England eye World Cup marker

Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan

With the World Cup a matter of months away, England will be keen to lay down a marker in their ODI series in the West Indies.

The Test series in the Caribbean was lost in dismal fashion, but a big turnover in personnel means the scars of that reverse should not be too deep.

Eoin Morgan is back to skipper a side who won by 186 runs the last time they faced the Windies in an ODI in Barbados – the venue for the first one-dayer on Wednesday – with that victory coming in March 2017.

Jason Roy to be man of the match @ 31/4

A lot of talk has swirled around Jason Roy in recent times, with a Test call-up being hinted at in several quarters.

However, the hard-hitting right-hander has a job to do in the limited-overs formats for the time being and is in great form heading into the series, having smashed a century in the warm-up win over a University of West Indies VC’s XI.

He has failed to reach 50 in any of his last eight ODI innings but has every chance batting on wickets where the ball should come on nicely.

Top home batsman Chris Gayle @ 11/4

It would be wrong not to talk up the return of Windies superstar Chris Gayle, with the veteran left-hander back in the fold only until the end of the World Cup.

With nearly 10,000 ODI runs to his name, he has the ability to take any attack apart if he is in the mood.

England to win the World Cup @ 9/4

Looking to the longer term, the Three Lions have yet to taste success in the World Cup, but surely there has never been a better opportunity for them to end their wait for 50-over glory.

Home advantage and an in-form, talent-packed squad mean that expectations will rightly be very high later this year.

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