A captivating curtain-raiser is on the horizon as West Indies and England gear up for the first match of their three-game ODI series on Sunday, December 3. The battleground for this showdown will be the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, promising an exhilarating display of intense cricketing action.

England are in pursuit of a revival in the ODI format after a disappointing outing in the 2023 ODI World Cup. Similarly, the West Indies, having missed out on qualification for the world event, are determined to start fresh and make a statement.

ODI Stats and Records at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium Cricket Stadium

  • Total matches: 35
  • Matches won batting first: 17
  • Matches won bowling first: 17
  • Average first Innings scores: 227
  • Average second Innings scores: 195
  • Highest total recorded: 322/6 (50 Overs) by Australia vs West Indies
  • Lowest total recorded: 105/10 (37.3 Overs) by West Indies Women vs England Women
  • Highest score chased: 276/5 (48.3 Overs) by West Indies vs Sri Lanka
  • Lowest score defended: 168/7 (35 Overs) by West Indies Women vs New Zealand Women

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Sir Vivian Richards Stadium Pitch Report

The playing surface at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium strikes a harmonious balance between favouring both batsmen and bowlers, necessitating players to navigate diverse challenges. Despite the assistance batters receive from the track, amassing runs is no easy feat, especially considering the anticipated impact of spin bowlers in the latter stages of the match.

Consequently, players are required to methodically construct their innings, demonstrating patience and precision in executing well-timed shots. In light of these considerations, the team winning the toss is inclined to choose to bat first, with the strategic objective of establishing a formidable target for the opposing side.

Antigua Weather Forecast

Antigua Weather Forecast
Antigua Weather Forecast (Image Source: Twitter)

The weather forecast for Antigua indicates a promising outlook, characterized by clear skies interspersed with occasional clouds and no precipitation expected. The humidity level is projected to be around 80%, and the temperature is set to be a pleasant 26 degrees Celsius, providing a comfortable backdrop for the players.

WI vs ENG, Probable playing XI

West Indies: Brandon King, Kjorn Ottle, Alick Athanaze, Shai Hope (c), Keacy Carty, Shimron Hetmye, Romario Shepherd, Yannic Cariah, Alzarri Joseph, Oshane Thomas, Gudakesh Motie

England: Jos Buttler (c), Zak Crawley, Harry Brook, Phil Salt, Ollie Pope, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Brydon Carse, Tom Hartley, John Turner, Gus Atkinson

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