News day / The Oval outfield was badly affected with persistent rainfall on Monday night and Tuesday morning due to the passage of Tropical Storm Bret. There was a persistent drizzle at the venue yesterday afternoon and the forecast for today is cloudy, with a 22 percent chance of rain.
However, the hosts will be hoping that the rains stay away, as they seek to overturn a poor run of form in 2017, with only two victories in nine ODI matches.
With fast bowler Shannon Gabriel ruled out with a side strain, pacer Miguel Cummins or Kesrick Williams will likely partner Alzarri Joseph with the new ball, with Ashley Nurse and/or Devendra Bishoo providing the spin options for the hosts.
But it is with the bat that the West Indies may need improvement as they have struggled badly on home soil against England, Pakistan and Afghanistan during the year.
India, who were thrashed by 180 runs in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in London, England last Sunday, will be looking to put aside an off-field controversy involving captain Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, who resigned as the team coach on Tuesday citing a strained relationship with the number one ranked ODI batsman.
Windies captain Jason Holder, speaking to the media before yesterdays practice session at the Queens Park Oval, commented, The team morale is very good.
The guys got a chance to refresh and were happy to get outside. We made full use of it. Looking ahead to the challenge which will be posed by India, Holder said, Once we do the correct thing and execute our plans, we have a good chance of defeating India. Well start the series in Trinidad and we want to get off the mark. Asked about the issues affecting the visiting camp, Holder made it clear, Thats not a concern for me.
Weve got to focus on the West Indies and whats best for us. At the end of the day, weve got to deal with our own problems. The second ODI will be con tested at the Queens Park Oval on Sunday.
Squads: WEST INDIES: Jason Holder (capt), Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell, Devendra Bishoo, Ashley Nurse, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins, Kesrick Williams.
INDIA: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav.
Struggling Windies face India today
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