Man of the Match: Mark Wood
West Indies to win
Our Prediction is West Indies to win this game!
Hosts West Indies will certainly be keen to make a clean sweep when they take on England in the third game of the Test series in St Lucia on Saturday. The home side once again produced a terrific display with bat and ball to win the second game in Antigua.
With this result, West Indies are already 2-0 up in the three-match Test series. Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the side for the final game as Jason Holder has been suspended by ICC for slow over-rates.
On the other hand, England will be looking to salvage some pride in the final game of the series. England Skipper Joe Root will be hoping that the batsmen can put in a much improved show to end the Test series on a good note. In the previous game, England suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of West Indies to lose the Test series.
The home side delivered a pitch perfect performance with the bat and ball to clinch the Test series against England in Antigua. The batting lineup showed guts and determination to help West Indies score 306 runs in their first innings.
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite once again produced much-needed runs for the side at the top of the innings. He scored 49 runs off 156 balls with the help of three fours. He added 70 runs with John Campbell to get West Indies off to a decent start in Antigua.
John Campbell showed maturity and composure in the second game of the series against England. He scored 47 off 118 balls with the help of five fours. Campbell has made an impressive start to his Test cricket and is averaging 45.00 with the bat so far in this series.
Shai Hope also made a crucial contribution for the side with the bat. He scored 44 off 66 balls with the help of five fours. He will be keen to produce a big score in the final game of the Test series against England.
Darren Bravo raised his game with the bat and scored a gritty half-century for the side in the game played in Antigua. He spent a lot of time at the crease to keep the scoreboard ticking along nicely. Shimron Hetmyer, Shane Dowrich and Captain Jason Holder also contributed with crucial cameos for the side in the game played in Antigua.
All-rounder Kemo Paul might in come in place of Jason Holder for the final game of the Test series. In the bowling department, pace bowler Kemar Roach was once again standout bowler for West Indies with eight wickets to his name. Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder also chipped in with crucial wickets for the side in the previous game.
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Shai Hope, Shane Dowrich (wk), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Holder/Oshane Thomas/Kemo Paul.
Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Alzarri Joseph, Shane Dowrich, John Campbell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Kraigg Brathwaite, Keemo Paul
The visitors will be looking to make amends after suffering back-to-back defeats in the Test series. The batting lineup has failed to produce decent scores in the first two games of the Test series.
Opener Rory Burns failed to make an impression in the second game of the series in Antigua. He will need to produce a notable score in this final game of the series against West Indies.
Joe Denly looked below-par with the bat in his debut game for England. He will need to do much better to keep his place in the playing XI. England might look for other options as Denly looked out of sorts in the previous game played at Antigua.
Jonny Bairstow produced a gritty half-century in the first innings of the second game played in Antigua. He scored 52 off 64 balls with the help of nine fours and a six. England will be hoping that Bairstow can find form with the bat and produce something special in the final game of the series.
England Skipper Joe Root has looked completely out of sorts against some exceptional bowling produced by West Indies. He has managed to score only 40 runs in 4 innings at an average of 10.00. Root will be looking to spend some at the crease and eke out a decent score for the side in this game.
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have struggled to get going in the Test series against West Indies. The variable bounce has certainly made it difficult to score freely in the first two games played so far. Buttler and Stokes will need to grind out runs for the side in the final game of the series.
In the bowling department, Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali picked up three wickets apiece in the previous game. Medium-pacer James Anderson has been England’s best bowler so far in this series with 7 wickets to his name.
Joe Root (c), Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes(wk), Rory Burns, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jack Leach/Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, James Anderson, Ben Stokes, Rory Burns, Joe Denly
The side that wins the toss would like to bat first and put a mammoth first-innings total on the board. West Indies last’s win at the venue came against Bangladesh.
Hosts West Indies will be keen to continue their winning streak in this game as well. England will really need to play well to get a result out of this game. West Indies still look favorites to win this game as they have played better as a unit in their home conditions.
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