England vs West Indies 2017, 3rd ODI at Bristol, preview & likely XI: Visitors aim to level terms
Following a poor start to the opening tie of the series, visitors West Indies aim to bounce back and level terms, as they take on hosts England in the third of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the County Ground in Bristol on Sunday. The second ODI at Trent Bridge ended up being washed out by the rains after being played for just 2.2 overs. Therefore, both the teams have nothing to take from the previous game and start right from the scratch, depending on their performance and execution in the opening tie. Both the teams would pray to keep the rain gods away on Sunday. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs West Indies 2017 – 3rd ODI at Bristol
Considering the performance of both the sides in the opening tie, it was certainly England’s day out. They firstly started things off with the ball, as it was Ben Stokes’s 3 for 43, which allowed West Indies to crumble for 204, while his spell included the crucial wickets of Shai Hope (35) and Marlon Samuels (17). As for the bat, it was Jonny Bairstow, who surprisingly opened the innings and scored an unbeaten century, along with Joe Root, who too scored a healthy 54, to allow England win the tie comfortably by seven wickets.
As for West Indies, things are not going as good as they would have expected in the format. They started off on a poor note with the bat, managing just 204 for the loss of nine wickets, courtesy skipper Jason Holder’s 41. They failed with the ball as well, as they could manage just three wickets, with Kesrick Williams claiming a couple, including the wickets of Root and skipper Eoin Morgan (10). David Willey aims to cripple WI batting order in 3rd ODI
Therefore, the momentum is certainly on England’s favour. They are most likely to stick with the same playing XI from the opening ODI, as it did pretty good and there is no reason for any change. Meanwhile, fast bowler David Willey ahs also promised to rattle the Windies batting order again as he would be fighting to keep his place in the ODI side.
Likely XI for England: Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, David Willey.
As for the Windies, they need to bounce back strongly and in style. Although they had made a couple of changes in the second ODI, bringing in Kyle Hope and Miguel Cummins for the injured Chris Gayle and Devendra Bishoo, they hardly got to experiment with it owing to the match being abandoned. Therefore, chances are that the visitors too would stick with the same playing XI. However, If Gayle is declared fir for the tie, Kyle Hope could be on his way out again. Gayle “good to go”, reckons Holder
Likely XI for West Indies: Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle/Kyle Hope, Shai Hope (wk), Marlon Samuels, Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (c), Ashley Nurse, Jerome Taylor, Miguel Cummins, Kesrick Williams.
With the game being played at the County Ground in Bristol, the wicket is expected to be on the slower side, with good assist to the spinners. Therefore, both the teams would like to keep their spin options handy. The last ODI played at this venue was in May 2017, when England took on Ireland, and comfortably won the tie by seven wickets. West Indies last played an ODI at this venue in 2009, ending up on a losing note by six wickets. Overall, this is not a happy hunting ground for the visitors, as they have lost all the three ODIs they have played at this venue. However, they will be looking to change their fortunes. Nevertheless, they must face and overcome the uphill task and challenge put ahead by the hosts. Morgan confirms key Ashes players’ participation in WI ODIs
England: Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Jason Roy, Tom Curran, Jake Ball.
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope (wk), Marlon Samuels, Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (c), Ashley Nurse, Jerome Taylor, Miguel Cummins, Kesrick Williams, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chris Gayle, Alzarri Joseph.
Time: 11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST