England vs West Indies: UK start time of T20 World Cup 2021 cricket match, team news - and how to watch on TV

England will play West Indies in their first competitive T20 World Cup match

England will take on current Champions West Indies on Saturday 23 October 2021

The International Twenty20 World Cup started on Monday 18 October with the first round of group stage qualifying matches.

Ireland’s Curtis Campher has already made T20 World Cup history by taking four wickets in four balls and Scotland currently lead their group having won their first two matches against Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea.

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England will play their first competitive group stage match this weekend against the current Champions of T20, the West Indies.

England have had two warm-up matches so far, losing to India in the first but winning against New Zealand in their second.

England have had two warm up matches so far. They lost one and won the other

The West Indies have also played in two warm-up matches but have lost both. Pakistan beat the West Indies by seven wickets, while Afghanistan took the victory on Wednesday 20 October by 56 runs.

Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming cricket match between England and West Indies.

When is England v West Indies?

The match is on Saturday 23 October 2021.

What time is the England v West Indies match starting?

England v West Indies will start at 3pm BST.

Where is the England v West Indies match taking place?

England will play West Indies at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

How to watch England v West Indies on TV?

All of the T20 World Cup matches will be available to watch through the Sky Sports Cricket channel.

NOW TV day passes are also available for those who do not have Sky. The prices start at £9.99/day.

The International Cricket Club website also offers short clips and highlights of all the matches.

When did England last play the West Indies?

The last time these two teams faced each other in a T20 World Cup was at the 2016 final. England batted first and Joe Root scored 54 runs off 36 balls to help England to 155/9. Jos Buttler was the next top scorer, making 36 off 22 balls.

Carlos Brathwaite was the pick of the West Indian bowlers taking the wickets of Root, Buttler and David Willey for 23 runs.

Carlos Brathwaite hit Ben Stokes for four sixes in the final over to win the 2016 T20 World Cup

West Indies’ cricketing hero Chris Gayle was caught by Stokes off Root for four runs but then out came Marlon Samuels who was unbeaten on 85 off 66 balls. Brathwaite also hugely contributed to the scorecard by hitting the final sixes and stealing the match for the West Indies.

The match was very much hanging in the balance until the final over. Ben Stokes was the nominated bowler and West Indies needed 18 runs off six balls. At six feet three inches, stood at the crease and hit four sixes securing the win for the West Indies.

What is the team news for England?

Liam Livingstone has been deemed fit enough to play in England’s opening match after a minor injury scare on Monday.

The Lancashire all-rounder dropped Ishan Kishan out in the field, severely bruising his finger and there was a momentary panic that he would be the fourth English player to be out of the tournament due to injury. However, on Tuesday 19 October the medical team declared him fit enough and he played in England’s second warm-up match against New Zealand on Wednesday 20 October 2021.

Eoin Morgan, the T20 captain, has recently been out of form and has not ruled out dropping himself if his bad run continues. He currently has a T20 average of 11.71 for England in 2021 and only had an average of 11.08 for the Kolkata Knight Riders during this year’s IPL.

Eoin Morgan has been out of form recently and would drop himself if his bad run continues

Possible team: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

What is the West Indies team news?

The West Indies have suffered a severe blow after Fabian Allen was recently ruled out of the competition due to an ankle injury. Allen is currently 17th in the rankings for all-rounders. He has a T20I bowling average of 27.05 and a batting strike rate of 138.88 and would have been a firm contender for the title of the world’s greatest fielder if he had been able to participate in this year’s T20 World Cup.

Allen has been replaced in the 15-man squad by Akeal Hosein. Hosein has since been replaced on West Indies’ reserves list by Gudakesh Motie.

Possible team: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Andre Russell, Hayden Walsh, Kieron Pollard, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy, Ravi Rampaul.

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