The third and the final Test match between West Indies and South Africa will be played at Barbados in Bridgetown and will see the tourists try and win the series 2-0. They had won all the five ODIs and two T20Is, before winning the first game of this Test series but a dead pitch at St. Kitts coupled with some bad weather ensured a drawn second game. >
West Indies will know that their batting in the second game of the series was something that should have happened long ago on the tour. Despite it being a flat track one needs to give it to their side given that for the rest of the games, the batting has been largely shaky and made it difficult for the bowlers as well.>
South Africa seemed to have continued from where they left off when they batted first and once they piled up the 500 plus score, it looked like the West Indies side had to do a lot more than what they have done on the tour so far. They actually managed to do that and in the end, the draw would have sounded sweet given the manner in which they batted.
The West Indian team will make one change to their side at least, and Travis Dowlin will be out, and in his place, it will Dale Richards coming in. Richards had had a decent run in the ODIs, and should have been a part of the Tests from the first game itself. Apart from him, the hosts could also contemplate bringing in Darren Sammy to add the medium pace variety on a track that will make it difficult for the spinners.
South Africa should go into the game unchanged. They will also go into the game as hardcore favourites and I do not see how the side will be beaten. They go in at 4/5 (Boylesports) favourites to clinch this one, and even a draw is at 7/5 (Stan James). If, and that is a big, big if, West Indies do manage to win this, the ones putting their money on them will get a 12/1 (Sky Bet) for their efforts. Mind you, that is a huge if, given the way the West Indian side has performed in the recent past!