Windies responded to England’s charge in the first ODI with a sturdy show in the 2nd ODI at Bridgetown, with Shimron Hetmyer and Sheldon Cottrell putting in exceptional performances. Hetmyer punished each of England’s bowlers while Cottrell caused enough trouble for the English batsmen to give Windies a series-levelling win to set-up the ODI series.
The hosts can kick on, taking in their stride the confidence, and put forth another challenge before top-ranked England. Wounded after the loss, the tourists can be expected to come out all charged and hard on the Windies. The 3rd ODI has all the makings of a cracker-jacker!
Pitch conditions: The average score at the venue after five One Day International games is 257, with only once the score has been in excess of 300. Bowlers to have a ball?
Head-to-head (last five ODIs )
Windies – 1, England – 4
Form Guide (last five ODIs, recent first)
Windies – W L L W L
England – L W L W W
Where – National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada
When – February 25 at 07:00 PM IST
Windies Team News: Fast bowler Kemar Roach has been forced out of the ODI series through a back injury. Andre Russell is expected to join the squad today but he will only be available for the fourth and fifth ODI.
England Team News: England may get Chris Woakes back in the playing XI at the expense of Tom Curran or Moeen Ali.
ENG Playing 11: Jos Buttler Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Doubtful – Moeen Ali, Tom Curran
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Joe Denly, David Willey, Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett.
WI Playing 11: Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell
Windies ODI squad: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas
Top picks – Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Shai Hope and Eoin Morgan have been among the runs. Adil Rashid and Sheldon Cottrell are top bowling options basis their performances.
X-factor – Jonny Bairstow has failed so far, but can be difficult to contain if he gets going. Jos Buttler and Darren Bravo are among others who can break free.
Risky options – Tom Curran could make way for Chris Woakes. Avoid the former.
Make ENG vs WI Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed above and team news.