England v West Indies
Date: 09 June 2019
New Road, Worcester
England showed they were ready for the international summer to start on Thursday as they beat West Indies by 208 runs.
England made mistakes and still won by such a margin must be worrying for West Indies who never looked like they had a sniff of victory. They will be keen to put in a better performance though.
England dropped four catches and both Amy Jones and Heather Knight fell in the 90s. The England top order knows the importance of making big scores against the Australians later this summer who won’t be so forgiving.
Players to watch out for
The England opener is in a purple patch that has put some pressure on Sarah Taylor to perform. Jones has stepped up in the absence of Taylor and made that position her own. She has also displaced Danni Wyatt at the top of the order.
Jones will want to get her first ODI ton and there is no better time or place to do so. With Tammy Beaumont opening alongside her, England have the ability to score big.
Much of West Indies hopes rely heavily on the opener in the absence of Deandra Dottin. Matthews took 4 for 57 on Thursday and when batting looked fluid.
England scored 378 for 5 against Pakistan at this ground in 2016. Although they were below par last year against South Africa as Kathrine Brunt top-scored for England. Worcester is a good batting ground and if England bat first they will be looking to go past 300.
Numbers to look out for
Laura Marsh is set to win her 100th cap for England becoming the ninth English women to complete the achievement.
Hayley Matthews needs just 3 more runs to reach 1000 runs in ODIs. Matthews’ teammate Shemaine Campbelle is 9 runs short of that landmark
England: Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor (wk), Heather Knight (c), Nat Sciver, Danni Wyatt, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Marsh, Kate Cross
West Indies: Kycia Knight (wk), Hayley Matthews, Stafanie Taylor (c), Natasha McLean, Shemaine Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Karishma Ramharack