ENGLAND TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2019
Rob Johnston • Final up to date on Tue, 26 Feb, 2019, 09:44 AM
Andre “Superman” Russell could exchange Brathwaite within the line-up. However is the gamble worthwhile, provided that the previous could not contribute with the ball? © Getty
The damp squib on Monday in Grenada modifications little for both of those sides by way of the collection scoreline, which stays at 1-1. Nevertheless, the washout does imply they’ve much less margin for error within the remaining two matches, the primary of which can be in Grenada on Wednesday. The stakes, for each groups, have actually gone up.
For England, the rain means they’re now only one slip-up away from failing to win a collection towards the ninth-ranked workforce on the earth. Even a drawn collection towards West Indies, not to mention a loss, could be a dent to their confidence with the World Cup so shut, which raises the temperature for the fourth ODI. The house aspect, alternatively, should win only one extra match to reflect their Take a look at exploits and emerge from a collection towards England with surprising plaudits ringing of their ears.
The elevated stress will probably be no dangerous factor for England, although. They’re now in a scrap and can have the ability to check their mettle beneath further scrutiny which is what they should cope with in the summertime, at dwelling and as one of many favourites within the. The way in which this collection has turned out is much better preparation for the World Cup than a straightforward victory (which appeared on the playing cards after sport one) would have been. That’s, in fact, if England emerge victorious from the collection. In any other case, they’ll find yourself with egg on their faces.
The washout on Monday delayed a second examination of England’s batsmen by Sheldon Cottrell, the left-armer who took 5 wickets in West Indies’ good victory in Barbados to degree the collection within the second ODI. The match-up in Grenada on Wednesday will probably be intriguing not simply by way of the end result of the collection, but in addition the pointers it offers in direction of the World Cup. England have had a problem with left-arm seamers because the begin of 2017 – averaging 25 towards them in comparison with 40 towards right-armers – and they should put that proper.
West Indies named an unchanged workforce for the match that by no means was in Grenada, a welcome act of consistency by a range panel that has a historical past of performing bizarrely. The choice to go away out Cottrell for the primary match in favour of Carlos Brathwaite, not even chosen within the authentic squad, nonetheless beggars perception, for instance. Nevertheless, they may ponder a change with the star high quality of Andre Russell included of their social gathering for the final two matches instead of the injured Kemar Roach.
Though Russell has not performed ODI cricket since final July and is battling a longstanding knee difficulty which can curtail his bowling, he’ll add, with a profession strike charge of 130, loads of aggression to a batting order that also wants added firepower to enrich the likes of Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmeyer. Russell’s inclusion is a well timed one certainly forward of the World Cup.
When: Wednesday, February 27 at 9.30am Native Time, 1.30pm GMT.
The place: St George’s, Grenada.
What to anticipate: The pitch, which has confirmed good for batting prior to now, and the brief straight boundaries recommend that there could possibly be loads of runs on provide for the batsmen however the latest rain could imply there may be some moisture within the pitch for the quicker males to take advantage of early on. Importantly, the forecast is for a dry day.
The one actual choice for the house aspect is whether or not they choose Russell and in the event that they do, who he is available in for. Carlos Brathwaite appears to be like essentially the most susceptible however West Indies should think about the stability of the aspect given Russell is unlikely to have the ability to contribute a lot with the ball. Bringing him in for an all-rounder would go away Jason Holder with simply 5 frontline bowlers which is a threat towards this England batting line-up.
Possible XI: Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Regardless of the rain, we all know from the teamsheet that England introduced again Chris Woakes for Tom Curran for the third ODI after Woakes was rested for the second match in Barbados as he manages his return from a knee harm. The Warwickshire all-rounder is prone to hold his place and Ben Stokes, who was set to overlook out on Monday due to a rolled ankle, will in all probability come again in to the aspect too, instead of batsman Alex Hales.
Possible XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wooden
What they stated?
“I do know the precise West Indies mixture with a completely centered aspect can beat anybody on their day” – Bayliss.