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Englan win toss, put Windies into bat

England stand-in captain Graeme Swann won the toss and put West Indies in to bat in the first Twenty20 international at the Oval on Friday.

cricket Updated: Sep 23, 2011 23:06 IST

England stand-in captain Graeme Swann won the toss and put West Indies in to bat in the first Twenty20 international at the Oval on Friday.


Swann is in charge of the Twenty20 outfit whilst regular captain Stuart Broad recovers from injury and led a young side onto the field as the world champions start the build-up to the defence of their crown in Sri Lanka next year.

Jonny Bairstow, who made such an impression with his match-winning innings in the final one-day international against India in Cardiff last week, was handed another chance as the English selectors ponder their squad for the upcoming one-day tour to India which will be named next week.

Middlesex pace bowler Steve Finn was also given an opportunity at the expense of James Anderson and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes was also included.

The West Indies has been weakened by the lucrative Champions League in India which has claimed Dwayne and Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul and Adrian Barath.

They are also without leading batsman Chris Gayle and spinner Sulieman Benn who are still at loggerheads with the West Indies Cricket Board.

But their absence gives the likes of Chris Barnwell, Johnson Charles and Derwin Christian a chance to catch the eye of coach Ottis Gibson who was once involved in the England set-up.

This is the first match of a two-game series, the sides meet again here on Sunday.