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England vs West Indies 1st Test Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Stokes backed to continue fine form

  • West Indies face a tough task as Test cricket returns
  • 1st Test starts on 8 July at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton
  • Ben Stokes could captain England in Root's absence
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Ralph Staniforth 10 Jul 2020
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England host the West Indies in the 1st Test at the Ageas Bowl on 8 July 2020. Possible England stand-in captain Ben Stokes and newcomer Ollie Pope have shown magnificent form in 2020 and are sure to lead the charge.

England Form

England will be keen to return to Test cricket after a successful tour of South Africa in January 2020. They won the series 3-1.

In their last match England batted first at the Wanderers and scored 400 runs. Zak Crawley, Joe Root and Ollie Pope all scored 50 + runs. In response South Africa were bundled out for 183 thanks to Mark Wood’s 5-46 runs.

England scored 248 runs in their second innings before bowling the hosts out for 274 to win by a massive 191 runs.

Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope and Joe Root were instrumental in England's success during the fourth-match series and will look to replicate that form.

England Team News

Ben Stokes will captain England in the absence of Joe Root. Dom Bess is expected to continue as first choice spinner while the possiblity of going with Mark Wood and Jofra Archer at the expense of Stuart Broad exists.

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Ollie Pope had a magnificent tour of South Africa earlier in 2020 and will look to replicate that form (Getty Images)

West Indies Form

The West Indies have lost three of their last four Test matches and arrive in England having not played since November 2019. Their last Test match did however finish in a nine wicket victory over Afghanistan in Lucknow.

After winning the toss the West Indies sent Afghanistan in to bat and dismissed them for 187 runs. Shamarh Brooks scored a career best 111 runs in response as the Windies were bowled out for 277 runs. 

Afghanistan only managed 120 runs in their second innings which left the West Indies with a target of 33 runs. They achieved it with comfort for the loss of one wicket.

History suggests the West Indies will struggle having only won one Test match (drawn 3) in England in their last 20 visits.

West Indies Team News

The West Indies will rely heavily on a few batsmen to score big in this series. Shamarh Brooks and Shai Hope is likely to carry the burden while Jason Holder will lead the bowling lin-up.

England vs West Indies Head to Head

England have a 11-5 advantage against the West Indies with 7 draws over their last 23 Test matches.

In their last match in February 2019, England beat the West Indies at Gros Islet by 232 runs.

England vs West Indies Odds

England are favourites at 1.28 with the West Indies paying 8.00 for victory. A draw is priced at 6.50 with bet365.

Ben Stokes is paying 5.50 to be England's best 1st innings batsmen with Ollie Pope valued at 7.50 to acheive the same. For the West Indies Shai Hope is at 4.50.

England vs West Indies Match Up

The West Indies have struggled in the batting department in recent times despite having a number of talented youngsters. The true test for them will be how they deal with the swinging ball in England. 

The hosts on the other hand will be confident in all departments after their impressive Test form in 2020.

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Shamarh Brooks scored 100+ runs in his last Test match innings (Getty Images)

England vs West Indies Stats

  • England’s Ben Stokes averages 53.8 runs per innings over his last 5 Test innings.
  • England’s Ben Stokes averages 57 runs per innings in Tests against the West Indies in England.
  • England’s Ben Stokes scored 48 & 79 runs in his last Test against the West Indies.
  • England’s Ollie Pope averages 53.2 runs per innings over his last 5 Test innings.
  • England have won their last 3 Test matches.
  • West Indies Shamarh Brooks has scored 50 and 111 runs in 2 of his last 3 Test innings.
  • West Indies have lost 3 of their last 4 Test matches.
  • West Indies have lost their last 4 Test matches away from home.

England vs West Indies FAQ

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Where is the England vs West Indies 1st Test match being played?

The England vs West Indies 1st Test match is being played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England.

When is the England vs West Indies 1st Test match being played?

The England vs West Indies 1st Test match is being played on Wednesday 8 July 2020.



England should have too much class in home conditions so I'm backing stand-in captain Ben Stokes to score 50+ runs in the match. Ollie Pope's fine form is tipped to continue while West Indies batsman, Shamrah Brooks holds value for West Indies.

Best Bet: Stokes 50+ in Match To Score 50+ Runs in Match @120 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best England 1st Innings Batsman: Ollie Pope Best England First Innings Batsman @550 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best West Indies 1st Innings Batsman: Shamrah Brooks Best West Indies First Innings Batsman @550 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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