About the Match
West Indies has shown that they can compete with this England side but failed to win any of the matches. Can they win the third match even though the series has been lost?
3rd ODI Preview
The West Indies started this series out with a lot of hope but probably the realization that they are nowhere near the level of this England cricket team at the moment. They would love to finish off this series with a win and hopefully earn some crucial ranking points for themselves to gain automatic qualification for the next World Cup.
Some changes need to be rung in this lineup because of injury and because some things are just not working. Kraigg Braithwaite at the top of the order is adept at occupying the crease but his strike rate and tendency to get out after using up a number of deliveries is putting the pressure on other players.
Shannon Gabriel, by far the most impressive bowler for the West Indies, is injured and will not be available for the third match. Alzarri Joseph or Miguel Cummins is expected to slot in for him.
Carlos Braithwaite must also be feeling the heat from Rovman Powell waiting in the wings. The West Indies may decide to give Powell a chance in this match because he has been marked as one of the players for the future.
We think that Evan Lewis, Jason Mohammad and Jonathan Carter form a talented core for this West Indian batting lineup but one of them needs to go on and get a big one. Back Alzarri Joseph to get the most wickets if he plays for the West Indies in this match while Mohammad is in excellent form and could be the top scorer once again.
England would have been happy that they managed to win two closely contested matches, even though the scoreboard seems to suggest otherwise. The English team is focussed on building momentum ahead of the Champions trophy and will want to win this series 3-0 at all costs.
Alex Hales is expected to take his place at the top of the order replacing Sam Billings, while Steven Finn may also be dropped for the Jake Ball. This would be close to the first choice eleven that England wants to field for the Champions Trophy and should be able to beat the West Indies on most days quite easily.
Joe Root top scored in the last match and showed some excellent match awareness. We think the returning Hales and Jason Roy will be the players to watch out for in this match and back both of them to get fifty plus scores.
Eoin Morgan might also find himself in the runs, particularly if England is batting first in this encounter.
Jos Buttler has been struggling for runs of late and he may find that a low-pressure match like this is ideal for him to find some form once again.
England should set a score of 330 or thereabouts of they get the chance to bat first. The bowling side of things is well settled and we think that Chris Woakes will enjoy the extra pace that the Kensington Oval offers.
Our pick for the top wicket taker, however, is Adil Rashid.
Pitch and Conditions
The Kensington Oval in Barbados is one of the last remaining places that offers some real pace in the West Indies. For this match though that extra pace and carry should translate into a run friendly surface that batsmen enjoy.
Back England To Win the series 3-0