4th ODI: England, West Indies chase unassailable series lead

A wash out in Grenada on Monday has turned the fourth ODI at the same venue today into a massive game. The winner will have an unassailable lead in the five-match series, which will then make the last game in St Lucia a must-win for the team trailing.

England, ranked No 1 in ODIs, were stung by defeat to West Indies in the second game after a record chase in the series opener. On a run of nine bilateral ODI series victories in a row, Eoin Morgan’s team will be desperate to address the weaknesses of the last defeat given their approach to ODI cricket.

West Indies have not won back-to-back ODIs against England since March 2009 and with Andre Russell back in their squad, have a bit of added firepower as they seek a series lead. (READ: My game’s in pretty good order right now: Joe Root)

Match details

What: West Indies vs England, 4th ODI

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

When: Wednesday, February 28

Time: 19:00 IST

Team news

West Indies

The hosts named an unchanged XI for the washed out ODI and handed a 100th cap to Darren Bravo. But with Russell back, he will in all likelihood slot back. This would push Carlos Brathwaite out of West Indies’ XI. Russell may not bowl, however, given his knee worries.

Andre Russell's stop-start West Indies career has been revived.
Andre Russell’s stop-start West Indies career has been revived. Getty

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

England

Ben Stokes missed the last game after rolling his ankle in training and was replaced by Alex Hales, while Chris Woakes regained his spot from Tom Curran. The same XI is likely to be replicated.

Likely XI: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Alex Hales, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Adil Rashid, 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.

Stats

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

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

Quotes

“We know Windies will cause us problems – we managed to win the first game but they rightly won the second one. We were by no means complacent but it is good to have that reminder every now and again that you have to put in the hard yards to win matches at international level.” – Woakes

“I know the right West Indies combination with a fully focussed side can beat anyone on their day.” – Richard Pybus, West Indies coach