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England in WI 2009: Strauss v Gayle
Andrew Strauss and Chris Gayle will be the opposing skippers on this tour

England have been back to the Caribbean twice since 2004 - but with little success on either occasion.

A poor performance at the 2007 World Cup hastened the departure of coach Duncan Fletcher, while the $20m winner-takes-all Twenty20 game in Antigua in 2008 - bankrolled by Sir Allen Stanford - finished in a humilating 10-wicket defeat.

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Since returning from India in December, both coach Peter Moores and captain Kevin Pietersen have departed - leaving Andrew Strauss as the new skipper.

Although both are left-handed openers, Strauss and new West Indies captain Chris Gayle are contrasting cricketers.

Strauss, the "safe pair of hands", is often dubbed "posh" by his team-mates, and these days is more of a careful accumulator of runs than a thrilling risk-taker.

Gayle, from Jamaica, is one of the most explosive hitters in the game - but is often described as a "laid back" character, even by his own official website.

But who will prevail this time?

Gallery compiled by Mark Mitchener

see also
England in West Indies 2009
29 Dec 08 |  England

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