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England have point to prove in Twenty20 against West Indies

England continue their tour of the Caribbean with the solitary Twenty20 International on the itinerary against the West Indies on Sunday at Queen’s Park Oval.

England have a couple of reasons to look forward to the match and the five one-day internationals against the West Indians that follow.

Many of the players on the West Indies side were members of the Superstars selection – financed by disgraced investment banker Allen Stanford – which inflicted a heavy defeat on the tourists last November in Antigua.

Also, this Twenty20 International presents England with their first opportunity to take revenge on the West Indies for their 1-0 defeat in the five-Test series.

England will hope that a number of fresh faces will bring a fresh attitude and the results that have been missing from their travels throughout the cold months.

For England captain Andrew Strauss, there is additional pressure.

Apart from trying to mastermind England success, he personally has a point to prove, having not featured in a one-day international since the World Cup in the Caribbean two years ago, or a Twenty20 international for the last three seasons.

England have recalled all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas while off-spinner Gareth Batty has been added to the squad after Graeme Swann returned home for an operation on his elbow.

A stomach bug has sidelined Paul Collingwood and England will probably keep Andrew Flintoff under wraps before unleashing him, and his injured hip, in the 50-overs matches.

The West Indies have been boosted by the return of all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, following ankle surgery last November which forced him to miss the Super Series in Antigua, the tour of New Zealand, and the Tests against England.

Three other members of the Superstars, who earned collectively close to 20 million dollars from Stanford, have also been included.

Andre Fletcher, Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy will boost the side, while regular captain Chris Gayle will be on the sidelines with the hamstring strain he suffered in the final Test.

The two sides have met each other twice in official Twenty20s, each winning one apiece. England have won six of the 14 Twenty20 internationals they have contested, and West Indies have won three and tied two of their 10.


West Indies (from): Denesh Ramdin (captain), Lionel Baker, Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor

England (from): Andrew Strauss (capt), James Anderson, Gareth Batty, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Steve Davies, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Amjad Khan, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Adil Rashid, Owais Shah.

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