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England rotation policy to continue in third West Indies ODI

| 22.06.2012

As they did in the final match of their recent Test series, England are set to ring the changes for their final one-day international with West Indies, which they are 4/6 to win.

In a similar state of affairs as the aforementioned series, the Three Lions have roared into a 2-0 lead over their opponents, and thus the third ODI takes on less significance than it perhaps usually would.

This considered, first-choice bowling options Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, and Tim Bresnan are set to be rested after taking part in England’s eight wicket victory on Tuesday.

Surrey seamer Stuart Meaker, Warwickshire paceman Chris Woakes, and Kent offspinner James Tredwell have been selected in their place, and Tredwell in particular admitted his surprise at his inclusion.

“It was a bit of a surprise when I got the call on Tuesday night but they are resting three players and there are three places to fill,” he told Kent Online.

“I’m in an unfortunate position because I have got Graeme Swann ahead of me and he’s been doing well but hopefully if I get the chance to play, I can showcase my skills and try to make sure they keep me in mind.”

Tredwell’s inclusion should not deter punters from getting behind further England success at a generous 4/6, should the spinner be able to replicate the sort of form he has demonstrated for his county this season.

His eight wickets from five games at an average of 18.75 has been impressive, whilst an average exceeding 30 with the bat shows he could prove useful at the crease for England too.

What should also encourage punters is the fact that England avoided defeat when initially utilising this rotation policy, when James Anderson missed out on the third and final Test against the West Indies earlier this month.

His replacement Graham Onions went onto claim four wickets in that match, and eager-to-impress understudies should contribute to an England triumph again on Friday.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee