Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: England vs West Indies 1st Test
The 1st match of the three-match Test series between England and West Indies will be played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.
As international cricket returns in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, cricket will have a few new realities. Apart from a ban on spit-shining the ball, both teams will have an additional DRS review that will accompany non-neutral umpires.
The teams will be able to field Covid-19 replacements, just like the concussion subs. Possibly, the oddest thing will be the absence of high-fives while celebrating a wicket.
Despite all of this, the Wisden Trophy has the fans excited to the hilt. Out of a total of 27 Wisden Trophy series, West Indies have won 14 and England have won 9 while 4 series have been drawn.
However, this is more a reflection of West Indies' glorious past and England have been the dominant side in the recent past, winning or retaining four of the last five Wisden trophies. West Indies though are the current champions with a 2-1 victory on the England tour of West Indies in early 2019.
In the absence of regular captain Joe Root, Ben Stokes will lead England. Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley will open the batting while Joe Denly and Zak Crawley will be slotted at 3 and 4 respectively.
Dom Bess is the team's leading spinner and the only spinner in the primary squad. He will make the XI alongside Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Mark Wood is likely to pip Jofra Archer as the third seamer.
West Indies will bank on Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope for a majority of their runs. All-rounders Roston Chase and Jason Holder will form the backbone of the team. Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel will be joined by Alzarri Joseph to form the pace battery.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes (c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Dom Bess, Mark Wood/Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
West Indies - Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - England
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Joe Denly (England), Shai Hope (West Indies)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – James Anderson (England), Kemar Roach (West Indies)
Most Sixes – Ben Stokes (England), Jermaine Blackwood (West Indies)
Man of the Match – Ben Stokes
Team Scores Batting first – England 280+, West Indies 230+
Match Handicap England
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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