The 5th 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.
The West Indies Under-19s and England Under-19s will be facing off for the 3rd time in this Tri-Nation Youth ODI series. The two teams won one game apiece when they faced off last week. However, the 3rd team of this competition, Sri Lanka, got better of both the teams over the last two days. This helped the Asian team to climb up to the top of the points table despite playing a game less than the other two. The match on Thursday will be a crucial one as it will be the last meeting on West Indies and England in the league stage.
There is a great chance of this match between West Indies and England get troubled by the rain due to a slight possibility of showers.
The Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua has been a low-scoring venue and runs came hardly even during the shortened match on Wednesday. As the game between West Indies and England on Thursday is the last at this venue, we might not see any major changes in the nature of the pitch.
Average first innings score: 157 (Unaffected Youth ODI matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
West Indies Under-19s:
Kimani Melius (C), Mbeki Joseph, Leonardo Julian (WK), Kirk McKenzie, Kevlon Anderson, Matthew Patrick, Nyeem Young, Matthew Forde, Jayden Seales, Ashmead Nedd, Ramon Simmonds.
Bench – Antonio Morris, Daniel Beckford, Joshua James, Avinash Mahabirsingh.
Dan Mousley, Ben Charlesworth, Jordan Cox (WK), Jack Haynes, Joey Evison, Tom Clark, Lewis Goldsworthy, George Balderson (C), Kasey Aldridge, Scott Currie, Hamidullah Qadri.
Bench – Blake Cullen, George Hill, Harry Duke, Luke Hollman, Sam Young.
Leonardo Julian is the only player to score a fifty in this tournament across England and West Indies teams. Kasey Aldridge played only two matches thus far and took 7 wickets with help of a 4-wicket haul. Skipper George Balderson has 8 wickets to his name from 3 games which include a 4-fer. Nyeem Young has picked up six wickets and also can add few runs if required.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Nyeem Young, Kasey Aldridge, Leonardo Julian
Vice-Captain – Lewis Goldsworthy, Matthew Forde, George Balderson
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Leonardo Julian (VC)
Batters – Dan Mousley, Tom Clark, Kimani Melius
All-Rounders – Kasey Aldridge (C), Matthew Forde, Lewis Goldsworthy, Nyeem Young
Bowlers – George Balderson, Jayden Seales, Ashmead Nedd
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Jordan Cox
Batters – Kimani Melius, Ben Charlesworth, Dan Mousley
All-Rounders – Kasey Aldridge, Nyeem Young (C), Matthew Forde, Joey Evison
Bowlers – George Balderson (VC), Matthew Patrick, Ashmead Nedd
Having won only one of the three matches played, both West Indies and England would be treating the match on Thursday as a crucial one going ahead in the tournament.
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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