WI v Eng, 1st T20: England must come up with a better plan against spin, says Marcus Trescothick
Tourists' inability to adapt is a worry with World T20 so close...
Last Updated: 10/03/14 9:42am
Stuart Broad's side suffered a 27-run defeat to West Indies in the first match of their best-of-three series, mustering only 143-9 in reply to the home side's 170.
Ravi Bopara (42) and Tim Bresnan (47no) did show some flair but England looked largely hapless against spinners Samuel Badree (3-17), Marlon Samuels (2-21) and Sunil Narine (1-8), who claimed combined figures of 6-46 from 10 overs.
"It wasn't an ideal performance, I think it's probably fair to say," reflected Trescothick. "England didn't really cope with the spin - the figures for the West Indies were very good and England never really adapted.
"The main concerns are that England aren't reading what's going on with the pitch and not judging it and playing it when they get the opportunity - but I didn't think it was going to spin as much as it did.
"In my time when I played there it's always been a good pitch with the ball going through and I think England probably looked at it in the same sort of fashion.
"Once you lose two or more wickets in that first six overs of power-play, the stats show that you really do struggle to post or chase a target down.
"England have got to come up with a better plan and they've got to get more people batting for longer periods of time to build a good score.
"That's going to be their challenge going forward for the next few weeks."
England's woes were compounded by news that skipper Broad will miss the remaining two games of the series due to a recurring knee injury.
The tourists are already without Eoin Morgan (knee) and Joe Root (broken thumb) and while Broad says he will be fit to play in the World T20, he is likely to need surgery at some point on his patella tendinitis.
Defending World T20 champions West Indies are not without their own concerns as Narine is due to have a scan on a knee injury.
But otherwise all-rounder Kieron Pollard - currently out injured himself - says the hosts can feel proud of their day's work.
"It was an almost near-perfect performance," he said. "There were just a couple of blemishes in the field but having said that it was a good all-round display.
"The guys batted well and then they came out and defended the total really well; when West Indies took the pace off the ball England didn't have a clue.
"They were just trying to play straight through the line of the deliveries and the ball wasn't coming onto the bat.
"But I guess that if they'd looked at how their bowlers had bowled I would have thought they'd been aware that the West Indies have a couple of spinners and that the plan would be to take pace off the ball."
Watch the second Twenty20 international between the West Indies and England live on Sky Sports on Tuesday from 6pm on Sky Sports 2.