West Indies bowl first, Reece Topley in for England


Liam Livingstone remains unavailable for England, who were again asked to set a target

Toss West Indies chose to bowl vs England

West Indies sought to repeat the trick in the second T20I in Barbados, inserting England at the toss once again 24 hours after their new-ball bowlers had exploited conditions perfectly to set up a thumping nine-wicket win.

Kieron Pollard stuck with an unchanged team, and urged them to back up the emphatic performance that put them 1-0 up in the five-match series. “That has been one of our biggest challenges over the years, trying to replicate and do the same things over and over,” he said. “Sometimes success is boring. You have to do the same things over and over to try to be consistent.”

The second game in successive days at Kensington Oval was being played on a fresh pitch, with England again tasked with early reconnaissance with the bat. There had been some showers in Barbados earlier in the day but no interruptions were expected.

“The challenge is going to be adapting to conditions, which we didn’t do well yesterday,” England captain, Eoin Morgan, said.

England made one change to their XI, bringing in Reece Topley for his first T20I appearance since the 2016 World Cup, in place of fellow left-armer Tymal Mills. Allrounder Liam Livingstone remained unavailable having been unwell in the build-up to the series.

West Indies: 1 Shai Hope (wk), 2 Brandon King, 3 Nicholas Pooran, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Kieron Pollard (capt), 6 Jason Holder, 7 Fabian Allen, 8 Romario Shepherd, 9 Odean Smith, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Sheldon Cottrell

England: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Tom Banton, 3 James Vince, 4 Moeen Ali, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Sam Billings (wk), 7 Liam Dawson, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Saqib Mahmood, 11 Reece Topley

Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick

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