38th over: West Indies 2oo-8 ( Joseph 12, Motie 6) Joseph brings the 200 up with a coltish pull to the rope, and is owed another with a cracking straight drive that is stopped by Atkinson in his follow through
“Crawley standing tall,” writes Adam Roberts, “Can he do any other?”
37th over: West Indies 195-8 ( Joseph 8, Motie 6) A richly-deserved wicket for Rehan Ahmed who has fizzed and spat dangerously all afternoon.
Goes for the big one but hasn’t accounted for Crawley standing tall at long on.
36th over: West Indies 188-7 (Shepherd 19, Joseph 7) Shepherd isn’t giving up on nothing. Three boundaries in a row off Livingstone: a couples of paddles behind, and a cover drive. A snappy dive by Ahmed prevents another, before Shepherd ushers the fifth to the rope.
In other news, an interesting selection decision by the Kiwis:
35th over: West Indies 172-7 (Shepherd 2, Joseph 7) Seven from the over including six shrunk to two when Crawley leaps to take a catch but, when he realises he’s going to carry it over the rope, throws it back into play in mid air.
34th over: West Indies 165-7 (Shepherd 2, Joseph 1) Three for Livingstone, and West Indies in danger of not batting out their overs here.
It’s the big one! Livingstone claps his hands and chuckles in delight after Hope plays back at a legbreak and his bails leap free.
33rd over: West Indies 163-6 (Hope 68, Shepherd 1) Buttler brings back the fizzing Ahmed, to try and rattle through the tail. Three from it and they take drinks.
32nd over: West Indies 160-6 (Hope 66, Shepherd 0) I didn’t have Livingstone down as the middle-order destroyer.
Cariah prods tentatively, like a someone going through the flower bed with a hoe hoping not to find a dead mouse, misses the ball completely and is bowled.
30th over: West Indies 157-5 (Hope 62, Cariah 4) Cariah off the mark with a pull for four, off an otherwise clever over from Curran.
30th over: West Indies 152-5 (Hope 62, Cariah 0) A super partnership of 129, both sensible and savage in moments, that has brought West Indies back into the game, comes to an end. Can England make the most of this splinter in the line-up, or will Hope usher Windies onward?
Whipped, but not high enough, and Salt, at cover, collects with both hands at waist height. Rutherford can’t believe it.
29th over: West Indies 148-4 (Hope 62, Rutherford 60) With this partnership building nicely for West Indies, Buttler goes back to his early destroyer, Sam Curran. Not the best start with a no-ball, but the free hit is a yorker that skids past leg stump. Hope whistles four through the off side.
“Loving all this undiluted Hope,”writes Robert Wilson. “During the highlights of the last game, I noticed that the bold Shai’s got a touch of Lara in his stroke-play (particularly straight where his drives seem almost cruel) and a dash of Viv in his attitude (an almost somnolent hubris). He’s got a bit to go in both senses. Lara was a ridiculous miracle of player but it’s even harder to match Richards, the only human being in history to make arrogance subtle and entirely lovable. Still a delight.”
“Where’s your dog? We need more dog content.” Dog is next to me on the sofa. I signed up to a free dog treat sample so she has a doggy protein bar to eat later. Who knew?
28th over: West Indies 139-4 (Hope 56, Rutherford 58) With fifty safely in his breast pocket, Rutherford licks his lips at Livingstone, and smacks him for two fours: one through the covers and one over long on.
27th over: West Indies 130-4 (Hope 55, Rutherford 50) David Gower is in rhapsodies about Ahmed “subtle changes of pace and flight. Incidentally – today’s spell has been 77 percent legspin, 30 percent googly. Ah, and five dots are followed by a whopping great six over midwicket.
26th over: West Indies 124-4 (Hope 55, Rutherford 44) Time for some Liam Livingstone, who throws a full toss into the mix but gets away with it. A fumble in the field turns one into two.
Desperate times for my daughter who has left most of her clothes at university and is having to rifle through my wardrobe for inspiration before she goes out. I think I can hear the sighs through the floorboards.
25th over: West Indies 119-4 (Hope 54, Rutherford 40) Just four singles off Ahmed, who has already whistled through five overs for 17. If West Indies keep going at this rate, they’ll end up with 238.
24th over: West Indies 115-4 (Hope 51, Rutherford 38) Another cracking innings from Hope, who brings up his fifty with a dab off the pads from Carse and off just 45 balls.
23rd over: West Indies 110-4 (Hope 48, Rutherford 37) A absolute zinger of a last ball from Ahmed completely beats Rutherford who is aiming to dispatch him out of the ground. Ahmed pulls 70 faces of disgust.
22nd over: West Indies 105-4 (Hope 47, Rutherford 33) It looks hot out there. And so chilled. Can you remember what it feels like to slip into the shade to cool down? Rutherford, a silver cross dangling off his chain, defends the last ball of Carse’s over, and just three from it.
