T20 World Cup finalists England and West Indies get ready to dish out more exciting cricket as the scene is set for a three-match ODI series in the Caribbean which begins on Friday 3 March.
The first match would be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Friday as the two sides meet for the first time since the dramatic T20 World Cup final victory for the West Indies.
West Indies v England 1st ODI Preview
Stuart Law will start his tenure as head coach of the West Indies with this series. With many of the star players not available for various reasons ranging from internal disputes to injuries, the task that awaits his flamboyant side is huge.
For a squad that has many individual match-winners, West Indies struggle to match expectations with performances. No wonder, given the fact that even their captain Jason Holder is struggling to justify his own place as a player in the side – let alone as captain.
But that shouldn’t take anything away from the squad that has some exciting talent like Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis and Rovman Powell.
Gone are the days when England’s ODI sides are considered lethargic. Under Eoin Morgan, the transformation is so complete that they are the favourites in the 50-over game.
The absence of Alex Hales due to injury doesn’t take the sheen of the top-order which still has the likes of Jason Roy, Morgan and Joe Root. The middle-order still has an aggressive look with Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes adding power.
But that’s only half the story. While their batting has been the best in the world since April 2015, their performance with the ball has been one of the worst. In short, this England side is entertaining, positive and brilliant although lacking control at times.
West Indies v England ODI Stats
West Indies and England are tied at 42 wins a piece in 88 contests so far. But over the last 10 years, the results are more skewed in England’s favour – 12 wins out of 17. More importantly, England have won six out of the last seven ODIs played between these sides.
Since April 2015, England have scored their highest three ODI totals against the West Indies but have also conceded three of their five highest totals. Expect another high scoring encounter on Friday.
West Indies have a poor record at the North Sound Stadium having won just two of the nine matches they played here. Their record against England here is a little more respectable having won one and lost two.
West Indies v England Betting Odds
England are heavy favourites for the first match at odds of $1.36 (William Hill
) while the hosts are offered odds of $3.50 (bet365
). Not much value on an England win but that looks the more likely outcome.
Root has good memories of the ground having scored a century in the last match he played here. At odds of $4.00 (bet365
) the new England Test captain is favourite to be their best batsman. For the Windies, Kraigg Brathwaite’s steady influence gives them control in the midst of strong hitters. Back him at odds of $5.00 (Ladbrokes
) to be their best batsman.
England’s obsession with heavy scores should see them score heavy in the first 15 overs. Back them to score more than their hosts at odds of $1.57 (bet365
West Indies v England Tips and Predictions
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