3rd ODI: West Indies seek consistency, England target improvement
Eoin Morgan and Jason Holder are seeking the advantage over each other. © Getty

Oneupmanship is the flavour for the third ODI between hosts West Indies and England in Grenada today, with the series tied at 1-1.

West Indies won the second game by 26 runs to level the five-match series, and will be buoyant as they seek to win two in a row against England for the first time since March 2009. With Chris Gayle scoring 135 and 50 in the opening two ODIs in Barbados, and Shimron Hetmyer producing a very fine century in the second game, England have reason to worry.

England were undone by Sheldon Cottrell last Friday, who took 5/46 after Hetmyer’s fourth ODI hundred helped West Indies post 289/6. England, considering their status as No 1 and the way they treat their ODI cricket, will have taken the loss on Friday as a blot on their impressive CV. After a record chase of 361 in the series opener, the visiting team lost their openers cheaply in game two and then surrendered their last six wickets for 35 runs. Given their batting depth, expect them to address that sloppiness.

Match details:

What: West Indies vs England, 3rd ODI

When: Monday, February 25

Where: National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada

Time: 17:00 IST

Team news:

West Indies

No changes expected, given the last result.

Likely XI: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 John Campbell, 3 Shai Hope (wk), 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Jason Holder (capt), 7 Carlos Brathwaite, 8 Ashley Nurse, 9Devendra Bishoo, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Oshane Thomas

England

Chris Woakes, who missed the second ODI nursing a knee complaint, is due to return. If he does, Tom Curran will most likely may way.

England allrounder Chris Woakes should regain his place.
England allrounder Chris Woakes should regain his place. © Getty

Likely XI: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoing Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Liam Plunkett, 11 Mark Wood

Pitch and conditions:

St George’s has only seen 300 scored thrice in 22 ODIs, so it is not necessarily a high-scoring venue. Spinners have done well there, which indicates a somewhat sluggish track. Conditions are mostly clear though scattered showers are expected at night.

Stats:

Darren Bravo will play his 100th ODI.

Gayle is the second-highest wicket-taker at St George’s with 12 wickets from 10 ODIs.

Hetmyer has scored four centuries in 22 ODIs. No West Indies batsman had made as many in so few games.

Quotes:

“In a way, it’s a kick in the backside. We don’t turn up to the ground expecting to win every game – there is a lot of hard work that goes into every result we produce.” – Eoin Morgan

“He can easily come out and try and hit you for six from the first few balls. Dot balls are great but at the same time we want to be getting him out.” – Woakes on Gayle