for his well-deserved 50. Twelve from the over and the hosts need just one more run for the win.

10:51 PM

OVER 16: WI 91/1 (King 45 Pooran 21)

Mills bowls a short slower ball - one of his favourite go-to deliveries - that Kings gets on top off and cuts for a single. Three more singles follow before Kings pulls for two. Six from the over.

Windies need just 13 for the win now.

10:47 PM

OVER 15: WI 85/1 (King 41 Pooran 19)

Rashid has the ball for his final over. Pooran cuts for two first delivery, then two balls later pulls for one to deep mid-wicket. A King singles follows and Rashid ends with figures of one for 21 from his four overs.

This match is meandering to an easy Windies win.

10:43 PM

OVER 14: WI 81/1 (King 40 Pooran 16)

King has a touch of class and he beautifully puts away a late cut for four behind point off Mills. That’s followed up with a single. Pooran then plays out two dot balls before glancing an easy single.

The hosts need another 23 runs for victory.

10:39 PM

OVER 13: WI 75/1 (King 35 Pooran 15)

Pooran plays a violent stroke down the ground for four, a baseball style shot to a long hop from the returning Jordan. Three runs follow before King deals well with a well-executed yorker from the England bowler. Eight from the over and the hosts are cantering to victory.

10:34 PM

OVER 12: WI 67/1 (King 32 Pooran 10)

Morgan turns to Moeen - can his off-spin work wonders? Three runs from the first two balls is followed up with another single - the hosts are cruising to victory and don’t need to take any risks, just wait for any bad ball and push the ones and twos. Seven from the over.

10:31 PM

A jaffa

10:30 PM

OVER 11: WI 60/1 (King 30 Pooran 5)

Two singles from Dawson’s first four deliveries is followed by another single last ball of that tidy over.

10:26 PM

OVER 10: WI 57/1 (King 29 Pooran 3)

Pooran is the new man in and plays a scoop sweep for two down to fine leg. He’s a busy batter and lives up to his reputation straight away. He then scampers a quick single to leg side. A thick edge then gets King two and that’s the over. Five runs and one wicket from it.

10:22 PM

Wicket! Hope st Billings b Rashid 20

That’s a peach of a leg-spinner from Rashid that brings Hope down the ground and beats Hope’s outside edge allowing Billings the easiest of stumpings.

FOW - 52/1

10:19 PM

OVER 9: WI 52/0 (King 27 Hope 20)

Dawson continues and induces another inside edge that avoids the stumps - King the lucky man this time. There are four singles from the first four deliveries before there’s a hint of a chance, the ball falling just short of cover after a poor shot from Hope. Four from the over.

10:16 PM

OVER 8: WI 48/0 (King 25 Hope 18)

England’s pace ace Tymal Mills comes on. Morgan needs a wicket from his 90mph man now. He beats the bat of Hope second ball. Two singles come off the first three deliveries then Mills bowls a slower ball that King cuts on the ground straight to cover.

King then pulls for four between long on and deep mid-wicket. Jordan, such a good fielder, might have done better there and at least saved two. Seven from the over.

10:11 PM

OVER 7: WI 41/0 (King 19 Hope 17)

Dawson continues and appeals for lbw off Hope who was well outside the line. King then gets an big inside edge for two before there’s a single off the last delivery. Four from the over.

10:08 PM

OVER 6: WI 37/0 (King 16 Hope 17)

England desperately need a wicket and Rashid nearly has it as King makes room and gets an inside edge that somehow misses the stumps. Three are three singles before King slog sweeps the spinner into the stands for the first six of the innings - fantastic shot.

10:04 PM

OVER 5: WI 28/0 (King 9 Hope 15)

Dawson’s left-arm spin makes an appearance. Second back King comes down the pitch and hits it just short of Vince at long off. There’s a bit of turn and bounce for the England man, Hope is watchful defending the next couple before making room and hitting down there ground for a risk-free single. Two from the over.

10:01 PM

OVER 4: WI 26/0 (King 8 Hope 14)

Rashid comes on for England - can he get the much-needed breakthrough? Kings hits a single down the ground first up before Hope fails to put away a long hop, pulling for just another single.

