England spinner Liam Dawson took it 0-12 from four overs in the T20 international opener against the West Indies in the first game for his country since 2018; Eoin Morgan’s side crashed out at nine wickets in Barbados after being knocked out for 103; second T20 on Sunday (8.00pm UK time)
Last update: 23/01/22 07:30
Liam Dawson is relishing his T20 opportunity with England in the West Indies after a ‘frustrating’ period on the periphery of the team.
Saturday’s clash with the West Indies in Barbados, in which England were sent off for just 103 and beaten by nine wickets, was Dawson’s first match for his country since 2018 and only his 13th in any format since his international debut in 2016.
The versatile spin bowler – an unused member of England’s triumphant 50-year-old World Cup squad in 2019 – got a rare chance in Bridgetown due to Liam Livingstone’s illness and played cleanly for numbers from 0 to 12 on four overs.
Dawson said: “I think you’re very lucky to be in any England team at any point in your career. You know that’s never taken for granted so to be in the team is still brilliant. You’re potentially just one injury away from playing.
“It’s frustrating at times, but you put that in your mind, train as hard as you can and hopefully you get an opportunity at some point.
“It shows how strong England have been in white-ball cricket, especially with Mo (Moeen Ali) and Rash (Adil Rashid).
“I’m just very happy to have an opportunity here. It’s obviously been a while, but it’s great to have another opportunity. I really enjoyed it.”
England skipper Eoin Morgan lamented his side’s inability to ‘adapt’ as they were heavily beaten in Barbados – the tourists fell 49-7 in 12 overs before Rashid (22) and Chris Jordan (28) only help their team by three figures.
The series continues on Sunday before more games on January 26, 29 and 30.
England falters as ‘everything clicks’ for West Indies
Morgan said: “West Indies dominated the game early on. We lost early wickets, we didn’t seem to adapt well enough to the run, that’s what you have to do when you’re challenged like that with movement and a little bounce.
“We will have to come back [on Sunday] with a new game plan and trying to execute better because I think the conditions have a chance to be very similar.”
Dawson added: “We have another opportunity to learn and get it right and get a win on the board. All the boys will be really excited to get back there.”
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder won an excellent 4-7 from 3.4 overs, including Moeen Ali for a duck and Tom Banton for just four, before home opener Brandon King hit an unbeaten 52 as his team triumphed with 17 balls in reserve.
Holder said: “Everything clicked for us, things went our way and the guys really ran with it.
“I think in the past we probably would have slacked off a bit, but I was really happy to see the guys keep the pedal on the metal and try to finish the innings.”