England vs West Indies, 1st Test Match Prediction 08 Jul 2020

England vs West Indies 2020

England vs West Indies, 1st Test Match Prediction

2020-07-09

Ageas Bowl Southampton, England

Ageas Bowl Southampton, England
Ageas Bowl Southampton, England

England

2.81 313/10 in 111.2
3.11 200/6 in 64.2

West Indies

2.81 313/10 in 111.2
3.11 200/6 in 64.2
Ageas Bowl Southampton, England
Cricbettingbuzz Toss Winner - England won the toss and chose to bat first
Cricbettingbuzz West Indies beat England by 4 wickets

ENG vs WINDIES Prediction

Shoaib Z.

Root-less England aim for a strong start against West Indies!

  • Last year, England suffered series defeat at the hands of West Indies
  • All-rounder Ben Stokes will lead the side for series opener at Ageas Bowl
  • West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel will be available for selection for the opening game of the series

Expect England to register a comfortable win and go 1-0 in the Test series!

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Match Preview

Host England will be looking to kick-start their home season on a positive note when they take on West Indies in the opening Test at Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday.

England has named their 13-man squad for the opening game of the Test series. Middle-order batsman Jonny Bairstow and all-rounder Moeen Ali have been left out of the side. Interim captain Ben Stokes will be hoping that the side can put on a strong show with bat and ball.

On the other hand, Jason Holder-led unit will need to adjust to the English conditions. The side has not played much competitive cricket since the past 12 months.

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Teams Preview

England

The home side will be looking to field their best combination for the opening game of the series. Rory Burns will be slotted into the playing XI at the top of the innings. Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly put in decent scores in the intra-squad match played at Southampton.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Ben Stokes, Dominic Sibley and Ollie Pope to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Since Jan 2019, All-rounder Ben Stokes has topped the batting charts for the side in red-ball cricket. In 14 matches, Stokes has scored 1090 runs at an average of 47.39. During this period, he has smashed three centuries and five half-centuries for England.

For England, rookie opener Dominic Sibley put incredible performances in the four-match Test series played against South Africa.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the pace trio of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer to make crucial breakthroughs with the new ball. Since Jan 2017, Medium-pacer Stuart Broad has claimed 117 wickets in 29 matches at an average of 28.41.

Chris Woakes or Dominic Bess will battle it out for a place in the playing XI.

England Actual Playing XI:

Rory Burns, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Ollie Pope, Zak Crawley, Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, James Anderson, Ben Stokes, Dom Sibley, Joe Denly

England Predicted Playing XI

Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Zak Crawley/Dominic Bess, Ben Stokes (captain), Jos Buttler (wk), Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer

West Indies

The visitors did have a decent workout in the intra-squad game played at Manchester. Uncapped Chemar Holder might make his debut for West Indies as the conditions at Ageas Bowl will provide assistance to the quick bowlers.

In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope and Shane Dowrich to do the bulk of the scoring.

Since Jan 2017, opener Kraigg Brathwaite has been leading run-scorer for West Indies in Test cricket. In 22 matches, Kraigg Brathwaite has accumulated 1181 runs at an average of 29.52, which includes three centuries and five half-centuries.

Besides Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich will need to make decent contributions for the side in this opening Test.

In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder will be looking to make early inroads with the new ball.

West Indies Actual Playing XI:

Kemar Roach, Shamarh Brooks, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, John Campbell, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Kraigg Brathwaite, Alzarri Joseph

West Indies Predicted Playing XI

Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (captain), Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder/Alzarri Joseph.

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 15 0 mm. 5.94 k/h From: WSW 100%
03h 16 0 mm. 6.17 k/h From: WSW 100%
06h 16 0.24 mm. 5.91 k/h From: W 100%
09h 16 1.28 mm. 4.15 k/h From: WSW 100%
12h 16 1.45 mm. 4.47 k/h From: WSW 100%
15h 18 0.31 mm. 4 k/h From: W 100%
18h 18 0.22 mm. 3.51 k/h From: WSW 96%
21h 17 0.15 mm. 4.55 k/h From: WSW 92%

The newly-prepared wicket will certainly provide assistance to the quick bowlers. The weather forecast for Wednesday’s game is expected to have early showers in the morning.

Venue Details

The Ageas Bowl in Southampton is going to host the opening game between England and West Indies. Host England has won two out of three Test matches played at Ageas Bowl.

Toss Prediction

Given the rain predicted for the first two days of the Test match, the side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and exploit the moisture underneath the surface.

Winning Prediction

Host England will certainly start as favourites to win their opening game against West Indies as they playing in their conditions. The home side will certainly miss Joe Root in this opening game but likes of Ollie Pope, Dominic Sibley and Dominic Bess put incredible performances in South Africa.

Expect England to register a comfortable win and go 1-0 in the Test series!

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