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International Cricket - Cricket: England set for Test decider

The West Indies take on England in Thursday's third Test (14:00) in Grenada and the series is on the line after hard-fought draws in the first two matches.

The main talking point in the England camp will be how to take the 20 wickets they need to claim victory at the National Stadium in St George's, having been frustrated by the home batters in Antigua and Barbados.

The tourists are 11/10 to win the third Test but the draw is also a big runner at 7/4 and the Windies are 7/2 to claim a 1-0 series victory. The match is available to watch on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

Bowling attack could be key for England

England have undoubtedly looked the more likely winners of the first two Tests, helped by captain Joe Root winning both tosses and batting first.

In both games Root has declared, dangling victory targets of around 280 for the hosts, but the West Indies batted out for draws, ending on 147-4 in Antigua and 135-5 at the Kensington Oval last Sunday.

England left out James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the top wicket-takers in their Test history, for this tour but their bowling plans have been disrupted by injuries to Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson.

Robinson, along with Craig Overton, is expected to return to the 11 for the third Test but England's leading wicket-taker in the series is spinner Jack Leach.

The left-armer has picked up 11 scalps in the first two matches although he has shouldered a huge workload, bowling just under 170 overs and taking a wicket every 92 balls – stats that reflect the attritional nature of the series so far.

Chris Woakes, England's most senior bowler in the absence of Anderson, Broad and Wood, has struggled again away from home, taking just two wickets at an average of 86.

Woakes is exceptionally skilled in English conditions, taking 94 wickets in 25 home Tests at an average of 22.63, but his average away from home is almost 55 with a strike-rate of a wicket every 107 deliveries.

The ever-willing Ben Stokes has bowled more overs in the series than anyone apart from spinner Leach but there were positives for England in the shape of Matt Fisher and Saqib Mahmood, who made their debuts in Barbados.

Fisher struck with his second ball in Test cricket while Mahmood ended up with four wickets (and bowled Jemaine Blackwood with a terrific yorker that was called a no-ball).

The Lancashire speedster also found some reverse swing to trouble the home batters and should retain his place despite the availability of Overton and Robinson.

Mahmood is 7/2 to be England's top first-innings bowler while Leach is 3/1 and leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, hoping for a Test debut, is 7/2.

England won the last Test match in Grenada by nine wickets in 2015 when their top bowlers in each innings were – you guessed it! – Broad (4-61) and Anderson (4-43).

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Captains leading by example

Root made an unbeaten 182 in the 2015 Grenada Test and the England captain is 3/1 to score his third century of the series this week.

However, opposite number Kraigg Brathwaite is also leading from the front with the bat, facing 673 balls for his 160 and 56 not out in the second Test.

That effort will surely have taken plenty out of Brathwaite but, like Root, he scored a ton in St George's seven years ago and he is a solid 12/5 to be the home side's top first-innings batter.

Big opportunity for Lawrence

England's recent Test struggles have meant an endless reshuffling of the batting order and new number four Dan Lawrence is hoping to make the most of his opportunity.

The Essex man followed up first-Test scores of 20 and 37 with a fearless 91 and 41 off 39 balls in Barbados, where he also contributed with the ball, and he is an intriguing 6/1 to be the tourists' top first-innings batter.

Stokes looks in the mood

Ben Stokes was not at his best during the 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, having come back after a long layoff, but England's star all-rounder has impressed in this series.

His bowling has been miserly and threatening despite the flat pitches and he produced a blistering innings of 120 at the Kensington Oval.

The left-hander scored 23 off the first 55 balls he faced before cracking 97 from the next 73 and a confident Stokes, 6/1 to be named player of the match, is a serious threat to the West Indies.

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