England To Win the Match, 1.30
Both teams have a very strong bowling attack and a weak top-order
West Indies batting is inexperienced and definitely weaker than England’s
England has the advantage of playing in home-conditions
ABOUT THE MATCH
The start of the first test match between England and the West Indies is upon us. Both the teams are fully stacked with almost all their players available and have a pretty similar team balance as well. There are plenty of questions to be answered as the teams get ready for the start of the series. Which pace attack will be able to utilize the conditions better? Is the lack of the crowd an issue that some players will adjust to better than others.
Also, this time, we are going to be updating the cricket betting tips after every day of play so keep checking back for the latest!
England vs West Indies 1st test match 2020 is going to be played at the Rose Bowl, Southampton from the 8th of July 2020.
England has gone with an expected squad of 13 for the first test. The batting order is right there for everyone to see but there is a lot of confusion regarding the bowing choices. Let’s start with the easy stuff.
England is going to line up with Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, and Joe Denly as their top-4. This is an obvious weakness of the England team. None of these players have been consistent in the chances that they have got. One of them would have missed out had Joe Root been available which puts the pressure on them to make this chance count.
The middle-order is very strong. Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, and Jos Buttler are formidable. They can counter-attack, hunker down, or just play their natural game. This is where England has the biggest advantage especially if the top-order can see off the new ball.
England is likely to pick Dominic Bess in the side as the lone spinner. Southampton always offers a little something to the spinners and so his role may be pretty important as the match goes on. James Anderson is sure to play this match but the remaining two bowlers are not clear.
Jofra Archer is the brightest young star of English cricket while Stuart Broad has proven himself to be very effective in home conditions. Mark Wood picked up nine wickets in the previous completed match and is actually the fastest bowler in the group.
Any of these two is going to be a good option but it looks like Stuart Broad is going to miss out.
England has a fantastic bowling attack and a batting side that is better than the West Indies.
It is going to be very difficult for the West Indies to win the series or even a match on this tour. They managed to pull off a remarkable chase in Headingley the last time they were in the UK but that was a freak result.
West Indies batting is a huge concern and a lot will depend on Kraig Brathwaite and Shai Hope. There is very little proven talent apart from these two and even these two players don’t average 30 in Test cricket. Shane Dowrich has been excellent down the order but he is not someone that enjoys the moving ball too much.
The manner in which these two players are able to fend off the new ball is going to be very crucial.
John Campbell is a naturally aggressive player and should play his natural game. Along with Rakheem Cornwall down the order, Campbell is one of the players that we think could be a surprise success on this tour.
Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, and Jason Holder round out the batting lineup which looks decidedly worrying. Brooks is inexperienced while Holder is returning from injury.
There is talent, no doubt, but to consistently be able to score runs against a class bowling attack in foreign conditions is not something we would bank on.
If the West Indies has to pull off a win, then it has to bowl like it did in the last home series against England. Its fast-bowling unit is very good and must ask questions of the English batting.
Kemar Roach is the bowler we think is going to be the most dangerous but others like Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, and Rakheem Cornwall are very dangerous too. West Indies have the option of picking Raymon Riefer too but that could possibly mean leaving Roston Chase out.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first even though there is some rain around. Batting fourth on a pitch that starts to break up is going to be very difficult.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
There has been some rain predicted on the first two days of the test match that could take some time out of the game. The weather is expected to be much better for the last three days of the test and so there should be plenty of time for a result.
The pitch at Southampton is going to be a bit more bowler-friendly than usual. There is no saliva allowed to shine the ball and this is could be compensated for with a bit more grass. The surface underneath is dry and always takes turn around the third or fourth day of play.
It would be great for cricket if the West Indies came out and won this test match. Unfortunately, we cannot advise you to bet on what we would like to happen but rather on what we think will happen. England has a world-class bowling attack, a better batting side than the West Indies, and is playing in home conditions.
They have to be the team to back. You can even look for opportunities with in-play betting at times when the West Indies team has an upper hand.
Bet on England to win.