England opt to field first in 2nd ODI

BRISTOL: England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to field in the second one-day international against the West Indies here on Sunday.

England gave a debut to former Ireland international Eoin Morgan.

The Middlesex left-handed batsman has qualified for his adopted country on residency grounds and the 22-year-old was given his chance in the middle order after Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of this three-match series with an Achilles tendon injury.

Morgan, a county colleague of both Strauss and fellow England batsman Owais Shah, played against the West Indies for Ireland during the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.

England wicket-keeper Matt Prior was set to take Pietersen's place at number three in the batting order.

Ian Bell and Ryan Sidebottom were the men left on the sidelines by England, who this year beat the West Indies 3-2 in a one-day series in the Caribbean.

West Indies chose Ravi Rampaul ahead of fellow fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who played in both matches of England's preceding 2-0 home Test series win.

The tourists also welcomed back Dwayne Bravo after the all-rounder's stint in the Indian Premier League with the Mumbai Indians.

This series is still all square at 0-0 after Thursday's opener at Headingley was washed out without a ball being bowled.


England: Andrew Strauss (capt), Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior (wkt), Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson

West Indies: Chris Gayle (capt), Lendl Simmons, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wkt), Darren Sammy, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Ravi Rampaul

Umpires: Asoka de Silva (SRI) and Peter Hartley (ENG)

TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)

Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)