I’m certainly not convinced they can, but then nothing would surprise me with this team at the moment.
A couple of plus points for England are that they played at this ground against South Africa, so should be familiar with it and that West Indies are equally as unpredictable and on their day, as totally useless as England can be.
So it could be a case of which England and which West Indies decides to turn up on the day. 150 all out plays 140 all out, or 295/6 plays 296/7, who knows what these two will produce.
I’ve just read Derek Pringle’s piece in the Daily Telegraph and see he has the team down to be a probable Strauss, Bopara, Trott, Bell, Morgan, Prior, Wright, Yardy, Bresnan, Swann, Tremlett or Shahzad (if fit).
It’s interesting that he sees England dropping Anderson whether Shahzad is fit or not. I would have thought Shahzad’s illness would have given Anderson a reprieve.
I really hope that Pringle is right though, as Anderson has become a liability in ths tournament.
The other possible big name omission is Paul Collingwood, again what has he done lately to justify inclusion? Although there is a strong argument that he would still be more effective than Luke Wright.
Personally I would like to see Tremlett included no matter who’s fit or not. Judging by the condidion of the pitch against South Africa, Yardy has to play, although if he can’t get the ball to turn on this one he should be provided with some walking shoes and swimming trunks and made to make his own way home to England.
Off Strauss, this could possibly be his last game in the 50 over side. I know that the ECB have denied he will quit after the world cup, but from Strauss’ point of view, it’s hard too see what could motivate him to carry on in this side.
My motivation for keeping him for the time being, would be the lack of a suitable replacement. Who is there? I read somewhere the other day that Alastair Cook would become the 50 over captain should Strauss step down. I really can’t see that one working.
Hopefully Strauss has another captain’s innings left in him for tomorrow at least.
No TV for me either as I’m out all day driving, so I am relying on Aggers and Test Match Special to get me through the day, probably better not to be watching.
Also no bets, God knows who will win this one. There is more chance of predicting the winner of the toss, than the match.