King then goes a long way across his stumps looking for a big heave ho to leg. He misses the ball, but the ball misses the stumps and goes for four leg byes. Things are going the hosts’ way and you cannot say they don’t deserve it. Seven from the over.

09:56 PM

OVER 3: WI 19/0 (King 6 Hope 13)

Hope hits Mahmood in the air leg side, but it’s over the in-field and safe - two runs. Hope then plays a delightful shot off his pads for four to deep mid-wicket. That shot was all about timing and Hope at his elegant best.

No alarms so far for the hosts and this is just the start they would have wanted.

09:52 PM

OVER 2: WI 13/0 (King 6 Hope 7)

Jordan not Mills takes the new ball from the other end (surely Mills is the man to take early wickets?) and is greeted with a fine pull from Hope that races away to the boundary. Hope, such an elegant batter when on song, then gets a single next delivery. Roy then stops brilliantly in the gully while being interviewed by BT Sport (England wanted more runs - who knew?). Seven from the over.

09:48 PM

OVER 1: WI 6/0 (King 5 Hope 1)

Mahmood has the ball for England and King is off the mark with a leg lace for four second delivery. There then is a bit of a mix up as the opener wants a quick single but is sent back by Hope - both just about make it back in time. Hope then scampers a a single last ball and it’s six off the first over.

09:44 PM

England are out there and ready to bowl

England need early wickets to have a chance. BUT the Windies batting line-up can be brittle and the tourists bowled their hosts out for 55 at the World Cup in October.

Morgan and Co. have a sniff of a chance, but only a sniff…

09:38 PM

Here are the hosts' bowling figures

Tasty...

Sheldon Cottrell: 2-30

Jason Holder: 4-7

Akeal Hosein: 1-16

Romario Shepherd: 1-25

Odean Smith: 0-4

Kieron Pollard: 0-11

Fabien Allen: 1-10

09:36 PM

Too much red-ball cricket?

Is a joke doing the rounds on social media - can't blame England fans needing a laugh...

09:34 PM

Take a bow Jason Holder

09:31 PM

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water...

What a performance from the hosts - they didn't put a foot wrong to bowl England all out for 103. Jason Holder was the stand-out Windies man, taking four for seven.

Well, it was a different format but there's a familiar sinking feeling for England - that was poor.

09:28 PM

Wicket! Rashid b Holder 22

Holder wraps up the innings with a fullish ball that Rashid tries to scoop - the England man misses the ball and sees his leg stump cartwheel away.

ENGLAND ALL OUT FOR 103

09:27 PM

Wicket! Mahmood c Allen b Holder 5

Holder bowls the last over - he has two for seven from his first three overs - superb. A single comes off the first ball before a dot follows.

Then Mahmood hits a slower ball down the throat of Allen at deep mid-wicket

FOW - 103/9

09:25 PM

OVER 19: ENG 102/8 (Mahmood 5 Rashid 21)

Rashid can indeed bat and hits Allen for four to mid-wicket. The 100 is brought up next ball with a single - England will have some sort of total to defend, at least. Seven runs from the over and Rashid will have the strike for the last set of six.

09:22 PM

OVER 18: ENG 95/8 (Mahmood 4 Rashid 15)

Mahmood plays a delightful shot off his legs to cow corner for two. A single to deep square leg follows two balls later. Rashid then plays a very cheeky late cut for four that doesn’t amuse the bowler, Pollard. The Windies skipper then warns Mahmood who is backing up too far - he could have mankaded him but doesn’t - bravo!

09:18 PM

OVER 17: ENG 87/8 (Mahmood 1 Rashid 10)

After Jordan’s departure Saqib Mahmood comes to the wicket - England somehow need to get to 110…a wicket and three runs from that over.

09:16 PM

Wicket! Jordan c Cottrell b Allen 28

The left-arm spin of Fabian Allen comes on and after three balls he has the wicket of Jordan, who slaps the ball straight to Cottrell at long off.

