England and West Indies go head to head in the final One Day International in Antigua on Wednesday knowing that the winner takes all in the three match series.
Inspired batting performance by captain Stuart Broad and all-rounder Ravi Bopara steered the tourists to victory at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Sunday to set up a decider which will begin at 1.30pm GMT on Wednesday.
A victory would give the country much needed momentum leading into the World T20 later this month in Bangladesh as they look to regain the trophy they won for the only time in 2010 before West Indies lifted the silverware two years later.
The ECB have done their utmost to prepare for the tournament which has included scheduling in three T20 fixtures in the Caribbean on the conclusion of the 50 over series. That begins on Sunday in Bridgetown which is where all three outings will take place before plying out to Bangladesh via London.
However, full concentration has to be on the third ODI tomorrow and if it is as close as the two previous encounters then the public are in for a treat. A 15 run defeat was followed by a three wicket win as far as Ashley Giles’ men were concerned as both matches could have gone either way.
England are expected to name an unchanged team which means for the second consecutive match they will field four spinners. Debutant Stephen Parry impressed by taking 3-32 off his 10 overs while top order batsman Joe Root continued to open the bowling. With batting all-rounder Moeen Ali also chipping in with wickets he is expected to be joined by specialist spinner James Tredwell.
It is clearly a plan of England’s to attack with slower bowlers ahead of the slow, sub-continent pitches in Bangladesh where the conditions tend to favour spin bowlers.
Giles will hope to have a much improved batting performance after two collapses almost saw them lose both games. They are once again expected to be without star batsman Eoin Morgan while the likes of Ian Bell and Alastair Cook were rested from the 50 over schedule.
However, there have been bright sparks with Michael Lumb scoring a century on debut and the likes of Ali and Root also impressing before relinquishing their wicket.
With all three in the squad for the World Cup they know they have to carry their form into tomorrow’s crucial match as England look to win a series for the first time since the summer’s 2013 Ashes success.
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