West Indies v England
Five-match T20 series – Match Four, January 29
Kensington Oval, Barbados (8pm UK)
England made five changes to their team for the third game of the series, handing international debuts to Harry Brook and George Garton and a format debut to Phil Salt, who impressed with a late half-century.
Captain Eoin Morgan was out with a minor quad injury, while wicketkeeper Sam Billings was ill.
Moeen Ali captained the side, and he presided over a high-scoring 20-run defeat in which both sides topped 200.
While the West Indies are now 4/9 favourites with bet365 to win the series, England are still favoured to win the fourth game in isolation at 5/4 with Ladbrokes and Coral. bet365 have England at 7/4 to claim the series win.
West Indies look a much better balanced side with the extra batter
There have been long-term concerns about the West Indies’ depth with the bat. However, in game three their side looked much, much better with the addition of Rovman Powell for Odean Smith.
That decision was one which paid off handsomely as Powell cracked a brilliant century to power his side up to 224/5, helped out by a 70 for Nicholas Pooran.
With England having looked strong with the bat in the last two games, and the pitches having been decent, we can expect runs to flow again.
Therefore, the over 318.5 runs in the match mark on offer at 5/6 with bet365 is worth serious consideration.
With five matches at the same ground, the ground staff have had to make full use of the Kensington Oval square, meaning short boundaries on one side have been in play.
All action Livingstone can get better
Liam Livingstone is fast turning into one of the world’s most valued white ball players. We can expect next month’s IPL auction to confirm that view.
After missing the first two games of the series through a non-Covid illness, which he admitted hit him hard, he looked rusty in the 20-run defeat.
Even so, he still had an impact with two catches and a wicket. With the bat, he hit only 11.
He features in Betfair’s #OddsonThat combination bets, with them offering 11/2 on him to take a wicket, take a catch and hit a six. Even in that 11, he cleared the ropes once.
Now, he should be better on Saturday for the run out last night, so taking that 11/2 would seem to give you a realistic chance of a return.
Another one which catches the eye at much shorter odds – 8/5 – is for Nicholas Pooran and Tom Banton both to hit one six in the match. Last night, they shared 11!