They are currently 2-0 up in the Test series and have had the wood over the English batsmen. England's batting is looking quite fragile and runs the risk of collapsing once again. The team has been dependent on lots of bits and pieces players from a long time and it does not come as a surprise that the move is beginning to misfire.
Proper batsmen are the need of the hour in Test cricket and this is what England is lacking. Even the likes of Joe Root and Jos Buttler have not been able to fire. Opener Rory Burns who was the pick of the batters in the last Test would be joined by Joe Denly. The bowling would mainly rest on the shoulders of James Anderson, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali.
Windies would look towards Kemar Roach who has been the wrecker-in-chief in the two matches till now. It was his five-wicket haul in the first innings of the first Test that set things rolling for the home side. He also bagged four-wicket hauls in both the innings of the last Test.
Alzarri Joseph and Roston Chase have also bowled well. With the bat, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich, Shimron Hetmyer and John Campbell have looked good. Darren Bravo also made a comeback with a half-century in the last Test.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Windies- Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Shane Dowrich (wk), Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel
England- Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes, Chris Woakes/Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Kraigg Brathwaite (Windies), Rory Burns (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kemar Roach (Windies), James Anderson (England)
Most Fours – Kraigg Brathwaite (Windies), Rory Burns (England)
Team Scores Batting first – England 250+, Windies 280+
*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 soon, so stay tuned.
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