Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: England vs West Indies 2nd Test
The 2nd match of the three-match Test series between England and West Indies will be played at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
Most would have been surprised with the way in which West Indies performed in the opening Test of the three-match series. It is true that they did have the best of the conditions with them offered to bowl under cloudy conditions and the pitch getting a lot better when their turn to bat came.
However, the turning point of the game came in the last session of day 4 when Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph bowled some serious heat and dismissed five English batsmen within 15 overs to hand themselves the advantage.
Jermaine Blackwood, who now averages 55 in seven Tests against England, then produced an exceptional innings of 95 to help West Indies close to the line.
The visitors have now won 4 of their 6 Tests against England under the captaincy of Jason Holder and he will be be a key prayer for West Indies with both bat and ball. On the contrary, England have now lost their first test of a series 8 times in the last 11 series and will be out to to make amends.
While the return of Joe Root will strengthen their batting line-up, Stuart Broad is expected to return in place of Mark Wood.
West Indies are likely to go in with the same playing XI. They will expect Kemar Roach to have a big impact in this game, who was unfortunate in the last match to not get a wicket. West Indies will hope that the Man of the Match in the last game, Shannon Gabriel recovers in time and is at his 100 percent when his opportunity arrives.
Roston Chase, who made valuable contributions with the bat - more than the runs, the time he spent at the crease - and two wickets in the last game, will be another key player for West Indies.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
West Indies - John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich(wk), Jason Holder(c), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - England
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Joe Root (England), Shai Hope (West Indies)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jofra Archer (England), Shannon Gabriel (West Indies)
Most Sixes – Ben Stokes (England), Jermaine Blackwood (West Indies)
Man of the Match – Ben Stokes
Team Scores Batting first – England 300+, West Indies 260+
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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