We saw a low scoring game at Old Trafford on Tuesday, but I think England did well to restrict the West Indies to just 204.
It was absolutely brilliant to see Bairstow hit his maiden One Day Century! He’s never let England down wherever he’s batted, but he’s been given the job of opening and he took it with both hands, making it look really easy – massive congratulations to him – I’m absolutely delighted for the lad!!
It was a bit of a cake walk for England after that; when one of the lads goes out and puts 100 on the board like Bairstow did, it takes all the pressure off the other guys and when you’re chasing a low score, more often than not, you come away with the win.
As I thought, Joe Root stuck in there, hitting a nice 54 and how about his catch which finally removed Chris Gayle – what a fantastic bit of fielding that was!!
Speaking of Chris Gayle, the visitors will be delighted to have him back in the side, especially when he’s scoring 37 off 27 balls and I’m expecting a backlash from the Windies at Trent Bridge, especially as England cruised to victory so easily at Old Trafford.
Historically, The West Indies have a superb track record at Trent Bridge, having won all but one of their One Day Internationals at the ground. England, on the other hand, have only beaten them there once in this format, so that psychological element will certainly play a part in helping Jason Holder to motivate his side.
Taking into account their record at the ground and the fire that’ll be well and truly roaring in their bellies, I’m going to have to back West Indies at 11/4 – as much as it pains me to go against my country!!!
Chris Gayle has also got a cheeky little record at the ground – he’s the 4th highest scoring, non-Englishman in One Day Cricket at Trent Bridge, with 179 runs. So, it’s set up rather nicely for him and with his decent performance in Manchester, my money’s on Gayle at 11/4 to be West Indies Top Run Scorer.
Speaking of records at the Nottinghamshire ground, Eoin Morgan(376) is the second highest run scorer in One Day cricket there, so it would be rude not to back him at 5/1 to get the most runs for England.
I like the look of Stokesy with the ball in the second match – he always gets it to swing at Trent Bridge and I remember him taking 6 wickets against the Ozzies there in the Ashes, so he’ll be looking to swing it round corners and I’ll be backing him to be England’s top wicket taker at 9/2.
I’m expecting Windies to be stung by that WALLOPING, after being knocked off after 30 overs, so I’ll be surprised if we don’t see a big performance from them in the second match – I’m still sticking to my guns though and maintain my prediction that England will win the series 3-2!
Have a good one,
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