England vs West Indies 1st Test Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 08/07/2020
England taking on the West Indies finally hails the return of international cricket following the coronavirus pandemic. It could also prove to be an interesting clash from a betting perspective.
This battle at the Rose Bowl is the first in a three-match Test series between the sides that also sees more World Test Championship points on the line.
Below we will provide you with free cricket betting tips and predictions, as well as the latest odds and team news.
England return to Test match action following their gutsy series success in South Africa.
However, make no mistake, the Windies will pose a tough challenge for the hosts and have enjoyed recent success over Joe Root’s men.
In fact, they have won three of the last five Tests between the two teams and their lively bowling attack means we could be in for an interesting tussle.
England vs West Indies 1st Test – Match Preview
Where: Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
When: Wednesday 8th July
Start Time: 16:30 (IST), 11:00 (GMT)
Pitch conditions: It’s difficult to assess how the pitch will play after a recent lack of action but in the past it has tended to be lively early before settling down into a decent track for the batsman.
Pace bowlers are helped but there is plenty in for spin as shown by Moeen Ali’s joy here in the past. England are also unbeaten at this venue from three outings.
Weather conditions: We will bring you updates on the expected weather conditions in Southampton as the contest nears.
England vs West Indies 1st Test – Latest Odds
It will come as no surprise that England are made hot favourites to continue their winning Test ways now back on home soil.
They are considered 1.22 (2/9) favourites with bet365 to secure victory in the first Test.
The Windies are available at 9.00 (8/1) to upset the hosts early in the series. The draw is priced up at 7.5 (13/2).
England vs West Indies 1st Test – Team News
England are yet to name their squad but do face the possibility of being without captain Joe Root due to the birth of his second child.
He has said he would be prepared to miss his first Test match since taking the role in 2017 with his wife due to give birth at the start of July.
The West Indies, meanwhile, have already named their 25-man touring squad.
The big news from their camp is that they will be without batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer and all-rounder Keemo Paul. The trio opted out of the tour due to coronavirus concerns.
Despite their loss, the visitors still boast a number of players with experience of dishing out defeat to England. Captain Jason Holder, openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell, Shane Dowrich and Roston Chase are all involved.
West Indies squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach.
Reserve players: Sunil Ambris, Joshua da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shane Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.
England vs West Indies 1st Test – Betting Tips and Prediction
While England are rightly the favourites to bag a win in this first test, they are certainly not an attractive betting proposition at the prices.
Given the West Indies’ recent successes over them, the value here could be in the 9.00 (8/1) being offered by bet365.
Another tempting bet may be the 2.5 (6/4) for the Windies to have the highest opening partnership. Rory Burns could return for England after a four-month ankle injury and may need time to settle. If not, then another opportunity will likely be handed at the top of the order to the talented but inexperienced Zak Crawley.
Be sure to check back closer to the start of the action for more free cricket bookie tips as more markets become available. The best of these will be highlighted when we select our best bet for the game.
We will also be sure to highlight any live cricket betting tips and opportunities to look out for.