Night everybody and welcome to the third set on this five-setter. It’s completely poised at 1-1, however West Indies have been the higher workforce, profitable the primary set 6-0 and solely shedding the second 7-6, after being 5-0 down. That’s sufficient of that analogy – anybody for cricket?
It’s been absorbing stuff, with West Indies shaping up suspiciously properly for the world’s tenth-ranked workforce and England fighting their demise bowling, simply as they did within the World Cup semi-final in opposition to New Zealand. In actual fact England have a wider drawback: their right-arm seam bowling as an entire.
Over the previous yr in T20 internationals, England’s spinners have averaged 17 runs per wicket and their left-arm seamers 19, whereas the right-arm seamers have solely managed 31. It’s a lot the identical story with financial system charges: spinners 6.64 runs per over, lefties 6.78, righties 8.23. (With thanks, as so usually, to Stats Guru.) The person figures recommend that England are lacking Jofra Archer, as you’d count on, however they’re additionally lacking Sam Curran, whose common, financial system and strike price over the previous yr are all higher than Archer’s.
The seamer struggling essentially the most is the one Eoin Morgan makes use of essentially the most – Chris Jordan. A pillar of this workforce, he’s all of a sudden doing higher as a batter than a bowler. Morgan’s dilemma tonight is whether or not to stick with Jordan, hoping he finds his mojo and his yorker, or to ship for one more leftie to workforce up with Reece Topley, whose comeback on Sunday evening, after a protracted and winding lay-off, was a triumph. Morgan has three different lefties up his sleeve – Tymal Mills, the grasp of the slower ball, who performed within the first match of this sequence; George Garton, who’s fast and might bat as properly; and David Payne, who can be a seasoned novice within the Scott Boland mould.
Morgan doesn’t are inclined to make many modifications, although, and he could have a unique one in thoughts – one Liam in lieu of one other. Liam Livingstone, who has been out with oesophagitis (a ache within the throat), is considered match once more and will exchange Liam Dawson because the third spinner, in addition to sparking up England’s big-hitting. West Indies, in the meantime, are anticipated to stay with an almost-winning workforce.
The venue, as for the entire sequence, is Bridgetown, Barbados. There’s some rain forecast however just for the primary hour, which shouldn’t mess issues up. Play begins at 8pm GMT (3pm native time), so do drop again round 7.35pm for information of the toss, the groups and the tally of lefties.