Bairstow offered opening chance

18 September 2017 09:48:08 EST

Jonny Bairstow will get the chance to cement his place when he opens the batting for England in the first one-day international against the West Indies.

Bairstow made 43 when he took the place of the out-of-form Jason Roy for the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final clash with Pakistan earlier this summer, and will get a chance to make an opening spot his own in the five-match ODI series against the Windies.

He will open with Alex Hales and this is an opportunity to make the opening position his.

Eoin Morgan

Skipper Eoin Morgan confirmed ahead of the series opener at Old Trafford on Tuesday: "We feel Jonny deserves a chance, he's been waiting in the wings for quite a while.

"He will open with Alex Hales and this is an opportunity to make the opening position his.

"We feel it's the right time to make a change. Jonny has been in fantastic form for some time now and has never let us down, regardless of the role we have asked him to play."

Bairstow can be backed at 10/3 to be top England batsman on Tuesday in Manchester, with Hales available at 11/4 and Test captain Joe Root priced at 3/1.

Meanwhile, Windies skipper Jason Holder is looking forward to having Chris Gayle back in the ODI fold for the first time in more than two years.

The explosive 37-year-old left-hander is joined by Marlon Samuels and Holder expects Gayle to make a major impact.

He told reporters: "It's obviously a huge boost with the calibre of player Chris is. We can expect some really good things from him.

"He showed some form in the T20 and the Caribbean Premier League. He seems upbeat, up for the challenge and really happy to be back."

Gayle, 3/1 to be top West Indies batsman on Tuesday, made 40 as the tourists won the only T20 international by 21 runs on Saturday evening.

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