Hello Tom VD Gucht. “The Curran haircut simile brought to my mind a memory of Rob Smyth commenting that Steve Harmison was veering into Johnny Hates Jazz territory and laughing out loud at rhe screen of my computer. What I found less amusing was the discovery, following a Google search, that this was from a ODI in 2005 and the sad realisation that I’m possibly wasting my life with the amount of time dedicated to OBO’s and cricket in general.” But ask yourself Tom, on your deathbed, are you really going to regret the amount of time you spent reading the OBO? (maybe don’t answer that)
21st over: West Indies 102-4 (Hope 46, Rutherford 32) Excellent from Rehan Ahmed again. Bubbling intent: this is not a young man going through the motions.
20th over: West Indies 100-4 (Hope 45, Rutherford 31) Carse for Jacks, off that exhausting looking run-up, and immediately he regains the control that Jacks had temporarily lost. The second fifty comes up off just 44 balls.
19th over: West Indies 98-4 (Hope 44, Rutherford 30) Ahmed is a great shirt fiddler: collar, then sleeve, then hem. He tosses the ball from hand to hand and in he hastens, with barely a breath between deliveries. Four from the over, Rutherford successfully reading the googly.
18th over: West Indies 94-4 (Hope 42, Rutherford 28) Hope ushes one away on the leg side for four, and then a selection of fairly easy singles. Jacks not looking very threatening so far – though watch him now take five for 10 in his remaining spell.
17th over: West Indies 85-4 (Hope 35, Rutherford 26) Rehan Ahmed with his busy wristy stuff, all extended back leg and zippy loop. Just two from it.
“Evening Tanya, evening everyone,” Hello Tom Hopkins!
”Just to make sure I understand the reference following John Starbuck’s helpful clarification, we’re saying Sam Curran is moving along the Wisp to Cruet spectrum? Is anyone Evil Edna in this analogy?”
16th over: West Indies 83-4 (Hope 34, Rutherford 25) A costly over from Jacks after a short ball is splattered by Rutherford and rather helped on its way by the fielder on the rope, and the next gets just what it deserves. They pause for DRINKS, with West Indies having made a good recovery.
15th over: West Indies 72-4 (Hope 33, Rutherford 15) Carse runs through his delivery stride with his second ball – that’s a long extra walk there and back in the sun. Then, off a ball that isn’t a gimme by any means, Hope muscles a short-armed jab for six over the rope. A no ball brings a free hit – behind the stumps, Jos Buttler’s mouth is the straightest of straight lines. Ah, the no ball is a wide. We go again – and its a single. Shai Hope joins the big boys in the fastest to 5000 runs in ODIs club: Babar Azam, Hashim Amla, Viv Richards and Virat Kohli.
14th over: West Indies 60-4 (Hope 25, Rutherford 13) Jacks zips through another over, including a great bit of fielding to prevent the run.
13th over: West Indies 57-4 (Hope 22, Rutherford 13) Carse has a tattoo which grows like a vine from his wrist all the way up his sleeve – hoping it bursts into flower somewhere around the armpit. Hope picks up a single from a handsome pull and four down the ground after Livingstone does a good impression of a damp dishcloth at mid-on. On comms, they are wondering if Carse is deliberately varying his seam angle with each ball or if he doesn’t yet have full control.
12th over: West Indies 49-4 (Hope 16, Rutherford 11) So after ignoring Will Jacks in the last match, Buttler beckons him over for the 12th. A touch of turn, and some quick singles. So, does anyone have their tree up yet?
11th over: West Indies 45-4 (Hope 13, Rutherford 10) A closely-cropped Carse starts with a half volley, gets away with it, but is tonked for four off his second by Rutherford. Rutherford finishes the over by nearly chopping onto his stumps.
10th over: West Indies 41-4 (Hope 13, Rutherford 6) England’s trousers are definitely quite tapered in this iteration of the coloured kit. No flapping flares here. Ooof – a near miss for Rutherford: we watch as Atkinson sends a scrambled seam down the pitch, and Rutherford cuts – inadvertently? – and the ball bounces just before slip before zipping down to the boundary. Super bowling here and a fruitful power play for England.
This is a nice chat with Reece Topley:
9th over: West Indies 36-4 (Hope 13, Rutherford 1) Rutherford, watchful, but gets his single from the last ball with a late cut.
8th over: West Indies 35-4 (Hope 13, Rutherford 0) Time for Atkinson to get some treatment as Shai Hope tries to pull back the initiative: three gorgeous straight drives for four – though Atkinson does rough him up a bit in between.
Read all about England’s defeat of India in the Women’s T20 in Mumbai.
7th over: West Indies 23-4 (Hope 1, Rutherford 0) From zero to hero, with a just a couple of dips in the Caribbean sea in between.
“Good evening. Don’t know if you are aware of this, or just misinterpreting children’s TV programmes, but the term is ‘Will-o-the-Wisp’, hence the character’s TV moniker. And while I’m at it, Motie doesn’t have a goatee. He might have a goatee if his beard was entirely below his chin, though. Everybody gets this one wrong and only smart-arses like me put them right.”