FOW - 85/8

09:14 PM

OVER 16: ENG 84/7 (Jordan 28 Rashid 8)

Pollard brings himself on to bowl. Rashid gets a single off the first ball. Jordan follows suit two deliveries later. There is just another one off that over.

Three runs off that set of six balls and there are now just four overs to go.

09:10 PM

OVER 15: ENG 81/7 (Jordan 27 Rashid 6)

Cottrell returns to the attack - the hosts keen to break up this partnership sooner rather than later. A dot ball is followed up with a wide before Jordan swipes a single to the offside. A single and two follow before another well-hit six from Jordan this one to deep extra-cover.

The hope will be to get to 110, 120 and try to defend that.

09:05 PM

OVER 14: ENG 71/7 (Jordan 18 Rashid 5)

Rashid can bat (he used to bat at six for Yorkshire) and he gets Jordan on strike with a single first ball. Jordan then hits his second six with a powerful pull off a short Shepherd delivery.

Jordan then hits a full toss straight back at the bowler who cannot grab on to the ball. It was hit with venom and you cannot say it was a dropped catch - if anything Shepherd did well to get anything on it.

The over ends with Rashid pulling finely for four welcome runs - 12 from the over.

09:00 PM

Dire from Dawson

09:00 PM

OVER 13: ENG 59/7 (Jordan 11 Rashid 0)

ordan brings up the 50 with a six off Hosein - it was in the slot and Jordan hit the spinner over his head for a much-needed maximum. Thankfully a wicket doesn’t follow (as it has three times following sixes this evening…) as Jordan pulls for two.

This pari scamper another two and 10 come from the over.

08:57 PM

OVER 12: ENG 49/7 (Jordan 1 Rashid 0)

Another over another wicket - England’s day is getting worse and worse.

08:56 PM

Wicket! Morgan c Pollard b Shepherd 17

Morgan hits Shepherd for two first ball of the over. Two balls later the England skipper hits a six to long off - much-needed runs.

BUT THEN (for the third time this evening) a wicket follows a maximum. Shepherd bowls what looks like a slower ball back of a length and Morgan hits it straight to Pollard at extra cover.

FOW - 49/7

08:52 PM

OVER 11: ENG 41/6 (Jordan 1 Morgan 9)

We’ve been saying this all winter but... just when you think it couldn’t get any worse for England…

That was a hideous way to get out from Dawson - there was never a run there. Chris Jordan comes to the middle. There are two singles from another parsimonious Hosein over.

08:50 PM

Wicket! Dawson run out 2

The worst possible start for England after the drinks break. Dawson pushes Hosein to the offside and sets off for a quick single. He's sent back by Morgan for the understandable reason that there's never a run there. BUT Pollard gets to the ball and has an easy throw to Hope behind the stumps and Dawson is out by a mile.

FOW - 39/6

08:46 PM

OVER 10: ENG 39/5 (Dawson 2 Morgan 8)

Morgan hits over the in-field for a very welcome two off new bowler Odean Smith. A single comes two balls later, a dot and another single follow and whatever they try England cannot up this run-rate.

At the halfway point England have just 39 runs to their name for the loss of five wickets.

08:43 PM

Oh dear...

08:42 PM

OVER 9: ENG 35/5 (Dawson 1 Morgan 5)

Hosein bowls another very tidy, parsimonious over - just the one from it. Did I say, everything is going the hosts’ way?!

08:40 PM

Different format, same feeling

08:39 PM

OVER 8: ENG 34/5 (Dawson 1 Morgan 4)

Romario Shepherd comes on for West Indies, he starts with two wide - welcome runs for the tourists. It's the eighth over but he has a slip - a sign that things are going the hosts’ way. Three singles follow and just the five come off that over. England need runs while not losing any more wickets…This has been an exceptional start from West Indies.

08:35 PM

OVER 7: ENG 29/5 (Dawson 0 Morgan 2)

Another terrible over for England…

08:34 PM

Wicket! Billings st Hope b Hosein

The left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein comes on - perfect time with four wickets already down. Billings pushes a single first ball, two dots and a wide follow before Morgan can push a single to long on.

