WI v Eng, 2nd T20: Power-hitting is a big problem for England's batsmen

Tourists surrender series after failing to launch into Windies bowlers...

Last Updated: 13/03/14 1:41pm

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England's batsmen must learn to batter their World T20 rivals into submission, says David Lloyd.

Jos Buttler blasted 67 but could not save the tourists from a five-wicket defeat to the West Indies in the second T20 international in Bridgetown after they slipped to 26-3.

The West Indies overhauled England's 152-7 with seven balls to spare to condemn the visitors to a fifth consecutive Twenty20 defeat, following their 3-0 loss to Australia this winter, and claim an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

Lloyd told Sky Sports that despite the best efforts of their bowlers, England were scuppered by a power shortage.

Problem

"England were outhit in the end but at 18 overs both teams had 136 each so they were right in the game - the bowlers, the fielders had done well," said Lloyd.

"Power-hitting is a big problem for the England players - whereas they see the size of some of these West Indies lads come in and the in-fielders in the 30-yard circle just stand and watch the ball sail over their heads.

"England will look back at their batting and realise they were 20 runs short - not five or 10 - on a great pitch with a short boundary one side. If you get 175-180, the West Indies aren't getting them.

"Someone like Marcus Trescothick or Matthew Hayden would have set off against Krishmar Santokie, who bowls medium pace and nothing more, when he set off!

"You've got to come forward to him whereas our batsmen were sitting back. Look at where he gets his wickets - he hits the stumps and gets lbws."

Gem

Buttler and Alex Hales (40 off 36) were forced to repair the damage after Michael Lumb, Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan all fell for single figures inside the first five overs.

Lancashire's Buttler belted five fours and three sixes in a 43-ball knock that was interrupted by a 45-minute rain break and Nick Knight told Sky Sports that England must replicate his invention and offensive stroke-play from the top of the innings.

"I thought England were more than 20 short - I thought 200 was probably more like par on there," said Knight.

"Eoin Morgan said it in his interview - England are just struggling to get themselves off at the start of an innings. They keep losing wickets and then that puts pressure on them to rebuild in overs six to 12 and then they lose their way a little bit.

"Buttler played a gem of an innings, he really did, and the good sign is that Hales has got some time at the crease and that will help him move forward into the next game and the World T20s.

"I think it is about power but it's about confidence as well. We come and watch these guys practice and they just whack it out of the ground.

"They've got all the power. I'm not sure they've got the confidence when it comes to a game situation to leave the crease and express that.

"Maybe the management need to get into their ears and say 'right, go out there and do express yourselves because you can do it'. Something might just be holding them back."

Strength

Santokie finished with figures of 4-21, while skipper Darren Sammy saw his side across the line with an unbeaten 30 off just nine balls and Knight said that the West Indies seem to have all bases covered ahead of their defence of the ICC World T20 title.

"The run-chase did get tight and with three or four overs to go England would have felt that they've got a chance," the former England opener reflected.

"Then in walks Darren Bravo and Darren Sammy and it's game over with an over to go. You look at their depth as a huge strength."

He added: "Quite clearly the West Indies will miss Kieron Pollard because he's a wonderful player but they've covered it pretty nicely against an England side that is playing reasonably poorly.

"Sunil Narine was injured for this game and we're saying that England even then are 20-30 light, so they've got lots of bases covered."

Watch the third and final T20 international between the West Indies and England live on Sky Sports 2 from 5.30pm this Thursday.

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