Change of strategy from Kieron Pollard. It is a used strip, the same as for the third T20I (when Rovman Powell went bananas), so might well slow down further as the day goes on. “Today’s a virtual final,” says Pollard, “runs on the board adds a bit of pressure in the second half of the innings.” Darren Bravo and Dominic Drakes go out of the XI for West Indies, with Fabian Allen and Odean Smith back in. Moeen says he would have bowled first anyway. “We chase well, we’re happy chasing,” he says, adding that England “can take a lot of confidence” from leveling the series on Saturday. One change for England: Saqib Mahmood replaces Mills.
West Indies vs England Highlights today, 5th T20I (D/N), Sunday 30-1-2022 – England tour of West Indies from Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.
West Indies win the toss and bat first.
West Indies team: 1 Kyle Mayers, 2 Brandon King, 3 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 4 Rovman Powell, 5 Kieron Pollard (capt), 6 Jason Holder, 7 Fabian Allen, 8 Odean Smith, 9 Romario Shepherd, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Sheldon Cottrell.
England team: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Tom Banton, 3 James Vince, 4 Moeen Ali (capt), 5 Liam Livingstone, 6 Sam Billings (wk), 7 Phil Salt, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Saqib Mahmood, 11 Reece Topley.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies: LWLWL
Match Timings: 20:00 GMT | 16:00 Local
Umpires – Gregory Brathwaite, Nigel Duguid
TV Umpires – Patrick Gustard
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Leslie Reifer
Match number – T20I no. 1457
Post Match presentation.
“It’s wonderful. Every single one in that dressing room, we rallied together. Every time we won a game there was something against us but we came out and rallied. Empty vessels make the most noise. The guys have worked tirelessly after coming from Jamaica, and we’ve bounced back pretty well. We understand what we want to do as a team, and we saw the results tonight. [Slow down in middle overs] This was virtually a final, when you bat first and put runs on the board, you get 10-15 runs, too, because of the pressure as well. We know in the last four overs we can capitalise. Powell came in and gave us that impetus. Akeal getting that early wicket… Brandon had a great series at the top of the order, Jason Holder getting wickets, Odean Smith coming in after everything that has been said. I thought it was a total team effort.”
Holder is also the Player of the Series:
“There’s a lot of hard work. An area I need to improve is my death bowling and variations. I’m improving in the nets, and the captain has confidence in me. That does a lot for my confidence. People are seeing what I can do and giving me the responsibility. I feel really good about my role, I’ll pass on the peripheral noise. Every time I step on the field it’s about what I can deliver for the team. Full confidence and thanks to the management staff for giving me this role. Thanks to the ECB and England, they’re tremendous players and good people. Looking forward to having them out here and giving them a good experience. Look forward to seeing the Barmy Army during the Test series, may the better team win.”
Jason Holder is Player of the Match:
“Classic finish, not the best of starts but just trying to stay in the game. Total opposite to [yesterday], not starting well but being able to finish. Pride myself on [not bowling] no-balls, pleased with how I came back, bowled a dot ball next up, and then they had to go at it with wickets in hand. Nothing to lose on their part but plenty to gain on mine. Pumped up for the moment, I love playing at Kensington Oval. We have the best fans in the world. Want to thank the England fans as well for coming out. The atmosphere is electrifying.”
“I thought WI were the better team and overall we didn’t adopt that well, but we played some good cricket and it was a very good series. [Death bowling] That’s something we’re working on, I thought they played some amazing shots towards the end. We’re trying to find solutions and we will get better, and some of our other guys come back. The new ball comes on nicely and then when it gets older [it got harder]. But they were very smart, the smarter of the two teams. It was a great series, a great spectacle, but disappointing not to win. It’s been great learning, these conditions we’ve struggled in, we want to get better going forward. Good to see younger guys coming in, Toppers with the new ball and Rash throughout the series was fantastic. It’s great to do it, but there’s Jos as well, obviously. I don’t really think about that too much.”