Davies keeps the faith

England v West Indies
Steven Davies

Steven Davies top-scored for England with 27 in their Twenty20 defeat on Sunday

England are determined to make amends for Sunday's disappointing Twenty20 display when the one-day series begins on Friday, according to wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Davies.

The first two matches of five - the second is on Sunday - are at the Providence Stadium just south of Guyana’s capital, Georgetown.

On arrival in Guyana yesterday, the squad conducted a two-hour brainstorming session into what went wrong at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday when they were dismissed for a lowly 121 in 19.1 overs and allowed West Indies to secure an emphatic triumph with two overs to spare.

"There have been some harsh words," admitted Worcestershire's Davies, who marked his international debut by top-scoring with 27 off 21 balls on Sunday.

"We had quite a good meeting yesterday for a couple of hours and thrashed things out. We've learnt from Sunday and we're going to take that into the 50 overs game."

Sunday's six-wicket defeat was England's 13th international game this winter without success and they have not beaten another international team since overcoming South Africa by seven wickets in a one-day international at the Brit Oval last August.

It prompted stand-in coach Andy Flower to admit England were feeling the pressure of attempting to end that run, and Davies, who is on his first senior international tour, has underlined the desire in the squad to turn their fortunes around.

"The boys are hurting at the moment," he said. "It's not nice losing quite a few games of cricket, but all I can say is that we will be doing something about that.

"The nets have been going well and I think it's just a matter of time before things turn around. We've learnt a few lessons from this Twenty20 game and we've got to take that into Friday's game."

The tourists face an even bigger challenge on Friday with West Indies expected to welcome back captain Chris Gayle, who has been sidelined since the final Test a week ago with a grade one hamstring tear.

Gayle, ranked as the third best one-day batsman in the world by the International Cricket Council, was named in their squad for the opening two matches in the series and should strengthen their batting line-up considerably.

Ravi Bopara & Fidel Edwards

Ravi Bopara and Davies scored 25 in the first 3.1 overs but England could not maintain the momentum

England, meanwhile, have several selection options to consider - not least which opening pair will be given the opportunity to exploit the powerplays during the opening 10 overs.

Essex's Ravi Bopara, who was given the role in the 5-0 hammering in India before Christmas, partnered Davies on Sunday and they got off to a flier by racing to 25 in 3.1 overs, although England were unable to build on that promising start.

Sussex wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior could also be considered at the top of the order instead of Davies, although he struggled in that role in India and batted at number eight and nine by the end of the series.

"One of the good things that came out of Sunday was that we had two young guys opening the batting for England," enthused Flower.

"There was the wicketkeeper Steve Davies, who did really well in his first game, and we had Bopara, who is a classy looking player with a high ceiling.

"It was nice to watch those two open the batting for England and taking advantage of those powerplay overs is fundamental."

Davies earned his call-up into England's one-day squad following impressive domestic seasons for Worcestershire in the NatWest Pro40 format over the last couple of summers and is eager to get his chance to play at the top of the order in the 50-over international game.

"I've done it for Worcester for the last couple of years and I've had success at the top of the order, so I'm comfortable doing it and it's all I know, really, so there's no extra pressure," he added.

"I enjoy doing it. For me it's the best time to bat. I think my game is suited to the top of the order when I can use the pace of the bowlers to hit over the infield and try and pierce the gaps."

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