England will be hoping that a thumping win in the first ODI has presumably set
the tone for the remainder of the series as they clash with West Indies
in the second ODI on Tuesday. Their opponents, on the other hand, will be hoping
to keep the series alive through a victory.
The first ODI ended with a convincing 116-run win for England, thanks to
Ian Bell's superb show with the bat before Tim Bresnan shone with the ball. Bell,
who almost missed out due to a fractured jaw, equaled his career-best on his way
to 126 consisting of 12 fours and a six.
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Captain Alastair Cook expressed joy at the team's performance but will look to
improve his own performance after registering a duck. The other batsmen will know
of their responsibilities in the post-Kevin Pietersen era. James Anderson
and Graeme Swann chipped in with two wickets apiece and the disciplined
bowling unit will be eager to replicate their performance at The Oval.
West Indies entered the ODI series hoping for a turnaround in fortunes but they
were left with more of the same embarrassment that they suffered in the test matches.
A toe injury to Chris Gayle further hampered their hopes of a solid performance.
Captain Darren Sammy looked out of answers at the press conference and
expressed hope that they will put up a much improved showing in the coming matches.
Only Dwayne Smith could put up some resistance with the bat as he scored a half-century
while the rest were guilty of getting in and getting out without going on to score
big runs. The team will wait until before the toss to make a call on Chris Gayle's
The match will be played at The Oval with action getting under way at 9.45am local
time. There is a forecast for slight showers later in the afternoon so the side
batting first will have to keep an eye on the D/L scores.