It then gets worse for the tourists as Billings dances down the track, is beaten in flight and stumped.

FOW - 29/5

08:29 PM

James Vince look away now

08:28 PM

OVER 6: ENG 26/4 (Billings 1 Morgan 1)

Morgan is off the mark with a thick edge that only just evades the hands of second slip - that was nearly a fifth wicket…

Holder is bowling to Billings - he of the air miles - and’s off the mark with a single first ball. Holder is getting good bounce and the England batters are struggling to get him away. Just the two from the over and that's the end of the powerplay.

08:25 PM

OVER 5: ENG 24/4 (Billings 0 Morgan 0)

It's fair to say the first five overs have gone the way of West Indies...

08:24 PM

Wicket! Vince c Bravo b Cottrell 14

Vince goes on the attack - he had to. He hits the first two balls of Cottrell over for four, before failing to put away a wide half-volley.

Fifth ball Vince top edges a bouncer over the wicketkeeper’s head for six. The tourists need these runs and won’t mind how they come.

Then disaster strikes as Vince slaps a long hop straight to the hands of Darren Bravo at extra cover - OH NO…

FOW - 24/4

08:20 PM

OVER 4: ENG 10/3 (Vince 0 Morgan 0)

Holder’s hat-trick ball doesn’t get a wicket but does go past the bat of Morgan. The next two do the same - the second of which is given out for caught behind BUT the England skipper reviews straight away and the replay shows there was no edge and the tourists, thankfully, don’t lose another early wicket.

Holder is bowling well - he's pitching it back of a length and Morgan cannot get bat on ball. There are five dot balls before the sixth again beats the bat. It’s another maiden and not only have England lost three wickets, they are struggling to score any runs.

08:15 PM

Here's the Roy wicket

08:15 PM

OVER 3: ENG 10/3 (Vince 0 Morgan 0)

The good news is that no wickets fell that over, the bad news is that no runs were scored. Cottrell bowls a maiden to James Vince. England well up against it.

08:12 PM

OVER 2: ENG 10/3 (Vince 0 Morgan 0)

That was the last ball of that Holder over - England in deep trouble., They need this experienced pair of Morgan and Vince to stay in for a few overs now.

08:11 PM

Wicket! Moeen c Allen b Holder 0

The very next ball Moeen guides a full one straight into the mitts of Fabian Allen in the gully.

England most definitely in big trouble now.

Holder is on a hat-trick...

FOW - 10/3

08:09 PM

Wicket! Banton c Pooran b Holder 4

Jason Holder is the other Windies opener and he starts with three dot balls. Banton then pushes one down the ground for four - that was elegant and the England man was in complete control. Very next ball Holder gets one to swing away and Banton has a nibble edging behind to Pooran.

Early trouble for England…

FOW - 10/2

08:06 PM

OVER 1: ENG 6/1 (Vince 0 Banton 0)

That was a case of six and out for Roy. James Vince is the new batter.

08:05 PM

Wicket! Roy b Cottrell 6

Jason Roy hit an explosive century in the warm-up match as few days ago, will he serve up more fireworks this evening? First up he gets a full one from Sheldon Cottrell and drives straight to extra cover. The left-armer is a wicket-taking option for the Windies and he starts with four dot balls.

But having been quiet Roy then comes down the wicket and hits a short ball for six to cow corner - a fantastic shot!

But then last ball of the over Roy comes down again, misses a full and is clean bowled.

FOW - 6/1

07:57 PM

The teams are out in front of the stands

And the national anthems have been sung. We're about to get under way.

07:53 PM

Think of Sam Billings…

He had to drive all the way from northern Australia to Sydney to play in the last Ashes Test in Hobart. Then he had to dash from Down Under to Barbados via, Sydney, Los Angeles and Miami and plays tonight.

There are worst places to be than a sunny Barbados, though…

Sam Billings - GETTY IMAGES
Sam Billings - GETTY IMAGES

07:51 PM

Here are the two teams

West Indies: Shai Hope, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (capt), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell.

