And there is another country that I heard about a long time ago. It’s called England, and it’s actually quite good at cricket – perhaps because it’s in the capable hands of an Irishman.
Hello, good evening and welcome to a new chapter in the history of English cricket. The ball is white, the game is short, the sea is green, the hosts are West Indies, the captains are Kieron Pollard and Eoin Morgan and there is a completely different cast from the Ashes – with the possible exception of Sam Billings , who took four flights to get from Hobart to Bridgetown. If picked tonight, his challenge will be to Partey as if he has any idea what time it is.
While England are still top of the ICC rankings despite not reaching the T20 World Cup final, West Indies have gone from world champions in 2016 to tenth in the rankings, behind Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Over the past year, they have played 22 T20 international matches and won just nine of them, while England have won 11 of 17.
That said, the West Indies are still pretty good at home, where eight of those nine wins have come – including four in a triumphant streak against Australia six months ago. And Morgan is without many of his regulars, from Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow to Jofra Archer. So my considered opinion is that this game could end in victory for either side.
The game starts at 4pm local time, 8pm GMT, and the forecast is good – the Met Office app promises both the sun and the moon, to make up for the missing stars. Join me around 19:35 GMT for draw and team news.