Welcome to coverage of the Third ODI between Windies and England at St George's in Grenada. Inspired performances from Shimron Hetmyer and Sheldon Cottrell took the hosts to a thrilling victory on Friday in Barbados to level the series and leave things tantalisingly poised with three matches to go. Eoin Morgan will be looking for a big improvement from his team today to justify their tag as World Cup favourites, they arrive here for their first ever ODI on this ground. There has been a bit of rain around in Grenada this morning, hence the delayed start, but the clouds have cleared and we are ready to get going. There is the chance of further showers later on so no surprise that England elect to field first upon winning the toss. Ben Stokes has a little injury niggle so he is replaced by Alex Hales, with Chris Woakes also returning in place of Tom Curran. Jason Holder has the luxury of naming an unchanged eleven after their winning display three days ago.
Bad news, the rain is back. We'll have further delays and probably a reduction in overs. Let's hope it clears quickly.
Unfortunately rain is the winner today in Grenada, no play at all has been possible. We reconvene at this same ground in two days time for the Fourth ODI, hopefully conditions are much more hospitable then.
Windies vs England, England in West Indies 2019
Feb 25 2019, Mon - 07:00 PM (IST)
England won the toss and elected to bowl.
National Cricket Stadium, St. George's, Grenada
Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Shai Hope (Windies) has been dismissed four times for the price of just 25 runs against England’s Ben Stokes in ODI cricket; the most often he’s been removed by a single bowler.
Joe Root requires nine runs to go above Paul Collingwood (5,092) as England’s third-highest ODI run-scorer; the Yorkshireman averages 69.8 against the Windies.
Chris Gayle has recorded three consecutive scores of 50+ in ODIs for the Windies, only twice before has he done this in four consecutive matches (2001/02 & 2002).
Chris Gayle needs 88 runs to become the 14th player to score 10,000 ODI runs and the second Windies player to do so (Brian Lara).
Of the 42 players to score 800+ ODI for the Windies only Andre Russell (130) has a higher strike rate than Shimron Hetmyer; the 22-year-old has the highest attacking shot rate (66%) of any player to face 20+ balls in this series so far.
The Windies and England have never completed an ODI at St George’s in Grenada against each other, a scheduled match in April 2004 was abandoned without a ball bowled.
The Windies have won their last five ODIs at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada, their last loss there coming in June 2008 against Australia.
The Windies’ victory in the second ODI ended a run of 10 consecutive defeats against England in this format, England have still claimed victory in 17 of their last 19 completed ODIs against the Windies though.
England have not lost consecutive ODIs since their first two matches of 2017, a pair of defeats to India.
After winning the second match of this ODI series the Windies are looking for back to back wins against England for the first time since 2009.