About the Match
The second ODI was washed out because of rain and that leaves the scoreline 1-0 in favor of England with three matches still to play. A win here would mean the England cannot lose the series, while a West Indies win would inject some much needed spice in this series.
The Ashes squad is about to be announced in a couple of days and so we don’t expect any rotation or resting of players going on. Some of the players will be trying to make a lasting last impression in this match before the selectors convene and thus there should be plenty of motivation for the English 11.
One of the players that will be under the scanner is Alex Hales. He looked good briefly before the match was called off at Trent Bridge and is on the cusp of making the team. A big innings would really send a strong message at this time.
The ODI format seems to be the one that England is most comfortable in at the moment and has an excellent team for its own conditions. The weather has started to cool down and there is movement available with the new ball for their bowlers.
Eoin Morgan said pre-match that picking up quick wickets was one of the things his team was focusing on. We don’t think there will be any changes from the side that was picked at Trent bridge for England.
Jonny Bairstow took his opportunity and will look to build on that while Joe Root should cash in with a big score sooner rather than later as well.
The bowlers will know that Gayle is a key wicket along with Evin Lewis at the top and they can build up the pressure with dot balls later down the order. Adil Rashid is once again our pick to be the most effective bowler in this match.
News that Chris Gayle is fit and will be available for the match is excellent news for the West Indies because he continues to be one of the most dangerous batsmen in any form of the game. Questions will be asked about his fitness, the number of dot balls he plays and his overall motivation to see the West Indies win but we believe he has a lot to offer this young side.
More dangerous of the two opening batsmen according to recent form, Evin Lewis has made the T20 format his own and now wants to extend that into the ODI format as well. There were some encouraging signs in the first match before he got out a bit unluckily so we look forward to seeing more development on that front.
Shai Hope has found a new gear on this tour and looked probably the best of the batsmen in his short stay in the first match. A big innings from him could really change the way the West Indies is viewed in this format and give them something to concrete to work on from.
Hopefully, some sense would have been drilled into Marlon Samuel’s head about the need to keep the scoreboard ticking and not get involved in personal battles that are detrimental to the team.
The West Indies bowling in this format is a big concern with Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Miguel Cummins and Kesrick Williams all very similar paced. Ashley Nurse is also not going to get much purchase from the surface and so becomes easy fodder for the batsmen. This lineup requires the cushion of a performing batting unit otherwise they will be unable to stand up the English power hitters.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at is expected to be a flat deck and the conditions should be much better than at Trent Bridge. The caveat here is that overcast conditions should be expected at any point during this season and so we could have a rain interruption once again.
England to win
Winner: England, 1.25 @ Bet on England now