England Squad, Form, and Team News
Announced Squad (1st test):
Ben Stokes (C), Jos Buttler (WK), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood.
Reserve: Ben Foakes (WK), James Bracey, Sam Curran, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, and Olly Stone.
Despite being ODI World Champions, England are at a relatively unimpressive 4th place in the ICC test rankings. Having always been a powerhouse test side, this is a strange turn of events for them, and they will no doubt want to beat 8th-place West Indies at home to assert some dominance on the scene. The inventors of the game have struggled in tests over the years, winning only 6 of their last 15 test series. With some solid talent on their side, and with players eager to play after several weeks of strict lockdown measures, they will be a force to be reckoned with - veteran James Anderson, in-form Jos Buttler, young blood Jofra Archer, and the promising Rory Burns will see to that.
West Indies Squad, Form, and Team News
Announced Squad: Jason Holder (C), Shane Dowrich (WK), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, and Kemar Roach.
Reserve: Anderson Phillip, Sunil Ambris, Shannon Gabriel, Cheyne Moseley, Keon Harding, Joshua Da Silva, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Oshane Thomas, and Jomel Warricanas.
The last time the West Indies won an away test series that wasn’t against Zimbabwe or Afghanistan was against Bangladesh in 2012. In fact, the last time they even drew an away series was in 2010/2011. Languishing just above Bangladesh in the test rankings, the once-mighty Men in Maroon will no doubt be itching to climb the ranks. Some good stuff from the likes of Shai Hope and Roston Chase with the bat, and Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph with the ball might see Jason Holder’s men achieve the unlikely.
These two teams have a very long history, and historically, the Caribbean side has bested the Three Lions 57 times, while the latter has triumphed 49 times, with 51 draws sitting uncomfortably in between. That being said, the last time West Indies won a test series in England was 32 years ago, and while the modern England side is far stronger than the side that faced the likes of Richards, Greenidge, Marshall, and Ambrose, the same cannot be said about their opponents. The West Indies have long since become a thoroughly unreliable side - one only finding success in the T20 format. Nevertheless, they have some incredible sportsmen, and will definitely be looking to upset the odds.
Other Betting Tips:
Match outcome - Win for ENG
ENG top batsman – J Buttler
WI top batsman – S Hope
Players to score a century - J Buttler/R Burns (ENG), S Hope/R Chase(WI)
Players to score a fifty – J Buttler/R Burns/J Denly(ENG), S Hope/R Chase/J Holder(WI)
Players to take most wickets - J Archer/S Broad (ENG), K Roach/Rahkeem Cornwall (WI)
Most boundaries - ENG
Will the Three Lions maul the visitors, or will the easy-going Caribbeans stiffen their resolve to outplay their hosts? Find out starting Wednesday!