After losing the test series 2-1 the ODI series was drawn 2-2. England’s tour of West Indies concludes with a three match T20 series as follows
March 5th 1st ODI St Lucia
March 8th 2nd ODI St Kitts
March 10th 3rd ODI St Kitts
Ahead of a heavy summer programme with a home world cup and an Ashes Series England’s squad is minus some rested first choice players in Ali, Roy, Stokes and Buttler. Billings and Malan are recalled but the team still includes Bairstow and Root plus one day specialists Morgan, Hales, Willey, Jordan.
Jason Holder was named as West Indies’ captain for the T20I series against England and with an eye on the upcoming World Cup in the fifty over format this summer in England, for this series the whole recent ODI squad was retained here as the selectors hope to develop combinations betweent he same players that will feature in the big competition this summer
In the ICC T20 Rankings England are currently 5th, the West Indies 7th. The West Indies have shown all tour that they are an improving side with dangerous young talent with bat and ball, and playing a somewhat weaker England side than they might have expected they have been installed as 4/5 favourites for the first of the three matches, England are 6/5. In this high variance short format England at 6/5 are the value with SkyBet as the West Indies remain inconsistent and the price fails to reflect England’s squad depth in the format.