3rd T20: England search face-saving win in WI before World Twenty20

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 13, 2014, 3:42 PM IST
3rd T20: England search face-saving win in WI before World Twenty20

The reigning World Twenty20 champions West Indies have proved to be a tough catch for England in the T20 series in the Caribbean, which the visitors have already conceded after defeats in the first two matches. That leaves the final game on Thursday as nothing but a chance for England to pack a morale-boosting win in their luggage for Bangladesh, but the Windies look primed for a whitewash.

Riding on skipper Darren Sammy's unbeaten 30 off just 9 balls, the West Indies sealed the series on Tuesday with a five wicket win after pocketing the first game on March 9 by a comfortable margin of 27 runs. And on Thursday, while England will strive to make the scoreline look more respectable at 2-1, West Indies might ask Joe Root's replacement Ian Bell to help them earn a face-saver.

Bell, who hasn't played a Twenty20 since January 2011, could take the place of batting allrounder Moeen Ali who had an off day in the second T20 on Tuesday. Besides Ali, Luke Wright is another man who has not been in his elements in the series, which could prompt England to give Ben Stokes a game.

West Indies have looked in top shape for their title defence in Bangladesh even without Sunil Narine, who may make an appearance on Thursday in case West Indies want to check on his fitness. Another school of thought may be to not gamble on Narine in fear of losing him for the World Twenty20. Also waiting in the wings are Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher, one of whom may get a chance in the dead rubber.

Probable XIs:

West Indies: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Dwayne Smith/Johnson Charles, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Andre Russell, 9 Krishmar Santokie, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Samuel Badree/Sunil Narine

England: 1 Alex Hales, 2 Michael Lumb, 3 Moeen Ali/Ian Bell, 4 Eoin Morgan (c), 5 Jos Buttler (wk), 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Luke Wright/Ben Stokes, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Chris Jordan, 11 Stephen Parry

First Published: March 13, 2014, 3:42 PM IST

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