England should reassert ODI dominance

Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan

After the third ODI was washed out, the fourth game in the five-match series takes on greater significance on Wednesday as England and West Indies are locked together at 1-1.

Monday’s clash at the same venue was frustratingly lost to the weather as persistent showers put an end to any hope of play, so everyone will be hoping for a clear day as both sides try to take the upper hand in what has been an even series so far.

England to win fourth ODI @ 20/49

England remain the favourites to come out on top, both on Wednesday and overall against the Windies, but Eoin Morgan’s side need to underline just why they are the top-ranked one-day side in the world and the 9/4 favourites for this year’s World Cup on home soil.

After a hugely impressive win in the first one-dayer, when the tourists secured their highest ever one-day run-chase to beat West Indies by six wickets, they lost their way in the second game in Barbados, shipping their last six wickets for just 35 runs.

That aberration is the exception rather than the rule for this England team, who will be determined to bounce back in style.

They have not lost two consecutive ODIs since January 2017, when suffering back-to-back defeats in India, and will regroup and surely be ready to fire in Grenada.

The washed-out third game will have given Morgan’s men time to work out what went wrong in the second game and they are not a side to repeat mistakes.

Stokes – away team top batsman @ 27/4

Ben Stokes is hoping to return after an ankle injury had ruled him out of the abandoned third game and he will be out to prove his worth once again in this World Cup year.

The all-rounder top-scored with 79 for the visitors in the second match and is good value at 27/4 to be top away batsman again – if he’s passed fit.

Hope – home team top batsman @ 15/4

For the Windies, it’s hard to look past Chris Gayle to be their key man after his superb 135 in the first match and a vital 50 in the second.

However, wicket-keeper Shai Hope looks in decent shape and might be a good outside bet after scores of 33 and 64 so far.

The Windies have been unpredictable opponents for England on this tour but the visitors, who have Joe Root and Jason Roy in great form, are expected to have too much for Jason Holder’s men and can claim a vital win to ensure they cannot lose the series.

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