England Test Series vs. West Indies Betting Tips
In days gone by, the boat carrying the England Test team to the West Indies would take two to three weeks to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Ahead of the 2019 tour, that type of travel arrangement is unthinkable for England, as their Caribbean adventure signals the start of a packed year which includes The Ashes and the World Cup, with Test series against South Africa and New Zealand thrown in for good measure!
England will have the opportunity to continue a rich vein of form which has seen them win eight out of the last nine Test matches they have played, rising to second in the Test rankings which will take on a new significance with the formation of the ICC World Test Championship. They will come up against a West Indies side still reeling from a tough Asian tour, but with the confidence that comes from a decent recent record on home soil.
In this article, we look at the latest odds for the series, and offer some food for thought on where the series could be won or lost. Make sure to head over to Bet UK's online betting for the latest cricket betting odds for all England test matches. Head back to Bet UK's dedicated England test cricket betting page for more updates throughout the upcoming series.
West Indies v England betting
The odds at the time of writing for the outcome of the series, unsurprisingly, have England as clear favourites. But it should be noted that on their last tour to the West Indies, England were held to a 1-1 draw as the hosts rallied to a win in Barbados. A draw in the opening test can be backed at 13/2* and the West Indies are 15/4* to spring a surprise and clinch the opening match of the series.
If you fancy the bowlers to dominate proceedings at the Kensington Oval, then you can get odds of 21/4* for there not to be a 100 in the match. You can also place bets on the 1st Wicket Method, with plenty of different markets available:
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As well as standard betting markets that you can look at form, results and past matches for, there's also the Win The Toss market. This is as simple as it sounds, with both sides currently at 20/23* to win the toss ahead of the first match.
All to play for in Bridgetown
Could the 1st Test in Barbados tell us all we need to know about England's intent coming into 2019? Joe Root's side are 2/5* to claim victory in the opening stanza and set the tone for the series. The West Indies are 15/4* to make a statement by taking the vital first game, while the draw is priced at 13/2*. Those considering backing the stalemate should note that the last Test match to conclude without a winner at the Kensington Oval was back in 2011.
Confidence from continuity?
England recently announced a squad which is completely unchanged from the 16 men who triumphed 3-0 in Sri Lanka late last year. That means that three front line spinners - Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Jack Leach - will be on board again, and we could even see them join forces together, depending on the state of the pitches in Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia. England evidently believe that they can keep the momentum of their winning run going by showing faith in the same group of players.
The XI which is picked might have a different look from the subcontinent. You would expect seamers such as Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes to be given more playing time than they were offered in Asia, but in sticking with the same operatives, England are sending out a clear message - this is a squad which they are confident can perform, irrespective of the location.
Can the Windies stop in form England?
West Indies' appointment of Prybus, an Englishman himself, has received a lukewarm response, with former captain Clive Lloyd suggesting that the Board should have looked closer to home when filling the role. But whoever is coaching them, the Windies have the advantage of a talented and determined captain, in all-rounder Jason Holder. If the Windies can galvanise a weary fan base with an early win, they could pose more of a challenge to England than expected. Could complacency also present a problem for an England team which has become accustomed to winning on the road?
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