The world didn’t stop spinning when we started playing with a pink ball in the first day-night test like they thought it might do!!
It was business as usual for Alastair Cook who piled on another fantastic knock, helped as usual, by Joe Root, but it was a shame not to see the lads in at 2,3 and 5 not taking their opportunity to put a strong marker down for their place in the test side.
Ok, Malan hit a nice 65 but Stoneman and Westley didn’t really take their chance – who knows, perhaps at Headingley one of the new boys might make a name for themselves but at the moment it’s just the same two churning out the runs for us!
Let’s be very clear, this is not the West Indies side of old and they’ll be very disappointed with their performance at Edgbaston. They bowled poor lines, bowled poor lengths and Cook and Rooty absolutely lapped it up – it was boys against men!!
As I said in last week’s Tuffers Talks, England’s seam bowlers would have been licking their lips at the prospect of facing this West Indies outfit and they polished them off with 19 wickets in one day – Crikey O’Riley!!!
It was a poor performance from the West Indies, and I can’t necessarily see it getting any better at Headingley…
With the bat, Kraigg Braithwaite, looks like he could get a few and Jermain Blackwood looks decent enough, so really, they’re the only two guys in their side who look like they can put a score together, or even resist the mighty force, which is the England bowling attack!
There’s lots of work for the West Indies to do and I think this one might be over sharpish as well!!!
I’m expecting virtually the same match at Headingley and the betting would also suggest this, with England priced at 1/9 and the visitors at even bigger odds than before the first test, at 16/1.
We’re back to a normal Test format this time but even so, I must admit that the visitors look like rabbits in the headlights against our lads!
It was a bit of a wildcard punt last week, but I tipped Stoneman to be the top run scorer in the first test – the poor lad was the only one of our boys who got a decent delivery all day and only ended up putting 8 on the board.
One of these lads in at 2,3 or 5 HAS GOT TO GET SOME RUNS FOR US, because they can’t keep relying on Rooty and Cook. Having said that though, these two will be looking to take the West Indies attack to the cleaners again!
At 5/1 I’d be prepared to give Stoneman the benefit of the doubt again and if you’re looking for a bit of value, then get on Malan at 9/1 to be the top run scorer in the 2nd Test.
One of these boys MUST take their opportunity one of these days and one of them HAS to stake a claim in the side.
I don’t want to ‘diss’ the West Indies team, but we’re not going to learn an awful lot about these lads in this series, so ahead of The Ashes, now is the time to really go out and get a big 100.
Looking at the top wicket taker then, and Broady (11/4) broke Ian Botham’s record again last week, so himself and Jimmy Anderson (11/4) are the top two wicket takers for England ever – a huge congratulations to him!
Toby Roland-Jones (3/1) bowled nicely last time and got a few wickets as well so I’m expecting more of the same this time around.
When you go to Headingley, you always look up… if the sun’s shining, you get some runs if it’s overcast, then bowl and stick your money on the seamers, who will have a field day.
Saying that, it’s not quite like the old days, when it was a seamer’s paradise, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Moeen Ali (7/2) went out and took a few in the 2nd innings actually – take your pick for the top wicket taker – our boys will be looking to do a demolition job on the visitors!
If all goes to plan, then the England lads will cruise to victory – let’s just hope Stoneman, Westley and Malan can put some high scores on the board and it’ll be Happy Days!!!
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