England finally won a game on Saturday and what a victory it was! They chased down 222 in 19.5 overs, to register a record run chase against the West Indies and their second biggest of all time in T20's. Now we move on to Trinidad and Tobago for the 4th T20, as England aim to level the series.
Saturday's victory was an important one for a number of reasons. Not only does it keep the series alive, at 2-1 with two games to play, but it also put an end to an atrocious run of form over the last few months and was just their 5th win in the last 15 games across the white-ball format.
Perhaps more importantly than both, was a nod to the future, as 27-year-old Phil Salt and 24-year-old Harry Brook smashed England (8/11) to a momentous victory and indicated there will be good times ahead for this limited-overs squad in the near distance.
Salt's magnificent 109* off just 56 balls looked to have come at a cost, as he was visibly drained at the end of the match, after such a ridiculous effort. Brook's 31* in just seven balls took the absurd to the extreme, with some plain daft striking of the ball in the latter overs.
Andre Russell was the man on the end of that last-over mauling and as he sunk to the floor, as Brook scythed another boundary through third man to secure the win, it raised the question of just how much this win had taken out of the West Indies (21/20) for the rest of the series.
Jos Buttler was back in the runs himself on Saturday and if the captain can somehow grind a win out of this series, you get the feeling it could be a real turning point in his career as skipper of the side.
England to win - 8/11
It felt like England had turned a corner after Saturday's win and you only need to look at the celebration and release from Salt and Brook at the end, to see how much it meant to get the win.
It has been a torrid few months for the squad, including the abject attempt to defend their 50-over world crown and it's now important, ahead of a massive 2024, to start building some momentum heading into the new year.
They still have a huge distance to go, especially with the ball, but I think they can maintain that winning feeling again here at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad & Tobago.
Rovman Powell top WI run scorer - 13/2
The West Indies skipper is having a superb T20 series, with scores of 31*, 50 and 39 and I feel he can contribute again here.
Powell is a blistering hitter and already has 10 maximums to his name across the three matches.
If Reece Topley can strike early against the top order, it could be up to the 30-year-old to rebuild the innings in the middle overs and it's certainly a task he's capable of.
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