England wheel out their big guns for West Indies series


England had one hand on the trophy until a last over where, in a superb display of clean hitting, Brathwaite struck four successive sixes off rival all-rounder Ben Stokes in Kolkata in May a year ago.

Brathwaite, now West Indies Twenty20 captain, was in the middle of an 8,000-mile round trip for this match alone after not being selected for the Test and one-day worldwide legs of the tour.

"This was probably the more challenging of our recent wins", said West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite speaking to Sky Sports "Conditions were soft and slippery, the umpires were close to calling it off actually".

Brathwaite said: 'It was bad and I asked they guys 'you know do you want to trudge on or do you want to call it a day?'

That gave England the edge at the halfway stage and their hopes improved further when opener Alex Hales began the reply with a blistering 17-ball 43.

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West Indies captain, Jason Holder, has rued the washed out One-Day International (ODI) against Ireland on Wednesday, which robbed the Caribbean side of valuable match practice ahead of the upcoming five-match series against England.

Joe Root (17) and captain Eoin Morgan (two) went in quick succession as England faltered.

It was the highlight of a West Indies career which has yielded just three Test and 23 one-day global appearances for Brathwaite to date.

The hosts' bowlers had pegged West Indies back from 106-1 after 10 overs with Adil Rashid taking 3-25.

Gayle has not represented the Windies in the longest format of the game since 2014, as the West Indies Cricket Board quarrelled with him and other players that have focused on franchise Twenty20 cricket.

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Allegri was not too downbeat following the loss however, saying: "I don't think we're going to have a problem". Paulo Dybala scored a brace in that first leg, and "La Joya" has been in fine form already this season.

Saturday saw Lewis threaten another big score while making fifty off 26 balls, including six fours and three sixes.

But July saw him return to West Indies duty in a Twenty20 worldwide against India in Kingston.

The Trinidadian, however, was out soon afterwards when he drove Plunkett straight to England Test skipper Root at mid-off.

Gayle (40 off 21) blasted four maximums at Emirates Riverside to take his tally to 103 in 52 matches, putting on 77 with Evin Lewis (51 off 28) for the first wicket as Windies posted 176-9.

The 37-year-old has remained part of the Windies' powerhouse T20 team, winning the World Twenty20 last year, and will make his first one-day worldwide appearance since March 2015 in the upcoming series with England.

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