With the series already in the bag, the final ODI between England and West Indies to be played at Headingley on Friday will merely be a formality for
The visitors, on the other hand, will be looking to salvage some pride on a disappointing
tour thus far.
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England comprehensively won yet again, this time by eight wickets, as they chased
down the 239-run target with five overs to spare.
While the match was overshadowed by the shocking death of 23-year old Tom Maynard
two days before the match, captain Alastair Cook starred with the bat,
scoring 112 while Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott played around him.
With the series decided, England have decided to rest their frontline bowlers
ahead of the Australian ODIs, leaving out Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann. They have been replaced by Stuart Meaker, Chris Woakes and
James Tredwell. In addition, Jade Dernbach, who was granted compassionate leave
for the last ODI, has been retained in the squad.
The rotation policy has met with some criticism as well with experts suggesting
such changes will not attract audiences to the stadium.
West Indies would have hoped for a better outcome with Chris Gayle finally
back in the side. His typically-aggressive half-century did give them some hope.
However, the rest of the batsmen failed to build on the impressive work with
the exception of Dwayen Bravo. The bowlers had the going tough and Darren
Sammy will be expecting better results from them in the final ODI.
With a relatively experimental side being played by England, the visitors will
not find a better opportunity to save themselves some pride and register a win.
Sunil Narine has had little impact in the matches so far and he will be keen to
make an impression in the final ODI.
The match will be played at Headingley starting at 10.45am local time.