West Indies ODI squad v England 2009
Chris Gayle (captain)
One of the most destructive openers the game has seen, Gayle strikes fear into bowlers the world over. He has developed into an impressive captain and led West Indies to a one-day series win in England two years ago. He has since taken on the captaincy of both sides and played a major role in defeating England in the Stanford Super Series match in Antigua with an unbeaten 65 off 45 balls.
Ruled out since last November with an ankle injury, he is most likely to make his return against England in this one-day series. He has developed into an international-class all-rounder since making his debut against England in 2004 and has been badly missed during his time on the sidelines. He is capable of scoring runs in the middle order and his variety of pace remains a potent weapon.
He has built his reputation as the hardest batsman in the world to dismiss in Test cricket, but is an equally impressive competitor in the limited-overs arena. He arrives in this series in good form, having hit an unbeaten century against Pakistan and 94 against New Zealand in his last four ODI innings. Notoriously a slow starter, he is more than capable of clearing the boundary when the time is right to accelerate.
Edwards enjoyed a stunning start to his ODI career with six wickets on his debut against Zimbabwe six years ago. He has a sling-shot bowling action reminiscent of Australia’s Jeff Thomson and is West Indies’ quickest bowler. He enjoys bowling against England and claimed a five-wicket haul at Lord’s in 2007 having been deemed surplus to requirements at the World Cup earlier that year.
Findlay is a left-handed batsman who won a surprise call-up to West Indies’ squad last year for the home series against Australia despite showing modest domestic form. He performed well enough to keep his place for the next two major series, although his only innings of note was an unbeaten half-century in his second match against Australia.
His success against England in the Stanford Super Series match, hammering 32 not out off 31 balls in an unbroken 101-run opening partnership with Gayle, may persuade the West Indies selectors to give him another opportunity to display his attacking brand of strokeplay. His success in that match earned him a call-up into the one-day squad in the recent series against Australia and he is expected to be given further opportunities in this series.
Marshall is an exciting batting talent, although he is yet to really establish himself at ODI level. He demonstrated his capabilities with an unbeaten 157 against Canada last year, but is yet to play a significant innings against a major team. He is also an electric fielder, which may help in his selection for the series against England.
The left-arm spinner broke into the one-day side last year for the home series against Australia and has kept his place in the line-up ever since after claiming Michael Clarke as his first international victim.
Recalled after a two-year absence last year to feature in three ODIs against Canada last summer, Mohammed was also part of the Stanford Superstars squad which competed against Trinidad, Middlesex and England last October. He is a useful lower-order batsman and chinaman bowler, and could feature as a back-up spinner.
Australia-born but qualified for the West Indies through his Jamaica-born father Paul, Nash was persuaded to play his cricket in the Caribbean after his failure to secure a new contract with Queensland Bulls. Fast-tracked into the Test and one-day sides, he has developed into a determined batsman in both forms of the game.
Pollard is another of the Stanford Superstars team to have made the progression into one-day international cricket. A useful middle-order batsman and medium-pacer, he is one of a number of younger players expected to be given his chance in the series against England. He scored a century on his first-class debut, off only 71 balls.
Powell has firmly established himself in West Indies’ one-day side as a useful seamer and a lower-order batsman capable of delivering occasional runs. He proved his ability with the bat by helping secure a draw in the third Test against England in Antigua and enjoyed the series in England during West Indies’ one-day success in 2007.
The wicketkeeper is yet to really establish himself at one-day level. He has scored only two half-centuries in 59 ODIs, although his recent form with the bat in Test cricket, when he made his maiden hundred, suggests he does have the ability to score runs down the order.
One of the mainstays of West Indies’ one-day line-up during the last nine years, Sarwan is equally capable of playing an aggressive role or help to consolidate. He averages more than 40 in ODIs and led the side before injury gave an opportunity for Gayle to take over. He scored a superb century in a losing cause at Barbados during the last one-day series against England in the Caribbean and has been scoring them for fun in the recent Tests.
He has developed into a quality strike partner for Fidel Edwards since first emerging as a fast bowler of great promise in 2003. England will need no reminding of Taylor's threat after his explosive burst sealed victory for West Indies in the first Test at Sabina Park, although he failed to maintain those standards during the remainder of the series.