WI v Eng 2nd ODI: Precarious victory will hopefully get ball rolling for England
Broad got his bowling options and fielding placings right - and batted well too...
Last Updated: 03/03/14 10:10am
The tourists levelled the series 1-1 after an unbeaten stand of 58 between Ravi Bopara (38no) and skipper Stuart Broad (28no) rescued a run-chase that at 105-7 was in danger of falling apart.
At that point England, who bowled the Windies out for 159 in 44.2 overs, seemed destined to suffer their 14th loss in 15 games but Botham believes that having survived the wobble, Broad's side can kick on to better things.
"The problem is that when you haven't won for such a long time, all of those demons come into your head. It's just a confidence thing," the former England all-rounder told Sky Sports.
"But who knows? Hopefully this win - although somewhat precarious at times - will start the ball rolling for them.
"There's nothing wrong at all with the fielding. I thought Stuart Broad was good with his captaincy - I thought he shuffled the bowlers around well.
"Two or three bowlers bowled one or two overs too many in the previous game but he got it right today and his field placing was good, and he followed it up with a good performance with the bat at the end.
"England bowled the West Indies out - the bowlers did their job and they did it well. England should actually have won this comfortably but they made it hard work, but it wouldn't be the same without a few 'incidents' with the England batting line-up!
"But having said that they've won and maybe we'll see a new England on Wednesday."
England made one alteration to the team that lost the opening match of the series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, in Antigua, by 15 runs, bringing in left-arm spinner Stephen Parry for his debut in place of seamer Chris Jordan.
Once again batsmen Alex Hales (hamstring) and Eoin Morgan (knee) missed out due to injury and Botham's Sky Sports colleague David Lloyd says that if England are to make any changes to their line-up for Wednesday's series decider, he expects it be in the attack rather than the batting line-up.
"Injury-wise, I don't think Eoin Morgan is good at all - his knee is like a balloon," said Lloyd.
"Alex Hales would have a chance of coming back into the team but I don't think they'll change it too much; I don't think they need to change the seamers too much.
"But I just wonder if they will go in with four spinners again because we're changing to a new pitch for Wednesday's game - it's two along from this one and it has not been played on - so one of the seamers might come back in.
"You don't see England with four spin bowlers in the side very often and from a captaincy view-point I thought Stuart Broad handled them well and gave them catchers around the bat.
"I don't think these are two of the best teams in world cricket and they are both striving for consistency but at 1-1 I think the series is set up really well.
"The buzz phrase is that this is a 'work in progress'; I'm certain that England are going to get something from Morgan when he eventually plays, because he's a wonderful player.
"I'd like to see more from Ben Stokes, who is a touch subdued. But all in all they needed to win this game and they've done it."
Watch the third and final ODI between the West Indies and England live on Sky Sports 2 from 1pm.