The conclusion of the West Indies tour sees a five match ODI series as follows
September 19 – 1st Royal London ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
September 21 – 2nd Royal London ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
September 24 – 3rd Royal London ODI, Brightside Ground, Bristol
September 27 – 4th Royal London ODI, Kia Oval, London
September 29 – 5th Royal London ODI, Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England have supplemented their T20 squad with Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes, all rounders from the test squad and it is a side with a series of potential batting match winners especially in Hales, Roy, Root and Morgan plus has a lot of seam bowling all-rounder depth. England’s form has improved dramatically in this format since a new more aggressive approach was adopted following the embarrassing early exit from the World Cup at the back end of 2015. This new approach has fortuitously coincided with an exciting crop of young players attuned to playing in the more modern ODI style.
West Indies meanwhile announced that Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels will play in the ODI matches. Gayle has not played in an ODI since 2015 but has been named in the 15-man squad following an improvement in relations between senior West Indies players and the board.
Gayle, 37, will be joined by Marlon Samuels and Evin Lewis with Jason Holder continuing to lead the side, but Sunil Narine, Dwayne and Darren Bravo are all unavailable. Star of the test series Shai Hope plays but the bulk of the 15 man squad is inexperienced and especially likely to be inexperienced in late season English conditions.
Odds for the series are England 1/4 and the West Indies 3/1 and indeed England should win the series. Because of the cramped outright price interest is in correct score prices and the most likely series results are England 3-2 and 4-1 both at 15/8
With weather likely to be a factor variance is higher than it might otherwise be. In good conditions, with England ranked 4th and the West Indies 9th, we should expect England to win the series comfortably but the possibility of shortened matches complicates matters. For correct scores, there could be a no result in the series too in the next fortnight
My idea of the “value” correct score is 3-2 England at 15/8 with Skybet