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Windies go for clean sweep
Barbadians are expected to show up at Kensington Oval today with ‘brooms’ as they are looking for a clean sweep from the West Indies team when they meet in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) from 2 pm.
Yesterday, a group of men were eagerly looking to gather old brooms at the Oistins Fish Market in Christchurch and will be at Kensington today armed with their collection, as the West Indies go into the match loading 2-0.
Meanwhile, the West Indies team is expected to give a run to Andre Fletcher, Sheldon Cotterrell and Johnson Charles, who have not featured in the series thus far. With the World Cup just a week away the defending champions would want all their players match ready and the trio is expected to come in.
Also making a return to the line up will be Sunil Narine, who was rested for the last game. West Indies skipper Darren Sammy says that the team has the right momentum going into the World Cup and they love to leave here with a 3-0 series win.
“We wanted to leave here with good momentum going into the World Cup,” Sammy said. “For two games it has been a complete team effort, I can’t fault the lads. In T20 cricket the momentum shifts at different times and we wanted to make sure we started well and we finished well. It feels good. It’s been a long time since we won a series, much less winning 3-0.”
England on the other hand will be aiming to stop their T20 slump which has seen them lose their last six matches on the trot. Going into the World Cup having lost seven matches leading up will be terrible for their confidence and stand in skipper Eoin Morgan knows that.
“The boys gave a better showing in the second game which is good but we were still not able to get a win. This is worrying with the World Cup ahead but we are hoping to turn things around in the last match of the series on Thursday,” said Morgan.
“We have enough power in the tank, but we’re just faltering at the very start. Finding the balance between being really positive and not losing wickets is difficult, and the margin for error when momentum is against you is very, very small.”
West Indies: Darren Sammy (Captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Sunil Narine, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith.
England: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell and Chris Jordan.