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England out for Windies revenge

England out for Windies revenge


Having been pushed harder than expected in the Test series, England will be looking to prove a point in the limited-overs clashes with the West Indies.

Five one-day internationals are on the cards, but first up is a T20 clash at Chester-le-Street on Saturday evening, where England are 10/19 to exact revenge for a heart-breaking defeat in the final of the last ICC World Twenty20.

In that game Carlos Brathwaite smashed four successive sixes off Ben Stokes in the final over to win the game, so Stokes may be forgiven for being a little relieved to be rested for this rematch.

However, there are still plenty of fireworks expected, with the respective opening partnerships likely to have a big say on the final outcome.

Chris Gayle returns to the Windies fold, but he could be overshadowed by Evin Lewis, who outshone his more illustrious colleague in the recent Caribbean Premier League.

Diminutive left-hander Lewis is 7/2 to be leading team batsman, while the big-hitting Brathwaite is very much an outside bet at 16/1.

For England Jason Roy and Alex Hales are set to open up, with Roy having a point to prove after struggling for form in the Champions Trophy and being dropped for Jonny Bairstow.

The Surrey man is 33/10 to be leading England batsman, while lower in the order Dawid Malan (4/1) might be a man to watch, having made 78 on his T20 debut against South Africa earlier this summer.

With the ball, England have a totally different line-up to their Test unit, with the likes of David Willey, Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett eager to impress.

Curran at 7/2 to be leading team bowler is a tempter, while north-east native Plunkett at 4/1 is also an option to consider.

The tourists will hope off-spinner Sunil Narine can find his form, having gone wicketless in seven of his last 11 T20 internationals.

Given that slump, 13/5 to be top team bowler may not be worth taking up, instead recalled fast bowler Jerome Taylor at 7/2 may offer more value.

Finally with conditions likely to far from ideal for batting, no fifties to be scored in the match at 59/20 is something to ponder, much more so than 5/1 for a hundred to be scored.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.