West Indies vs England 1st Test Match Prediction. England will begin their long tour of the West Indies with a three-match test series. The opening game will be played from January 23 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. Live telecast of the first test is scheduled to begin at 10 AM local time each day of the match.
- England have won seven and lost just two of the last eleven test matches they have played against the West Indies.
- West Indies have an ordinary recent test record at this ground – they have won three and lost as many out of their last six matches here.
- West Indies have the advantage of playing in their own conditions and their fast bowlers could trouble England’s vulnerable top order.
Our Pick: England
ABOUT THE MATCH
With history against them, red-hot England are set to face of West Indies in a three-match test series with the first match to be played at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on 23rd January. The disparity between the two sides can be seen by their standings in the ICC Test ranking. West Indies’ struggle in the recent times is well known and they sit at eighth position in ICC test rankings. On the other hand, England are in fantastic form and have won eight and lost one in their last nine matches. They occupy the third spot in the ICC test rankings.
However, England would have to be wary of conditions at the Caribbean Islands – which are never straightforward to adjust. England have won only once in West Indies in the last fifty years and that was way back in 2004 in which the three-lions won the four-match 3-0 under the leadership of Michael Vaughan. Not long ago, West Indies surprised England at Headingley where Shai Hope helped the tourists pull-off an unanticipated victory.
It’s never been easy to win in uncertain conditions of West Indies and as much out of form the hosts have been, they’ll be tough to beat, even for the in-form England. The first match will be a big test and is certainly not got to be easy for any of the two sides.
WI vs Eng, 1st Test: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Sony ESPN, Ten Sports, Sky Sports Cricket, SuperSport, Fox Sports, OSN Sports Cricket HD
Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, SuperSport Live, Now TV
West Indies Team News & Playing 11
The hosts will bank on the likes of Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer to deliver the goods when it comes to batting. Hetmyer was the highest run-getter with 222 runs in two matches in the recent test series in Bangladesh. Bravo has three test fifties at the Kensington Oval and the Windies will be expecting a big innings from him. Hope has been one of the more consistent performers with the bat for his side and he is a key figure in this batting line-up. With the ball, West Indies will rely mainly on their pace bowling options in Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and skipper Jason Holder. Roach has 24 wickets in five tests at this ground and he along with Gabriel will be expected to provide the early breakthroughs with the new ball. The England batsmen will also look to be watchful against the left-arm spin of Jomel Warrican who shone with the ball against Bangladesh with eight wickets in two matches.
West Indies Predicted Playing 11
- Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph/Oshane Thomas
England Team News & Playing 11
The visitors have a very strong middle-order batting and they will have their hopes pinned on Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes to score the big runs for them. Root is ranked fifth in the ICC test batting rankings and has an impressive average of 50.06. Buttler hit a couple of half-centuries in the most recently played test series in Sri Lanka and Stokes too has been in good form of late. Moeen Ali will have a big role to play with both bat and ball. The all-rounder has a fifty in the only test he has played at this ground and he finished with 18 wickets in the three tests against Sri Lanka. The key men in England’s bowling attack, however, are James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Adil Rashid. Anderson is the world’s second-best test bowler. He even has ten wickets in the two tests at this ground including a five-fer and he will pose the biggest threat to the West Indian batsmen, especially with the new ball.
England Predicted Playing 11
- Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Foakes (wk), Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
WI : L L L L W
ENG : W W W W W
WI vs ENG Head to Head
West Indies and England have played a total of 154 test matches against each other in the past. The former have won 55 of those while the latter have won 48 with the rest all ending in stalemates.
The two countries have played 15 tests against each other at the Kensington Oval and the hosts lead the scoreline 5-3.
West Indies recorded a five-wicket victory the last time they faced-off against England at this ground in the game’s longest format – in May 2015.
Matches Played: 154; West Indies Won: 55; England Won: 48; Draw: 51
West Indies vs England Betting Odds
England begin as the bookmakers’ favorites to win this opening test match and they are being offered at very short odds of 1.30 on Betway, 1.33 on Bet365 and 1.36 on Betfair. West Indies are huge underdogs for this game at a much higher price of 4.75 on Betway and 5.50 on both Bet365 and Betfair. The odds for this match to end in a draw currently stand at 9.50, 8 and 11 with the respective bookmakers.
West Indies vs England Prediction
While West Indies have been showing dismal form in test cricket and are coming on the back of four consecutive defeats, England have been impressive in the longest format and have eight wins in their last nine matches. The hosts were beaten by India and Bangladesh in their last two test series while the visitors made light work of India and Sri Lanka in their last two series. England are ranked third whereas the Windies find themselves eighth in the ICC test rankings. England also have the upper hand in terms of recent head-to-head record with seven wins and only two losses in the past eleven encounters against the West Indies. So even though the Windies have the home advantage on their side, we expect the mighty England to start the series off with a win.