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Rupert Wyman 28th Mar 2009 - 20:34

Humiliated England seek some pride

England were humiliated in the third one-day international against the West Indies on Friday. The hosts won by eight wickets after an abysmal batting performance.

Andrew Strauss' side will be hoping for a much-improved display in Barbados in the fourth one-dayer on Sunday.

The same old problems have continued to haunt England and if it wasn't for John Dyson being unable to count how many wickets had been lost in the first ODI then England would have lost the series already.

As it is they only trail 2-1 and remarkably still have a chance of winning the five-match series despite two inept displays.

England are 11/10 outsiders for Sunday's encounter with West Indies the 4/6 favourites.

There can be no way that England will play as badly as they did on Friday, posting their 15th worst ever ODI total of just 117.

While the batting line-up continues to confuse itself with very few of the batsman seemingly aware of the role they are to play and how to dictate an innings, England should still be able to post a competitive total, especially against a West Indies side who are themselves not a great side and with their own problems too.

The West Indies players are threatening to boycott the fifth one-dayer of the series over a pay dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Therefore the Windies' concentration cannot be totally on the match and England could possibly sneak a win.

Kevin Pietersen so far has done his talking off the field criticising Shivnarine Chanderpaul and telling of his frustration of losing the captaincy. But if there is one thing KP does it is prove his critics wrong time and time again.

The South African-born batsman has had a very poor series so far averaging just 10.66 with the bat and a highest score of 17, but he could well do his talking on the field for the first time in a while and therefore looks like the one to back in the top England batsman market at 11/4.

The other batsman of note is Owais Shah. The Middlesex man is a 5/1 shot and has the second best average for England in the series with 33.66.

For the West Indies after his destructive display on Friday it is hard to look past captain Chris Gayle at 10/3. But with him leading the war of words with the WICB then it may be better to look elsewhere.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, unlike Pietersen, has been doing his talking the only way he knows how, by accumulating runs. The Guyanan has an average of 161.00 with a fantastic strike-rate of 96.40. He looks a bit of value at 7/2 to score the most runs.

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The return of all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been a massive boost for the West Indies bowling attack. He has taken the most wickets of anyone so far, eight, at an average of 15.50. Bravo is 3/1 to take the most wickets in the fourth ODI and is preferred over co-favourite Fidel Edwards.

For the tourists Andrew Flintoff returned to the line-up on Friday but did not score a run nor take a wicket. He should be better on Sunday and looks like the one to back at 3/1 in the top England bowler market.

Another humiliation for England could well be the final nail in the coffin for Andrew Strauss' captaincy, at least in the limited overs formats. So England will be going all out for victory and hope to prove that they are not the laughing stock that many think that they are in the one-day game. Join us from 14:30 when the action starts and our betlive service begins offering a wide range of in-play betting opportunities.

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