Cricket Betting Odds: England need Bridgetown response

England head into Saturday’s fourth T20 international against the West Indies 2-1 down in the series, and a quick response is what must be on the menu for the Three Lions when they take to the Kensington Oval pitch once again.

Captain Eoin Morgan said ahead of the five-match series that the importance was on development over results as his squad, missing all but one of the players that featured in the 4-0 Ashes defeat, looked to impress against the Windies.

England, the number one ranked T20 team in the world, were rightly the favourites to win the series as they went up against a West Indies side in transition following a dismal 2021 T20 World Cup campaign.

During that tournament last year, the Windies were bowled out by the Three Lions for just 55 in Group 1, a chastening defeat that gave the Caribbean outfit serious questions to answer as they won just one of their five matches.

The Windies have certainly proved some of the doubters wrong during this home series, and Wednesday’s fantastic 20-run victory, spearheaded by Rovman Powell’s majestic century, shows they are getting back on the right track.

It could have so easily been 3-0 to the West Indies, who only lost the second T20 by one run in a thrilling contest, and they will head into Saturday’s fourth Twenty20 full of confidence as they look to wrap up the series.

Powell became only the third batter from his country after Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis to hit a T20 international ton, and he can be backed at 7/1 with Betfred to be his team’s top run-scorer on Saturday.

England will be hoping to respond in rapid fashion, and there were some positives to take out of Wednesday’s defeat, with Tom Banton scoring 73 off 39 and T20 debutant Phil Salt hitting 57 off 24.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was as good as ever, finishing with figures of 1-25 from his four overs, and he is 12/5, the same price as Tymal Mills, to be his team’s top wicket-taker in the fourth T20.

While Rashid worked his magic, his fellow bowlers struggled to produce the same consistency and threat with ball in hand, with George Garton, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali and Mills all going for 13 or more an over.

Expect England to mix up the bowling attack again with the likes of Saqib Mahmood and Chris Jordan pushing for recalls, while Liam Dawson could also be brought back into the starting XI.

Morgan missed the third T20 due to a tight quad, and it remains to be seen whether he is risked for Saturday’s contest. Moeen is expected to deputise if the skipper doesn’t make it back in time.

Although being 2-1 down in the series, England are 4/6 favourites to win the fourth T20 and set up a deciding clash on Sunday, while the West Indies are 6/5 to triumph again.

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Author: Paula Allen