England vs West Indies 2nd Test
It’s hard to imagine that England will win another test match as comprehensively as they did the 1st game against the West Indies. They won by an innings and 209 runs, inside 3 days, and it’s hard to see this series ending up any other way than 3-0.
England still have questions that need answering. Mark Stoneman, Cook’s 12th batting partner since
Strauss, can feel a little unlucky, as he received an unplayable ball from Kemar Roach. Tom Westley was out playing a shot that has brought him a lot of runs in the past, playing across the line and falling LBW, while Dawid Malan has left himself 35 runs short of a ticket to Australia. All will have at least 2 more innings in this series, and all will want a big score to cement an ashes place.
If any West Indian batsman was going to score big runs, it would most likely be Kraigg Brathwaite. The opener has already got 12 50’s and 5 hundreds, while middle order batsman Roston Chase has made a really promising start to test cricket, averaging just under 45, with 3 hundreds and 3 50’s in 10 matches.
It's definately worth throwing money at an England win, as despite the short odds, it appears to me easy money.
Joe Root will be looking to pass 50 for the 12 consecutive test match, which would bring him equal with AB De Villiers’ record. A bet on him to score a 50 is an appetising bet at just over evens.
At longer, and slightly inflated, odds – Roston Chase to be the highest scoring West Indian batsman is an interesting and appealing punt.