England vs West Indies

One Day Internationals Preview: England 5/4 to whitewash Windies

2017-03-01
Preview of the ODI series starting in Antigua on Friday.

England are 5/4 to enjoy a 3-0 whitewash of West Indies in the one-day international series which gets under way in Antigua on Friday.

The tourists will use the series as preparation for the Champions Trophy this summer, which Eoin Morgan’s men are joint-favourites at 13/4 to win. In contrast, West Indies failed to qualify for the tournament – an indictment of the current standing of England's once illustrious hosts in current world cricket.

There is also a decidedly unfamiliar ring to the home squad thanks largely to the interminable political wranglings in the Caribbean these days and to an evident will to wipe the slate clean under the regime comprising director of cricket Jimmy Adams and coach Stuart Law.

For England, the complications which continue to afflict Caribbean cricket spell an opportunity to restate their own aspirations as an outstandingly talented white-ball team - but mean too that any failure to take advantage will be harshly judged.

England are 1/4 to win the series while the hosts are 3/1 to come out on top or 7/5 to at least avoid a whitewash by managing a 2-1 defeat.

Morgan's men have every right to be optimistic that, after defeats in both short formats in India over the past month, they ought to be able to put themselves back on track.

They lost both the ODI and Twenty20 series in India, but by a margin of only 2-1 each, and anything other than routine victory over the next two weeks will be a major blow to those Champions Trophy credentials.