Windies and England would come out to take an unassailable lead when they two sides lock horns in the fourth of the five-match One Day International series on Wednesday. The rain was the winner in 3rd ODI, washing out the fixture without a ball being bowled. The series is level at 1-1.
The story so far
Eoin Morgan’s top-ranked England began the series chasing down a mammoth target of 350+ runs, registering their highest successful chase in ODI cricket. Unfazed by the events transpired in the first ODI, Windies redeemed themselves to draw the series level with a clinical show. Not only they tamed the explosive English batting but batted with composure and not were just all slam-bang.
Russell bolsters Windies, Stokes’ ankle injury worries England
All-rounder Andre Russell has joined the Windies squad for the remainder of ODIs. The return of one of the most sought after limited-overs cricket is a big boost for the home side. On the other hand, England are concerned about the availability of Ben Stokes. The all-rounder rolled his ankle during team training ahead of 3rd ODI but management is hopeful of his recovery.
Pitch conditions: The mean score at the venue after five ODIs is 257, and there is only one score in excess of 300. Going by history, this could be a good tussle between the bat and ball.
Head-to-head (last five ODIs )
Windies – 1, England – 3, No Result – 1
Form Guide (last five ODIs, recent first)
Windies – NR W L L W
England – NR L W L W
Where – National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada
When – February 27 at 07:00 PM IST
Windies Team News: All-rounder Andre Russell is all set to make a comeback to Windies side. He is likely to come in for Carlos Brathwaite.
Fast bowler Kemar Roach has been forced out of the ODI series through a back injury.
England Team News: Ben Stokes was forced out of the third ODI through an ankle injury, although England’s coach is hopeful of him being available for the 4th ODI.
Chris Woakes has been reported fit and will slot back in at the expense of Tom Curran.
ENG Playing 11: Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali
Doubtful – Ben Stokes, Alex Hales
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Chris Woakes, Joe Denly, David Willey, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood,
WI Playing 11: Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Andre Rusell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
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 – Jason Roy, Joe Root, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Eoin Morgan are the first picks basis their current form. Adil Rashid and Sheldon Cottrell are top options with the ball.
X-factor – Jonny Bairstow has flopped so far but a big knock is around the corner. Jos Buttler, Darren Bravo and Andre Russell are among others who can put the opposition under pressure with their clean striking.
Risky options – Ben Stokes was forced out of 3rd ODI and remains doubtful for the tie. Plus, Carlos Brathwaite is will make way for returning Andre Russell in Windies’ XI
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