England begin their five-match ODI series against Windies at old Trafford on Tuesday and our man Tuffers is here to preview the action exclusively for BetBright…
West Indies are T20 kings at the moment, but in the one day-ers they failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy so are coming into this One Day Series against England without much prior form.
England (4/11) are ranked 4th, four places above the visitors (2/1), so in terms of who should be coming out on top at Old Trafford, both form and the betting markets suggests this should be England’s.
Marlon Samuels and Ben Stokes will reignite their on-going feud which will be interesting to watch, especially with Stokesy only having one demerit point left before he gets banned, which could well jeopardise his Ashes involvement.
I think this one is going to be an explosive series, full of controversy with many, many talking points and I’d love to hear some of the sledging that’s going to happen!!
There’ll be some big hits and some huge sixes between two ODI sides who both have something to prove.
People are speaking very highly of Evin Lewis, who has a nice, simple technique and I’d expect him to get some runs on the board – when the ball’s there to be hit, he’s more than willing to give it a good WHACK! Lewis will open the batting with Chris Gayle for the West Indies and England will need to do a very good job of keeping this pair quiet.
Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor return to the side so Windies have got a few of their more experienced players back and I think it’s going to be a closely fought series – especially when it’s being played at the end of the summer where the condition of the wicket can bring sides closer together. It’s going to be juicy, cold and damp so I really can’t wait for a keenly contested series here.
From England’s point of view, Hales seems in good form and has been battling well for Notts so he will be looking to make a good impression – he looked in good nick in the Twenty20, so I’m expecting a good performance from him.
For me, Liam Plunkett has really established himself from an England bowling perspective and is their go-to man with the ball. Adil Rashid will always get you wickets and both will be at the heart of the bowling for England during this series.
Rashid is 3/1 to be England’s top wicket taker and Plunkett is currently 10/3 – I’m sure it’ll be between the two of them, so there are some relatively decent odds there if it goes as expected.
I tipped up Ben Stokes to be England’s top run scorer in the final test against The West Indies – I hope you all got on that 6/1 shot?!
Joe Root (11/4) is going to be the guy that will stay in the batting, tick over with all the powerhouses around him and look to knock it about, while the all-rounders will be looking to absolutely tee off!
Root can go out there, concentrate on his batting and just really enjoy the occasion. I’m sure he enjoys the responsibility of being England’s Test captain, but with that, there comes added responsibility and so with Morgan in charge of the One Day side, Joe can just turn up, focus on number one and express himself with the bat.
Shai Hope would be a great shout to be West Indies top run scorer and at 7/2, this would be a good bet for me.
But then again, it could be a case of ‘take your pick’, when you bear in mind the opening partnership of Lewis (3/1) who looks like a proper player and then there’s the experience of Gayle (3/1) and Samuels (9/2), but if you’re looking for a bit of a punt, why not go for Shai Hope at 7/2!
I’m backing Jerome Taylor at 3/1 to be West Indies’ top wicket taker- he got Jason Roy out first ball at the weekend and I have a feeling he’s going to take a few more at Old Trafford.
England have won six of their last ten ODI’s at Old Trafford, with West Indies only winning one match back in 1975, so the psychology of this might play into England’s hands somewhat and at 11/4, the betting also suggests this is England’s to win.
It’s going to be an explosive series, with big hitters knocking about, which will be thoroughly exciting to watch. The only thing about this series though, is that because it’s so late on in the summer, the conditions may bring the two sides closer together, so it won’t all go England’s way.
I can’t wait to watch an explosive, fiery encounter between the two sides and I’m predicting England to win the series 3-2!!
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