West Indies v England: What to expect ahead of the third Test in St Lucia

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England’s tour to the West Indies was supposed to be a morale-boosting start to an Ashes and World Cup year for Joe Root’s side.

Instead, it has turned into a nightmare with back-to-back heavy defeats, leaving only pride to play for and more questions for the selectors to answer.

The home side have a chance to complete a rare whitewash against England. Even without suspended skipper Jason Holder, the West Indies should make the most of the conditions and are 33/20 with GIVEMEBET to win and end the series on a high.

We take an in-depth look at the third and final Test in St Lucia.

West Indies to seal 3-0 series win

Despite Holder’s absence, the West Indies will go into the third Test looking to complete a 3-0 series win.

Holder is banned for one game as a result of his side’s slow over rate in the second Test.

Being the home side, the West Indies have set the pitches up to suit their players, while England have struggled to adapt to the Caribbean conditions.

It is no surprise to see the home side dominate the batting, with the top five run makers all West Indian batsmen. Jonny Bairstow is sixth on the list with 108 runs for England.

West Indies v England 2nd Test - Day Three

Both teams have batted first in the two Tests so far and the West Indies have outscored England by 1,029 runs to 642.

Holder leads the way with 229 runs, and while his presence will be missed, Shane Dowrich, John Campbell, Shimron Hetmyer and stand-in captain Kraigg Braithwaite will all be looking to punish any bad balls from England’s bowlers.

While England have failed to score more than 250 in any of their innings, the West Indies have surpassed that total in their first three innings. They only required 17 runs in their last innings to win the second Test.

England’s second innings in Antigua was the third time in the series they found themselves six wickets down before bringing up 100 on the scoreboard.

Bowling struggles to continue for England

England’s bowlers have struggled on this tour as much as their batsmen, ensuring they have been outplayed by the home side.

West Indies v England 2nd Test - Day Three

England have failed to claim all 20 wickets in a match, taking 16 in Barbados and 10 in Antigua, as the West Indies batsmen dispatched them to all parts of both grounds.

The home side have bowled England out four times to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.

England’s problem has been the lack of early wickets, with Sam Curran taking just one throughout the tour.

The home side have shown great patience against England’s attack, with Darren Bravo’s 50 in the West Indies’ first innings in Antigua coming off 216 balls.

West Indies v England - 1st Test: Day One

Failing to break up partnerships has been another problem England need to address if they are to restore any pride on this tour.

If they fail to do so the home side will celebrate a memorable series win and leave England selectors still not knowing their best XI.

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