Ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England this summer, for which the West Indies qualified in a 2018 qualification tournament, the two teams compete in a series following on from West Indies 2-1 victory in the three tests earlier in the tour
The Schedule for this series is as follows
1st ODI Wednesday 20th February Barbados
2nd ODI Friday 22nd February Barbados
3rd ODI Monday 25th February Grenada
4th ODI Wednesday 27th February Grenada
5th ODI Saturday 2nd March St Lucia
The West Indies have picked a squad so far for the 1st and 2nd ODIs only including the return of Chris Gayle at the top of the order and a raft of young exciting players such as Hetmyer, Pooranand Thomas to complement the core of the side with Holder, Bravo and Hope the mainstays.
England’s ODI Squad has a settled feel led by Eoin Morgan and with specialists like Roy, Tom Curran, Hales and Plunkett joining the Test players Root, Bairstow, Buttler and Stokes
England are top of the ICC ODI World rankings, the West Indies 9th. Recent form speaks to these rankings too,the hosts have lost their last two ODI series 3-1 in India, 2-1 in Bangladesh while England beat Sri Lanka 3-1 before Christmas and 2-1 last summer v India
ODI cricket is a game very much geared to batsmen. England have struggled with the pace of the West Indies attack during the test series but here fielding restrictions and bowling restrictions very much neutralise those strengths.
England bat very deep, with a very aggressive modern approach utilised by lots of all rounders who give the team depth, with the one weakness the absence of a real “gun” bowler at the death
For the series odds are one sided, England are available at 1/8 the West Indies 5/1. For the first ODI alone in Barbados the hosts are priced at 13/8, England 4/7
Whilst England should win the series as a settled efficient one day side the odds are too cramped to back for value. England 3-2 or 4-1 in the correct score market is the way to go, with England 3-2 at 11/4 with Bet365 my preference