England will look to bounce back in the 2nd Test match against the West Indies at Old Trafford after the visitors upset the odds in the 1st Test. Joe Root’s return to the side should give England a massive boost while Ben Stokes fine batting form is set to continue.
England will be desperate to bounce back after suffering a humiliating defeat to the West Indies in the 1st Test. It went wrong after Ben Stokes won the toss and elected to bat.
England were bowled out for 204 runs with Ben Stokes top scoring on 43 runs. The West Indies then scored 318 runs before England responded with 313 runs. Zach Crawley batted superbly to score 76 runs.
The target of 200 was always in the balance but despite a fine start by the hosts with ball in hand, the Windies managed to pull through and win by four wickets late on day 5.
The biggest change will see Joe Root return to captain while Ben Stokes will continue his duties as vice-captain. Joe Denly is likely to be the batsman who makes way while Zach Crawley should move up to bat at three.
Stuart Broad should return at the expense of Jofra Archer or Mark Wood.
West Indies Form
The West Indies upset the odds in the 1st Test at the Ageas Bowl in dramatic fashion as they beat the much fancied hosts by four wickets. Jason Holder took 6-42 as the West Indies bowled England out for 204 runs in the first innings.
Kraigg Brathwaite scored 65 runs as the West Indies scored 318 runs, giving themselves a 114 run first innings lead. Shannon Gabriel took 5-75 to restrict England to 313 runs which meant the Windies needed to chase 200 runs to win.
Despite seeing themselves struggling on 27-3 Jermaine Blackwood’s 95 runs led the Windies to a historic four wicket win.
West Indies News
The West Indies will not want to tinker with a winning combination, but opening batsman John Campbell suffered a possible hamstring injury. He might miss out in the 2nd Test.
England vs West Indies Head to Head
England hold a 11-6 advantage against the West Indies along with seven draws in their last 24 Test matches.
Their last match took place a few days ago with the West Indies walking away with a memorable four wicket win at the Ageas Bowl.
England vs West Indies Odds
England are huge favourites at 1.33 while the West Indies are priced at 5.50 to win. A draw will pay 8.00.
Joe Root can be backed at 3.50 to be England’s best 1st innings batsman with bet365. Ben Stokes pays 5.00 in the same market.
England vs West Indies Match Up
England need vast improvement in the batting department and the return of Joe Root should give them much needed confidnece.
From the visitors perspective, they put in an incredible effort but will need to replicate that with bat and ball if they want to seal a historic series victory.
England vs West Indies Stats
England’s Joe Root has scored 50+ runs in 3 of his last 5 Test innings.
England’s Joe Root scored 122 runs in his last innings against the West Indies.
England’s Joe Root averages 51 against the West Indies in 9 Test matches.
England’s Ben Stokes scored 43 & 46 runs in the last Test against the West Indies.
West Indies’ batsman Jermaine Blackwood scored 95 runs in his last Test innings.
West Indies won their last Test against England.
Old Trafford has seen over 1010.5 runs in its last 2 Test matches.
England vs West Indies FAQ
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Where is the England vs West Indies 2nd Test match being played?
The England vs West Indies 2nd Test match is being played at the Old Trafford in Manchester, England.
When is the England vs West Indies 2nd Test match being played?
The England vs West Indies 2nd Test match is being played on Wednesday 16 July 2020.
Joe Root is tipped to star on his comeback while Ben Stokes has been in fine form and offers value to score 50+ runs.
Best Bet: Stokes 50+ in Match To Score 50+ Runs in Match @120 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best England 1st Innings Batsman: Joe Root Best England 1st Innings Batsman @250 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best West Indies 1st Innings Batsman: Jermaine Blackwood Best West Indies 1st Innings Batsman @650 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit