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The third ODI between the West Indies and England was abandoned due to incessant rain. The fourth ODI is also scheduled to be played at the same venue as the third one and so weather is likely to be a concern again. The current forecast is for a much better day, though, so fingers crossed we get a full game of cricket to enjoy.
The series locked at 1-1 and England seems to have found a lot of respect for the West Indies. England coach Trevor Bayliss made a statement that this West Indies side could even end up winning the ICC World Cup 2019.
England will be hoping to have Ben Stokes available for it in the fourth ODI and the West Indies will be thrilled to have Andre Russell back in the squad. Both the sides are playing a high level of cricket and we are hopeful of another very close match being played out.
Some of the biggest names in West Indies cricket are returning to fold and this could not be better news ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. Andre Russell is one of the world’s most feared all-rounders and his return to the side is a very big deal.
He is expected to replace Carlos Brathwaite in the side, a like for like replacement. Russell is not going to be able to bowl his ten overs just yet but his power hitting adds another source of strength to this improved West Indies side.
The West Indies also seem intent on playing six bowlers, if you count Jason Holder as a bowler. This policy is keeping Nicholas Pooran out of the ODI side which is a mistake according to us. We don’t expect a change in this match, though, and Pooran is likely to keep missing out alongside Fabien Allen.
The brief look that we got at the surface in Grenada promised an absolute run fest. The rain would have slowed down the outfield but there should still be plenty in it to keep the batsmen very interested.
The West Indies must hope that John Campbell is able to fire alongside Chris Gayle at the top of the order because Gayle has been starting very slow before catching up. There is plenty of firepower in the side with the likes of Hope, Bravo, Hetmyer, Holder, and now Russell to follow.
The West Indies prefer to bat first but we think chasing might not be such a bad option for them since it will allow them to pace their inning better.
The bowling was given a big boost by the performance of Sheldon Cottrell and it will be interesting to see how England responds to him this time around. Sheldon Cottrell, Devendra Bishoo, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder, and Andre Russell are expected to be the bowling attack for the West Indies.
The prime wicket-takers have to be Holder and Cottrell because the rest are all bowlers that are good at containing the batsmen while Oshane Thomas is difficult to predict right now.
Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
We have a fairly good idea of the side that England is going to pick for the fourth ODI because most of the players that were picked for the third ODI should be in line to get another go. The only possible change could be Ben Stokes returning for Chris Woakes but we don’t that will happen.
It is far too close to the ICC World Cup 2019 to be risking a player of Ben Stokes’s caliber. He will be allowed to rest even if there is a hint of doubt about his fitness.
This means that Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood should be taking up the seam bowling duties while Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid play as the frontline spinners.
England also picked Alex Hales to play in the side and it will be interesting to see where he bats. We assume that Hales must bat in the top-3 if he is picked. That means Root, Morgan and the rest will shift one slot down.
England is a side packed with batting talent. They love playing on flat surfaces where their batsmen can come in and smash the ball around. This could be a wicket that suits England brilliantly. Among the batsmen, we think punters should look at Jonny Bairstow for a fifty-plus score.
He has yet to fire in this series and is too good a batsman to miss out for too long. Jason Roy, on the other hand, does not inspire much confidence and is known to go through long patches of underperformance after getting one big score in.
Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan are also good players to back considering their batting form and positions in the playing eleven.
The real test for England is going to come with its bowling. Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood have a sameness to them which could be dangerous. Wood is a few years faster than the rest but that is not always the biggest advantage in ODI cricket.
A plan to bowl slower balls frequently has been noticed in the last few matches and that may continue in this match as well.
Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali have struggled to exert control on the batsmen so far and life is not going to be much easier on a flat batting deck.
AD Hales, Jonny Bairstow, JE Root, Eoin Morgan, BA Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, CR Woakes, AU Rashid, LE Plunkett, M Wood.
The side winning the toss is likely to want to field first
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The fourth ODI between the West Indies and England is going to be played at National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada. The weather forecast, as we mentioned before, is better than expected. There is some rain predicted on match day but it should stop about the time the match is scheduled to get underway.
Hopefully, a delayed start or even a mildly reduced match is the worst we have to suffer.
The pitch is hard, flat, and should allow for a lot of runs to be scored. A 330 or 350 plus total batting first is not out of the question.
We think that the West Indies are boosted massively by the presence of Andre Russell in the squad. He is a genuine game-changer that can win matches with either discipline. Beating England on a flat batting track, though, is not going to be easy. We suggest backing the visitors in this one.
Back England to win.
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