England: Jason Roy, Tom Banton, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Chris Jordan, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood, Tymal Mills.

07:38 PM

Eoin Morgan speaks...

On losing the toss...

“We were going to bat first anyway…it doesn’t bother us.”

On the young squad out in the Caribbean...

“It’s very exciting. Considering the strong group of payers we have on offer. During the series we’ll see most of the squad get opportunities."

07:35 PM

England will bat first

Having lost the toss.

07:30 PM

England are ready

No bad thing...

07:26 PM

A reminder that...

When these sides last faced each other it was a World Cup group game in Dubai last October, and England won by six wickets having bowled West Indies out for just 55.

Here's the match report from that match.

Adil Rashid and Eoin Morgan celebrate during England thrashing of West Indies last October - GETTY IMAGES
Adil Rashid and Eoin Morgan celebrate during England thrashing of West Indies last October - GETTY IMAGES

07:19 PM

Windies look to the future

Kieron Pollard believes it is time to stop "harping on about the past" and look to the future as a West Indies outfit without Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo prepare to tackle England in five Twenty20s.

Gayle and Bravo are among the two most experienced campaigners in the shortest format but they have been overlooked since the Windies crashed out of the T20 World Cup with just one win in five matches in the autumn of last year.

While Pollard, who is preparing for a record-extending 574th match in all T20s at Bridgetown against Eoin Morgan's side on Saturday, has been retained as white-ball captain, there seems to have been a changing of the guard.

"We have moved on, we can't keep harping on about the past, these guys have done great for us and they're legends in their own right, it's about time we started to focus on what is needed right now," Pollard said.

"I don't think any of the focus is on what we had before, it's about what we can do at present to get better for the West Indies."

Kieron Pollard of West Indies trains one day ahead of the 1st T20i between West Indies and England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - AFP
Kieron Pollard of West Indies trains one day ahead of the 1st T20i between West Indies and England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - AFP

06:49 PM

Preparation for next T20 World Cup starts here

You may be forgiven for seeing the words ‘England cricket international’ and running as far away as possible. But no sooner has the Ashes shambles ended than another series is getting under way.

Fear not, this is a Twenty20 battle against West Indies, and despite the World Cup semi-final exit this England side are still ranked No.1 in the world and very much the team to beat.

Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are all unavailable having played in Australia, while Sam and Tom Curran are both missing through injury. England are still without Jofra Archer, although the 26-year-old is in Barbados to continue rehab after elbow surgery.

Following the last-four defeat to New Zealand in the UAE Jason Roy and left-arm quick Tymal Mills are available - both were injured during the World Cup two months ago.

Today sees the start of the next T20 World Cup cycle with the Ashes absentees creating opportunities for those who have been on the periphery of squads in recent years.

Liam Livingstone will miss out because of an illness not related to Covid but Sam Billings is in contention. It was initially thought he would be unavailable for this weekend's double-header after answering England's SOS for the last Ashes Test but the early finish in Hobart has allowed him to get to the Caribbean with time to spare.

George Garton could make his international bow after being one of a number of this 17-strong largely inexperienced England squad to cut short stints in the Big Bash - which Morgan insisted was the right approach.

When it was put to England's limited-overs captain that playing in the Big Bash might represent better preparation with the T20 World Cup in mind, Eoin Morgan replied: "This takes guys out of their comfort zone a lot more.

"Unless they play in finals or games that go to the wire in the Big Bash, (then) I would agree with you but not many have been close games.

Eoin Morgan of England throws the ball during a fielding drill ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between England and West Indies at ICC Academy on October 22, 2021 - GETTY IMAGES
Eoin Morgan of England throws the ball during a fielding drill ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between England and West Indies at ICC Academy on October 22, 2021 - GETTY IMAGES

"Here will take them out of their comfort zone because West Indies are a very talented side. They bat to number 11 so they will take us out of the comfort zone.

"I think the whole tour, this one, is one where the development of our game is actually more important than the series win.”

The series consists of five matches, all being held at Barbados' Kensington Oval.

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