And a begrudging good evening to you John Starbuck! Yes in the back of mind I did know it was Will-o-the-wisp, and yes I also watched a lot of Willo the Wisp in the 80s. Half past five on a weekday?
Curran appeals full throatedly as Hetymeyer sticks his pads down the wicket. The umpire isn’t convinced, and nor is Buttler but I think he goes for the review because Curran is in one of his golden arm phases – and sure enough it is out! Curran is mobbed and this West Indies innings is heading in a southerly direction.
Bounce, line, length, a one legged slip catch, and suddenly all is dandy in Sam Curran’s world. He punches the air and roars, exchanging nodding glances with Buttler.
6th over: West Indies 22-2 (King 17, Hope 0) Just a leg-bye and a single off the long n lean Atkinson.
5th over: West Indies 20-2 (King 16, Hope 0) An injection of much-needed self-belief for Curran who had delivered a couple of soggy jammy doughnuts earlier in the over, one of which is thrashed for four by King, another well stopped by Brook.
Glorious catch! A two-handed flying clutch by Crawley at slip which nearly knocks him over in its speed.
4th over: West Indies 15-1 (King 11, Carty 0) Atkinson does well to escape punishment from his first ball which is wide and inviting as a slice of stollen at quarter to four on a December afternoon. But the fourth is a stunner to which Athanaze has no answer.
A beauty zips through Athanaze, grazing his glove and landing with Buttler on the dive. The ump says not out, but Buttler reviews, and off he must trudge.
3rd over: West Indies 13-0 (Athanaze 3, King 10) King waits for the wide one, which comes with Curran’s fourth ball, which he drives through the off side for four. A couple from a tickle down the leg side and a forward defensive to finish things off.
2nd over: West Indies 6-0 (Athanaze 4, King 2) On the money from Atkinson straight away, with a first ball that jigs away from Athanaze. And so the over continues, with just a single off it.
1st over: West Indies 5-0 (Athanaze 4, King 1) Curran, in England royal blue, stretches and standing leaps at the top of his mark. He’s not quite the willow the wisp he was at the beginning of his career, but still cuts the same small, bustling figure. His first ball drifts away from Athanaze, who lets it by. Samuel Badree is on comms with the ubiquitous Gower, and tells us that “the breeze from left to right will help Curran with his away swing to the left hander.” One boundary from the over, when King leans into a wide one and flicks it away, just beating the chasing fielder.
The sun is out, the ground is parched and Sam Curran (it is he) is marking out his run.
Catch up here:
David Gower – who orchestrated the toss today – spoke to Rehan Ahmed, who bowled so well in the first ODI. He’s smiling broadly. “It came out nicely, I could bowl not as well as that and get more wickets. I only bowled five or six googlies in the last match which is unusual for me, working on the legbreak – a little bit of side spin now.”
And on brother Farhan Ahmed, who was today named in England’s U19 World Cup party“I was very proud of him, he’s doing very well.”
It’s a scorcher in Antigua today, so don’t be surprised if only the shaded areas are full for the first couple of hours. Both of the main stands have big areas at the back of the lower tier where you can stand and watch, enjoying the shade and breeze. England are unchanged – I thought they might bring Turner in, but I can understand the desire to back the bowlers who were clumped around the ground on Sunday and may be better for the experience – “You win or you learn”, as Eoin Morgan always said. Besides, Turner’s perhaps dazed after being hit on the head by a ball tossed in his direction by Harry Brook in training yesterday.
West Indies: (unchanged) Brandon King, Alick Athanaze, Keacy Carty, Shai Hope (c, wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Yannic Cariah, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Oshane Thomas.
England: (unchanged) Phil Salt, Will Jacks, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c, wk), Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Brydon Carse, Rehan Ahmed, Gus Atkinson.
Jos Butter gets lucky again with the coin, and this time chooses to bowl first: “I think the wicket is going to play pretty similarly and we fancy a chase today. We played a lot of really good cricket and just couldn’t quite close it off. Take the learnings into today. Most of cricket is about execution, a big breeze in this ground … which we have to use.”
Hello from a dark, cold and tinsel-tarted UK. Over in Antigua, all is bright hot and ready for the next white-ball revolution. The English car stalled at the first attempt on the weekend – though it would probably be fairer to say that West Indies got out of the blocks first.
The English performance was much brighter and more bushy-tailed than the sad-eyed efforts in India. A record ODI total at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium, some sprightly fielding, it was just the final nine overs where things went awry as the West Indies tucked into Brydon Carse and Sam Curran – collecting the remaining 101 runs with seven balls to spare.
West Indies were very happy with their performance – especially Shai Hope’s 16th ODI hundred, finished off with three sixes off Sam Curran– though they won’t want Phil Salt and Will Jacks to get quite such a sparkling start.
Play starts at 5.30pm GMT, the toss follows shortly.