England vs West Indies LIVE: T20 World Cup latest score and updates

Morgan pleased with Ali form ahead of England’s T20 World Cup campaign

Follow all the action as England begin their T20 World Cup campaign against reigning champions West Indies.

Eoin Morgan’s side will attempt to banish the woes of 2016 when Carlos Braithwaite hit four monstrous sixes in the final over to vanquish Ben Stokes and complete a tremendous chase. “It’s definitely going to be in the back of their minds. For us to be in that situation and get over the line, it shows that sort of never-say-die attitude,” said West Indies captain Kieran Pollard, who missed the final due to injury five years ago. “I thought what Carlos did in those four deliveries in that last over, it’s unbelievable. It’s something that as a team we actually saw last night and it brought goosebumps back to us.”

Morgan has kept his cards close to his chest over his team selection, with plenty of scrutiny on the captain himself due to his poor recent form, and England can afford few slip-ups in a tricky group. If they can prevail in spin-friendly conditions in Dubai, though, and add the T20 World Cup to their ODI crowd, Morgan will go down as one of cricket’s great captains. “The name of the country on the shirt is irrelevant really when it comes to a World Cup,” he said of the task in front of his team. “You need to prove your worth through performance.” Follow all the latest updates below:

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What better way to begin?

Now England vs the West Indies may not be the first match of the fully-fledged group stages (more on that shortly) but it is rightly the centrepiece of an outstanding opening day. The finalists from five years ago meet again as the holders of the two major international white-ball trophies, two sides who have so evolved their game and would rank right among the finest in this format’s reasonably short history.

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is our venue this afternoon as some of T20’s biggest stars get ready to glitter under the glare of the Emirati lights.

Harry Latham-Coyle23 October 2021 14:09

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What better way to begin?

Now England vs the West Indies may not be the first match of the fully-fledged group stages (more on that shortly) but it is rightly the centrepiece of an outstanding opening day. The finalists from five years ago meet again as the holders of the two major international white-ball trophies, two sides who have so evolved their game and would rank right among the finest in this format’s reasonably short history.

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium is our venue this afternoon as some of T20’s biggest stars get ready to glitter under the glare of the Emirati lights.

Harry Latham-Coyle23 October 2021 14:09

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Five and a half years later…

It’s here. There are few times you can accuse the powers that be of making us wait for high-class cricket, such is the nature of a crammed calendar, but this men’s T20 World Cup has taken its time to arrive. It is five and a half long years since Ian Bishop’s immortal commentary heralded Carlos Braithwaite’s hoist to seal twin triumphs for the West Indies in India but finally, finally, the tournament proper has arrived.

And how it is overdue. The last five years has seen Twenty20 cricket boom exponentially, entirely new leagues on sometime unfamiliar shores starting, fizzing, and failing. The sport’s strategy has evolved, entire gambits having been both uncovered and figured out since Braithwaite’s towering blows: pinch-sloggers; darty part-timers in the powerplay.

We’ve had two shifts of venue and a year’s delay, a change of name and new nations making their mark. After a thrilling final set of qualifiers, the group stages in the United Arab Emirates have belatedly begun.

Harry Latham-Coyle23 October 2021 14:04

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T20 World Cup: England vs West Indies

We’re around an hour away from the match getting underway and it promises to be an exciting one – here are the latest odds:

Harry Latham-Coyle23 October 2021 14:04

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England begin T20 World Cup campaign against West Indies

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as England begin their T20 World Cup campaign against reigning champions West Indies.

It promises to be a thrilling match and England will be desperate to wreak revenge after falling short in a dramatic 2016 final when Carlos Braithwaite hit four successive sixes to complete a nail-biting chase.

Harry Latham-Coyle23 October 2021 10:48

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