Ben Stokes: Eoin Morgan says England right to rest all-rounder for T20


"I was a child of the 2005 Ashes and I think that is still the best series of cricket ever", said Buttler ahead of England's five-match one-day global series against Windies. It will be played at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.

"We've definitely played in warmer conditions!" said Brathwaite, who revealed his plans to watch Manchester United take on Everton on Sunday before he returns home.

Durham chief executive David Harker told BBC Newcastle: "We're encouraged to get people in this part of the world interested in cricket and having Ben here playing for England would have been the icing on the cake".

England, however, have taken the controversial decision to rest him from Saturday's clash.

'It was so bad and I asked the guys if they want to trudge on or call it a day.

"It might be the best chance in that calendar to give him a week off and recharge the batteries".

The embattled Brathwaite formalised the result with three balls remaining when he went past Liam Plunkett's ugly swipe and bowled the England fast bowler to cap one of his better bowling performances in maroon since he was controversially elevated to captain previous year.

He did not play in the three T20s against South Africa because he was released to play for Durham in the inaugural round of day-night County Championship matches.

England have, of course, been vastly improved in this sphere and lie second in the ICC World Rankings but have still only won half of their T20 games in the current calendar year (three from six) and in 2016 (five from 10); figures which again suggest they are not worth supporting at 4/6.

The match is his only involvement on the tour. They needed to beat the Irish as well as also defeat England at least 4-1 in the upcoming five-match series starting next week.

Pictures on social media showed part of the floor had collapsed as fans watched the global game at the Emirates Riverside ground in Chester-le-Street, Durham.

"I'm enjoying batting with Evin", said Gayle.

Willow Tv will telecast the game in the US.

A lovely full swing of the bat launched the ball straight or over mid-wicket.