Mascarenhas eyes reversal

England v West Indies
Dimitri Mascarenhas

Dimitri Mascarenhas claimed 3-26 in 10 highly economical overs during Sunday's win

Dimitri Mascarenhas is hoping his own example of fluctuating fortunes can help England complete a stunning turnaround and claim a one-day series triumph over West Indies.

The tourists looked set for a series defeat following Friday's eight-wicket loss at the Kensington Oval when they were dismissed for 117 and West Indies completed victory in just 14.4 overs of their reply.

Hampshire all-rounder Mascarenhas' fortunes were also at a low ebb having been hammered for 24 in one over by Chris Gayle, only three matches after forcing his way back into England's one-day plans.

But just 48 hours later Mascarenhas dusted himself down and played a key role in England's nine-wicket win at the same venue, bowling with accuracy and skill to claim 3-26 from his 10 overs to set up Friday's series decider in St Lucia.

It was an amazing reversal of fortunes for the 31-year-old, who said: "That's just the game of cricket. "Chris Gayle is an amazing player as he showed again yesterday and I was fortunate enough not to have to bowl to him.

"I just keep trying to do what I do best, put the ball on the spot, change the pace a little bit and hopefully pick up a few wickets and not go for many runs.

"One day you can go for a few and the next day you can get 3-20, that's just how it is. To be honest, I didn't actually do anything different in the two games.

"If you haven't already been hit for 24 or 30 in an over or whatever it is, at some stage in your career you're going to get hit for that - that's just what happens as a bowler.

"I don't think too many guys really get down about going for a few runs. It's going to happen and you're going to come out better for it anyway."

The same applies to the England team as a whole, who reacted to Friday's defeat by cancelling the day off planned for the following day and instead returned to the scene of the crime for a practice session and team meeting.

Andrew Flintoff & Dimitri Mascarenhas

Andrew Flintoff and Mascarenhas combined to pick up two West Indies scalps in the nine-wicket win

The hardline approach worked with England exploiting a favourable Duckworth/Lewis target to cruise home with nine balls to spare and the tourists now believe they can take that momentum into Friday's decider at the Beausejour Stadium.

"It was a humiliating loss (on Friday), we got absolutely pumped," admitted Mascarenhas. "As professional sportsmen no one ever wants to lose, we're desperate to win every game and to lose like that is embarrassing.

"Everyone was very happy at turning it around in a huge way, it was a pretty convincing win. We've shown what we can do, we've just got to keep repeating that.

"It hasn't been the best of winters for the England cricket team as yet, but we've got a really huge chance next Friday to turn that right around and come away with a series win in the West Indies which would be a great effort."

England travelled from Barbados to St Lucia overnight and will follow a similar routine to the preparation for their back-to-back matches at the Kensington Oval, which will involve fitness training tomorrow (Tuesday) before practising at the ground on Wednesday and Thursday.

"We've got four or five days now to get our heads around what's required in the next game," added Mascarenhas.

"There might be different conditions and all those sorts of things are a factor, but we'll go into that game with a lot of confidence knowing we're up and we can beat these guys.

"If we play our game we can beat them, but we need to play our game - we can't play anybody else's. If we play to our strengths we can go out there and beat the West Indies on their home turf."

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