With both teams hopefully freshened up after a rather frustrating second match in Nottingham that was later abandoned, there is no rain forecast in Bristol until 8pm which means we should get to see some cricket!
Before the rain struck, England got off to a great start scoring 21 runs in just 2.2 overs with Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow looking extremely solid. This series is by no means a blockbuster, but more so a chance to work some of their key players into some form ahead of the upcoming Ashes series in Australia later this year. Jonny Bairstow has already grabbed at his opportunity to show the selectors that he isn’t just a test batsman, scoring his first ODI century for England in Manchester. England will be a hard team to beat in this series, they’ve packed their batting line-up full of one-day specialists, the more notable ones like Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler should all get their opportunity to produce an electrifying display of hitting at some point in the series. Maybe England’s biggest weapon of all happens to be an ultra-consistent performer across all three formats of the game, the prolific Joe Root. The West Indies have been known to stray a bit in their bowling which opens up the door of opportunity for Root to punish anything he sees as mediocre, he’ll make you pay the ultimate price if you’re not hitting a consistent line & length. Perhaps not the most consistent performer on a daily basis but just as damaging when he gets his eye in, Ben Stokes can be an explosive run scoring machine who tends to take on the boundary riders when the opportunity is there. Dealing in fours and sixes most of the time, the opposition will have to keep a close eye on Stokes and go in for the kill rather than restricting his attacking stroke play. Seamer Chris Woakes should be in for a huge haul with the ball soon, he’s one of those bowlers who every now and then comes along and takes a big bag of wickets, the overcast conditions should especially suit his swing bowling adding further headaches for the Windies.
Luck may have been on the West Indies side when the rain struck and washed out the second match in Nottingham. Star batsman Chris Gayle had been ruled out with a hamstring injury which set them back some fire power, thankfully the big Jamaican is expected to play the third ODI at Bristol. The Windies had also dropped leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo for an extra quick which signaled their eagerness to take wickets with the new ball under cloudy skies. England is typically a seam-friendly part of the world with the constant wet weather and cool temperatures, something the Caribbean probably doesn’t see enough of which makes it very difficult to adjust to the conditions straight away. It might be up to the West Indies batsmen to inflict most of the damage, their bowling doesn’t have anything special which is certainly no recipe for success, but they’ll have to make do with what they’ve got. They need to get something out of Jerome Taylor and Jason Holder, two of their most experienced campaigners in the bowling attack, they’re in seam-friendly conditions so there’s no excuses for lack of wickets. Evin Lewis needs to become the game breaker for the Windies. His big hitting that clearly resembles his idol needs to be brought to the middle in Bristol, you don’t have to dig to deep into the archives to see how destructive Chris Gayle has been in these types of games, it’s time for Lewis to make a name for himself and bring his A-game to the table. Shai Hope also remains a very promising prospect, his back-to-back centuries earlier in the test series against England certainly shown that he is a genuine talent in the top order, he managed 35 in the first ODI as well. No one expects the West Indies to win, but it would be great to see them put up a fight with the likes of Samuels and Holder returning to form.
Top 5 fantasy picks | England | 3rd ODI | Bristol
- Alex Hales
- Eoin Morgan
- Chris Woakes
- Ben Stokes
- Adil Rashid
Top 5 fantasy picks | West Indies | 3rd ODI | Bristol
- Shai Hope
- Jason Holder
- Chris Gayle
- Evin Lewis
- Jason Mohammed
Team News | England
England are expected to go into this match unchanged.
England (possible) – 1. Jonny Bairstow 2. Alex Hales 3. Joe Root 4. Eoin Morgan (c) 5. Ben Stokes 6. Jos Buttler (wk) 7. Moeen Ali 8. Chris Woakes 9. Adil Rashid 10. Liam Plunkett 11. David Willey.
Team News | West Indies
Chris Gayle has been passed as fit after a hamstring scan and will return to the XI in place of Kyle Hope.
West Indies (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Evin Lewis 3. Shai Hope (wk) 4. Marlon Samuels 5. Jason Mohammed 6. Rovman Powell 7. Jason Holder (c) 8. Ashley Nurse 9. Jerome Taylor 10. Miguel Cummins 11. Kesrick Williams.