West Indies vs England
England have more than just the spin factor to pay heed to. Reuters

England might have lost the T20 series but will look forward to end the West Indies tour with a consolation win, ahead of the World T20 that starts in three days. The Brits have been outplayed in all departments in the first two T20s and have a lot to work to do, before the start of play in Bridgetown.

England coach Ashley Giles pointed out there is something fundamentally wrong with English cricket, having avoided exposure to spin for so long. He gave a call for the doosra to be taken to England and recognises that spin is not the only factor for their five-in-a-row defeats in T20s.

"Sure, we're concerned," Giles said. "We've lost five in a row. Clearly we're not playing very good Twenty20 cricket and we haven't done well for a period now.

"We're just not getting into matches. That's the biggest concern. Four of the last five occasions we've been three down at six overs. The other time we were two down. If you consistently do that, you're behind the eight ball. As good as the players we've got coming into our middle order, it's very difficult for them to salvage games from those positions.

"We're consistently having problems with spin as well, we need the skills to be able to combat mystery spin. It doesn't matter whether it is legspinner or an offspinner who spins it both ways. We need to be able to deal with these situations. Otherwise we're trying to up-skill people heading into world tournaments and that's just too late.

"We need to make sure that, when guys come into this environment, they have the skills to deal with spin and spin that goes both ways. A bit of that is playing on wickets that do turn. We shouldn't be teaching them new skills at that level. They should have some of that stuff ingrained, and then we fine tune it."

West Indies, on the other hand, have positive worries as Krishmar Santokie, who was on the sidelines, came up with a man-of-the-match performance in Barbados, grabbing the opportunity that came his way, while Samuel Badree has also looked crisp. However, their top-class spinner Sunil Narine might be rested today to keep him fresh for their battle to defend the World T20 title in Bangladesh.

So can England come up with answers for spin and the Chris Gayle factor? The 3rd T20 promises to be a match of great expectations from both sides.

Expected lineups: West Indies: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy (c), Andre Russell, Krishmar Santokie, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree

England: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell, Chris Jordan, Stephen Parry

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