England odds-on to seal series whitewash

Cricket Preview: England odds-on to seal series whitewash

2017-03-08
A preview of the third ODI in Barbados.

England are determined to complete a 3-0 series whitewash of West Indies and are 33/100 to do so with victory in Barbados on Thursday.

The tourists claimed a four-wicket win in the second one-day international in Antigua and could be expected to ease off now they have an unassailable lead.

West Indies are 23/10 to take advantage but England batsman Joe Root insists maintaining the winning run is important for confidence ahead of this summer's Champions Trophy.

“There's been so many good things to come out of these first two games,” said the Yorkshire batsman. “I hope more than anything we all know what our roles are within the squad - leading into a major tournament - and [we need] to gain momentum before such a big summer for us in white-ball cricket.

“I think it's really important now we don't just stop at two and we're really clinical and try to make sure we play in the same manner when we get to Barbados. We've got to be smart and make sure we get the job done.”

Root held the England innings together in the second ODI with 90 not out to help the tourists get over the line despite slipping to 124-6 chasing 226 for victory.

He is 3/1 to be England’s leading batsman in Barbados and 5/4 to make another half-century, with 17/20 on offer for any batsman to make a century.

Although England have won both matches, there has been little to choose between the teams in terms of clearing the rope. The tourists hit five sixes in the first match compared to four by West Indies while both teams managed three maximum hits on Sunday.

With that in mind, a draw in the team to hit most sixes market looks good value at 13/2, with England the 9/10 favourites.