Series lead on the line in fourth ODI


After a complete washout in the third match on Monday, West Indies and England are set to square off on Wednesday with a series lead on the line in their ODI series. The abandoned game in Grenada means the series is still locked 1-1 with two matches to go.

On Wednesday, weather permitting, the winning team would take a lead that would at least assure them of not losing the series.

West Indies, fresh off a series-levelling 26-run win in Barbados, would be boosted by the return of all-rounder Andre Russell for the final two games. It means, if logics are applied, the underperforming Carlos Brathwaite could be left out.

England, who achieved a record run-chase in game one, overhauling 361 with ease at Kensington Oval, have encountered some injury concerns, particularly Ben Stokes, who rolled his ankle in training. However, he could be fit to play on Wednesday.

West Indies have been guilty of dropped catches all series, and it cost them in the opening encounter as centurions Joe Root and Jason Roy were put down several times.

That’s an area of concern for Jason Holder’s men as they fine-tune preparations for the 50-over World Cup in England in a couple of months.

Both sides would be using the final two games to get their combinations right for the global event, and though England have basically a settled unit, it is West Indies who have to decide on who gets the nod.

With Russell available now, it would appear they’re closer to settling on the final 15, although the selectors would have their job cut out with the likes of Kemar Roach, Keemo Paul and Evin Lewis set to return from injury soon.

Bowl off time on Wednesday is 09:30h.

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

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

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