England vs West Indies 3rd Test Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 24/07/2020
Everything is still to play for going into this third and final Test match of the series.
The Wisden Trophy is well and truly up for grabs for both sides, but it is the home side that will be full of confidence after levelling matters earlier in the week.
England secured a 113-run success in Manchester after bowling the Windies out on the final day following more brilliance with the bat from Ben Stokes.
The same venue now hosts this well-poised decider that could yet hold more twists and turns before the series is out.
England vs West Indies 3rd Test – Match Preview
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
When: Friday 24th July
Start Time: 16:30 (IST), 11:00 (GMT)
Pitch conditions: Old Trafford has always been known as one of the quickest pitches in England, though we had a slower surface in the previous clash and the bowlers had to work hard as the ball got older. Spin also quickly came into play and that is likely to be the case here.
Weather conditions: The opening day is set to be overcast and dry but rain storms are due to hit Manchester on Saturday and again on Sunday morning. More time is likely to be lost before it dries up again on Monday.
England vs West Indies 3rd Test – Latest Odds
England are again made the favourites to take the win. They are available at 1.73 (8/11) with bet365 to secure the series-clinching victory.
West Indies can be backed at 8.00 (7/1) with the same firm. The draw is on offer at 2.80 (9/5).
England vs West Indies 3rd Test – Team News
England could look to rotate their bowling attack once more, though the performances of Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes at this venue earlier in the week make that a tough call.
They may also need the rest, however, and have Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and James Anderson waiting behind them for another opportunity.
Ben Stokes couldn’t finish his final bowling spell at Old Trafford towards the end of the second Test and will be assessed before this one. He is likely to continue with the bat but England will have to wait and see if he can bowl as well.
As for the Windies, they have no injury issues but the fatigue of their frontline bowlers could become an issue. They may look to freshen things up a little and do have young pace prospect Chemar Holder as an option.
England vs West Indies – Squads
|Joe Root (captain)||Jason Holder (captain)|
|Chris Woakes||Jermaine Blackwood|
|Dom Sibley||Nkrumah Bonner|
|Dom Bess||Kraigg Brathwaite|
|Stuart Broad||Shamarh Brooks|
|Rory Burns||John Campbell|
|Jos Buttler||Roston Chase|
|Zak Crawley||Rahkeem Cornwall|
|Ben Stokes||Shane Dowrich|
|Ollie Pope||Chemar Holder|
|Sam Curran||Shai Hope|
|Ollie Robinson||Alzarri Joseph|
England vs West Indies 3rd Test – Betting Tips and Prediction
England will be full of confidence after levelling the series but could well be frustrated by the weather as they look to secure overall series success.
Backing the draw at 2.80 (9/5) looks the best option from the overall results market.
That said, England already showed in the second Test that they are capable of both scoring and taking wickets in double-quick time. You feel they will need to do that again if they are to reclaim the Wisden Trophy from the tourists.
Brooks to be Top Batsman for West Indies
Shamarh Brooks looked in fine form with the bat in the second Test and can build on that here.
He made 68 in the first innings and 62 in the second but couldn’t prevent England pushing on for a final-day win.
The right-handed batsman previously showed more glimpses of his ability with eye-catching showings against India and Afghanistan last year.
His price of 6.50 (11/2) with bet365 to be West Indies’ top first innings batsman looks far too big.
Roach Poised to Strike
Keema Roach will have wanted more wickets from this series but looked far more of a threat at Old Trafford than he did at the Ageas Bowl in the first Test.
Conditions look to suit his skiddy style and he can be the main man for the Windies with the ball.
He is priced at 4.00 (3/1) with LeoVegas to be West Indies’ top first innings bowler.
Crawley Overpriced in Top Batsman Market
Zak Crawley burst onto the international scene in South Africa and against showed what is can do with his second innings 76 in Southampton.
It was a knock that saw him elevated to three due to Joe Denly making way for returning skipper Joe Root at Old Trafford.
He did fail in the first innings of the second Test but can’t really be judged too harshly on his second innings 11 as England looked to score quickly.
While he needs to bounce back and show the move to three isn’t too much for him, his price of 7.00 (6/1) with LeoVegas is far too big.
Make sure you check out our best bet selections for the third Test before the clash gets underway.