England vs. West Indies: First ODI Preview
England vs. West Indies: First ODI Preview

After being humiliated in the Test series, England have a chance to seek revenge in a format they have been acing since the last World Cup. West Indies have recalled the likes of Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite and Darren Bravo to boost their ODI outfit but it fades in comparison to England's, at least on paper.

England are shaping their World Cup squad and have all but settled on their 15 while Windies are still identifying their best team for the marquee event for which they barely qualified. The two sides are poles apart in terms of recent performance but at home at least, expect the hosts put in a tough performance.

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Wicket-keeper: Jos Buttler (9.5 credits)

A game-changer of the highest order, Buttler is a menacing batsman when in the mood. With the kind of surfaces in the island, expect Buttler to come in earlier to the wicket, which makes this a chance for him to make an impact. He is a must-have in your fantasy team and a potential alternate captaincy option.

Batsman: Joe Root (10 credits)

After a hundred in the final Test, Root has found his confidence back and would hope to carry it into the ODIs where he has struggled to convert those 50s and 60s to big hundreds. At No. 3, Root will play a pivotal role in England's middle-order, but he has some handy spinners and a quality all-rounder to contend.

All-rounder: Ben Stokes (9.5 credits)

Stokes will be an invaluable

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Rohit Sankar
A cricket enthusiast striving to convey the finer details of the game in a capsule. Rohit hopes to present a bird's eye view of the game. He has written for a handful of prestigious websites including Cricbuzz, The Independent, The Hindu, CricketNext, Firstpost and others.
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