The 1st game of the West Indies U19 Tri-Series will be played between West Indies Under-19s and England Under-19s at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (1:00 PM GMT) (6:30 PM IST).
This game can be viewed on West Indies Cricket YouTube Channel and on Fan Code in India.
West Indies Under-19s and England Under-19s will face off in the opening match of the U19 Tri-series with the Sri Lanka Under-19s being the 3rd team. West Indies U19 squad consists of a few players who were part of the WI Emerging Players Team which went on to win the Regional Super50 One-Day Cup. They are currently eyeing to finalize their best line-up ahead of the Under-19s CWC. England, on the other hand, has promising names in their squad but have witness major success at this level with those players. The England U19s couldn’t make it to the final of the Tri-Nation tournament played at home against India and Bangladesh earlier this year.
The opening match of this Tri-series could be under clouds from the afternoon with a slight possibility of showers.
The Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua has not hosted a Youth ODI thus far. However, going by the recent One-Day matches hosted by this venue across Men’s and Women’s cricket, we could expect a decent scoring match. The totals here vary between 210 and 280 with the targets below 250 being in the sight of the chasing teams.
Average first innings score: N/A
Record of chasing teams: N/A
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
West Indies Under-19s:
Kimani Melius (C), Leonardo Julian (WK), Daniel Beckford, Antonio Morris, Kevlon Anderson, Nyeem Young, Joshua James, Matthew Forde, Avinash Mahabirsingh, Jayden Seales, Ashmead Nedd.
Bench – Mbeki Joseph, Kirk McKenzie, Matthew Patrick, Ramon Simmonds.
Ben Charlesworth, Jordan Cox (WK), Jack Haynes, Joey Evison, Tom Clark, Lewis Goldsworthy, Dan Mousley, George Balderson (C), Kasey Aldridge, Blake Cullen, Hamidullah Qadri.
Bench – Scott Currie, Harry Duke, George Hill, Luke Hollman, Sam Young.
Kasey Aldridge played only three matches in the home Tri-series earlier this year. In those three games, he took five wickets and also amassed 102 runs including a fifty. Jordan Cox scored an unbeaten century in the only match he played in that Tri-nation tournament. Jayden Seales and Matthew Forde have played six matches apiece at the U19 level taking 17 and 18 wickets respectively. Antonio Morris is averaging 61.5 having scored 246 runs from innings.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Ben Charlesworth, Lewis Goldsworthy, Nyeem Young, Kevlon Anderson
Vice-Captain – Kasey Aldridge, Antonio Morris, Matthew Forde, Jack Haynes
Ben Charlesworth has amassed 300 runs in his last seven Youth ODI innings.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jordan Cox
Batters – Kevlon Anderson (VC), Ben Charlesworth (C), Jack Haynes, Kimani Melius
All-Rounders – Kasey Aldridge, Matthew Forde, Lewis Goldsworthy
Bowlers – George Balderson, Avinash Mahabirsingh, Ashmead Nedd
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jordan Cox
Batters – Kimani Melius, Ben Charlesworth, Antonio Morris
All-Rounders – Kasey Aldridge (VC), Nyeem Young (C), Matthew Forde, Lewis Goldsworthy
Bowlers – Hamidullah Qadri, Jayden Seales, Ashmead Nedd
A lot of players in the West Indies U19 team are known to be playing dual roles. The likes of Kevlon Anderson, Nyeem Young, Joshua James and Matthew Forde have decent numbers with both bat and ball. Hence, these players can be picked smartly and made multipliers.
West Indies Under-19s are expected to edge past the England team.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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