England's necessary opening gambit
It was a match which could have passed by without attracting a huge amount of attention.
But for an England selection committee that has never settled on even one explosive batsman at the top of the order since Marcus Trescothick began his international exile - let alone a pair of them - it provided evidence they could not afford to ignore.
The match in question was an England warm-up ahead of two Twenty20 internationals against Pakistan in February in the United Arab Emirates. The opponents were England's own second-string, the Lions.
Jonathan Trott had ended up opening England's innings almost by accident. So wonderful had his first international appearance proved - a century on Test debut in an Ashes decider - that perhaps the selectors reckoned he could do any job going.
His partner was Joe Denly, the Kent right-hander who was beginning to struggle in one-day internationals and was hanging on grimly to his place.
Denly fell in the first over, Trott used up a precious 27 deliveries before getting out for 24, and it required a late-order blast from Luke Wright to take England up to 157-6.
The Lions reply was another matter altogether. Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb shared 17 boundaries and four sixes, scoring all but 19 of the runs required to win the game.
Denly and Trott stayed in situ for the matches against Pakistan, but continued to struggle. Kieswetter and Lumb, on the other hand, have continued to do pretty well and will be the probable openers in the Caribbean, with Kevin Pietersen at three and Eoin Morgan at four.
The first England-born player appears at five, that man being the skipper Paul Collingwood, while Ravi Bopara may find himself in the number six position.
The options for the rest of the team will be dictated by the West Indian wickets, which recently have helped out many a slow bowler in limited-overs cricket.
Having produced a squad that contains three spinners (Graeme Swann, Michael Yardy and James Tredwell), the selectors must be seriously considering picking two of them in the matches.
The trouble is they really must field their top three specialist seamers (Tim Bresnan, James Anderson and Stuart Broad), which leaves only two more spots up for grabs, one of which has to belong to Swann.
That leaves Yardy potentially fighting it out with his Sussex team-mate Luke Wright for the number seven position - and perhaps winning that private battle given the likely conditions - with Tredwell, Ajmal Shahzad and Ryan Sidebottom favourites to warm the bench.
The bowling options are so plentiful that one has to question whether the balance of the 15 as a whole is right, especially given the likelihood that Pietersen will be flying home at some point for the birth of his first child. Replace him with Wright and the batting looks brittle.
So who can justifiably claim to have been harshly treated by the selectors? The non-selection of Matt Prior will doubtless upset some but the bare facts are that he is not providing enough runs in limited-overs internationals.
The Sussex stumper has improved his glovework massively, but he has only two half-centuries in 50 innings in one-day internationals, and a highest score of 32 in eight one-dayers.
What England will not get from Kieswetter, whatever he does with the bat, is the wicketkeeping expertise of James Foster, whose brilliant stumping of Yuvraj Singh in last year's tournament was key to England's victory against India at Lord's.
Owais Shah may wonder what Bopara has done that he hasn't, but Shah has been a fringe player for a long time and has various negatives associated with him, such as his imperfect fielding and dodgy running between the wickets.
Bopara may not be the best judge of a quick single either, but you can add his under-rated medium pace into the reckoning, along with two half-centuries so far in this season's Indian Premier League.
All three slow bowlers picked are finger-spinners, which is a shame. The only wrist-spinner near the selectors' radar at present is Adil Rashid, and one cannot help but feel his England career is still largely ahead of him.
Aged 22, he played five ODIs and five Twenty20 matches for England last year, but has had the misfortune to face some strong batting line-ups in that time.
His figures have suffered as a consequence and perhaps this is not the time for him to continue his international career in the highly pressurised atmosphere of a global tournament.
However, it does seem strange that he was overlooked for the Bangladesh tour and it would be good to see him performing some sort of role for England during an exhaustive summer schedule.