West Indies will look to turn their fortunes around in ODIs as well © AFP
West Indies will look to turn their fortunes around in ODIs as well © AFP

West Indies take on South Africa in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the tri-series at Providence,Guyana. The other team in the series are Australia. The hosts will have a chance to topple South Africa in their own backyard and get off to the best possible start in the tri-series. West Indies have named Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine in their squad to give them the much-needed boost in the batting as well as bowling department. They also have the experience of Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo in their batting line-up, who will have to step up in the series, if West Indies are to put up a good show. Let’s see how the West Indies might line-up against the mighty South Africans. FULL SCORECARD: West Indies vs South Africa, 1st ODI at Guyana

Top-order: Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher will be entrusted to open the batting for the hosts. They will come up against the likes of Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada, who have been in good form for South Africa. Charles and Fletcher did not fare particularly well in the previous series against Sri Lanka and will want to make amends for it. Charles managed to get just one big score, but failed in the remaining two games. Fletcher on the other hand averaged just 3 in the 3 matches played. Stylish left-hander Darren Bravo will walk in at No. 3. He is one of West Indies’ most experienced players and despite a poor run of form, he will look to bounce back with a big score in this match. READ: West Indies players from IPL motivated: Simmons

Middle-order: Marlon Samuels, coming off the back of a match-winning knock in the T20 World Cup 2016 final against England, will walk in at No. 4. Samuels struck a magnificent hundred for West Indies in their previous ODI against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. West Indies went on to lose that match, but Samuels was adjudged man of the match for his effort. Kieron Pollard is back in the West Indies side after a year and a half and he adds the much-needed firepower in the West Indies line-up. He had a decent season for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 with the bat, but failed miserably with the ball. Change in conditions might just might make him bowl a tad better.

Wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin will walk in at No. 6. He played just one match in the previous series against Sri Lanka. He did a fine job behind the wickets for West Indies in the T20 World Cup and after a short break, he will be rearing to go in this match. Ramdin has often gotten West Indies out of trouble batting in the middle-order. READ: Tri-series 2016: West Indies aim to rise above in ODI rankings

Bowlers: Carlos Brathwaite showed just what he can do with the bat in the T20 World Cup final against England, smashing Ben Stokes for four maximums  in a row in the final over of the match to help West Indies win their second title. But his primary role however will be to bowl. He does not possess a particularly good record in the shorter format with both bat or ball, but with a few good performances for his national side as well as Delhi Daredevils (DD), he will hopefully emerge to be a better player.

But the West Indies bowling attack will be spearheaded by Jerome Taylor and skipper Jason Holder. Taylor was belted for a lot of runs and also did not play a single game in the IPL for MI. He is not match fit, but on his day, he is a deadly bowler. Holder on the other hand played a few games for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and put in a decent performance. He will have to rally his troops around well in the entire series. READ: Simmons concedes Australia favorites to win the tri-series

Sunil Narine was one of those bowlers, who did a good job in the series against Sri Lanka. With a remodeled action, he performed well for KKR as well. With the pitch at Guyana expected to be a bit slow, Narine will have to play a key part. He should be supported by Suliemann Benn in the spin department. Barring the semi-final and the final of the T20 World Cup, Benn was economical throughout the tournament, albeit picked up just a couple of wickets.

West Indies Likely XI (Batting Order): Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Jerome Taylor, Jason Holder (c), Suliemann Benn and Sunil Narine.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)