Windies vs England 2nd Test Match Prediction. England will be looking to bounce back from their crushing defeat in the first test when they face West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards, North Sound, in the second test. The match is scheduled for January 31-February 4, and the live action begins at 10:00 local time each day.
- West Indies claimed a dominant 381-run win in the first test, bowling England out for 77 and 246, to claim a 1-0 series lead.
- Jason Holder scored an unbeaten 202 from 229 balls in the West Indies’ second innings, as they posted 415/6 declared in 103.1 overs.
- Roston Chase then sealed victory with the ball – the part-time spin bowler ripping through the England line-up to take 8-60 in the second innings. The margin of victory was West Indies’ greatest ever at home in terms of runs.
Our Pick: England
ABOUT THE MATCH
There is certainly some love affair between England, West Indies, and upsets in Cricket. Twice in recent times has West Indies have toppled England – which even the best in the business have struggled to achieve. With World Cup and Ashes just months away, the year couldn’t have started in a worse way for England. They were dealt a 381-run defeat by West Indies in the opening test and will be looking for redemption when the two teams meet to play the second match of the series on 31st January at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, Antigua. For West Indies, the upcoming game will be a chance to prove that their win in the opening game was not just a fluke and this Caribbean team is capable of more than just a couple of occasional triumphs.
WI vs ENG, 2nd Test: Where to watch/Live streaming
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West Indies elected to bat first in the first test, but their seamers were in top form when they bowled first the last time they were at North Sound.
West Indies Team News & Playing 11
WI Team News
After a dominant display in the first test, West Indies could be unchanged. That would mean keeping faith with Darren Bravo, who was the only one of their batsmen to struggle – scoring two and one in his two innings. The seam attack of Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph will likely continue.
WI Key Players
Captain Jason Holder was named man of the match after the first test after his maiden test double-century, and he has jumped to the top of the world all-rounder rankings as a result. His previous test-match appearances saw him take 5-56 and score 52 in the first innings of the match against India.
Roston Chase also contributed with bat and ball last time out, scoring 54 in the first innings and then claiming his eight-wicket haul in the second.
Kemar Roach, who took 5-17 from 11 overs in the first innings, will be the bowler to watch at North Sound, however. He, Holder, and Shannon Gabriel – who took a wicket in each innings at Bridgetown – have enjoyed success at the ground before.With the bat, meanwhile, Shai Hope scored a first-innings half-century to underline his talent. He was previously in excellent batting form in the limited-overs games against Bangladesh last month.
Shimron Hetmyer’s first-innings 81 last time out continued his good test-match form, meanwhile. His fifth test half-century followed a breezy 93 in the defeat to Bangladesh in November too.
WI Team Form
West Indies came into this series having lost their last four test matches. Their last series win was at home to Bangladesh and you have to go back to 2012 for the last time they beat a nation other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. Even then, both India and Bangladesh beAat West Indies in the lead-up to this series.
In India, they lost the first test by ten wickets after being dismissed for 127 in their second innings before conceding 649/9 in the second test and being bowled out for 181 and 196 in a heavy innings defeat. Jason Holder’s five-for in the first test, and Roston Chase’s century were two of very few highlights in that series for West Indies.
Next up, they faced Bangladesh away and were dismissed for 111 and 213 on their way to an innings defeat in the first test. They improved in the second test – Devendra Bishoo and Roston Chase taking seven wickets between them in the second innings as they were set 204 to win. They collapsed to 11/4 and 75/8 in reply, however, and were eventually all out for 139 in 35.2 overs.They ended their losing streak in style last time out against England, however. Kemar Roach set the tone with some excellent first-innings bowling and, after Jason Holder’s double-century and a hundred for Shane Dowrich, Roston Chase claimed an eight-wicket haul as West Indies won by 381 runs.
West Indies Predicted Playing 11
- Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph
England Team News & Playing 11
ENG Team News
England’s team selection gamble did not pay off in the first test, with Stuart Broad expected to return for the second test.
Adil Rashid appears the most likely to drop out, with no obvious need for a second spin-bowling option, while Sam Curran could also drop out – Chris Woakes is another bowling option if England opt to replace both men.
Batting-wise, the selectors have showed a lot of faith in Keaton Jennings but the calls for Joe Denly to replace him are going to keep growing the more he struggles for runs. Ben Foakes has also accepted his place is in danger after under-performing in the first test, with Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler both able to take over wicket-keeping duties.
ENG Key Players
England can not escape the fact they fell well short with the bat and ball last time out, but they remain packed with key players.
James Anderson claimed his 27th five-wicket haul in the first innings last time out – taking him level with Ian Botham as joint-most for an England bowler. He is also now the first Englishman to take 200 wickets in away tests. Stuart Broad is likely to join him for the second test, having taken 16 wickets in the home series against India. He also claimed 4-19 in the first of England’s two warm-up matches and will be looking to add to his 433 test match wickets.
With the bat, Joe Root has 619 runs in his last ten test matches, while Jos Buttler has hit 709. Both men scored centuries on the tour of Sri Lanka, as did Jonny Bairstow – who hit a match-winning 100 in the third test. Buttler was also the leading run-scorer against India in the summer too.
ENG Team Form
England headed to the West Indies having won eight of their previous ten test matches since a winless tour of Australia and New Zealand last winter. Since then, they drew 1-1 at home to Pakistan before claiming a 4-1 series win against India. Last time out, they whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0.
Against India, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Joe Root and the retiring Alastair Cook all hit centuries over the course of the series, though it was an all-round performance from Sam Curran that won the first game and set the tone for the series.
With the ball, James Anderson and Stuart Broad shared 40 wickets between them as England won a tense first match by 31 runs at Edgbaston and followed it up with an innings win at Lord’s India hit back in the third test, but England won by 60 runs and 118 runs in the final two tests.
Next up, in Sri Lanka, England won started with a dominant first-test win, as Ben Foakes hit a debut century and Moeen Ali took four wickets in each innings in a 211-run win. In the second test, 38 of the 40 wickets to fall were to spinners. Jack Leach claimed eight of them for England in a 57-run win. Finally, Jonny Bairstow’s century in the first innings of the first test proved vital, as England eventually won by 42 runs.
Their good form was ended in extreme style last time out, however – dismissed for a paltry 77 in 30.2 overs in their first innings against West Indies and then, after being set an unlikely 628 to win, they fell to 246 all out.
England Predicted Playing 11
- Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
WI : W L L L L
ENG : L W W W W
WI vs ENG Head to Head
West Indies’ win in the first test of this series means they have now beaten England 56 times. England have won 48 of the 155 matches between the two teams, and there have been 51 draws.
Prior to the first test, the most recent series was in England in 2017. On that occasion, England posted 514/8 declared in the first test as Alastair Cook scored 243 and Joe Root 136. They then dismissed West Indies for 168 and 136 to claim an innings win. West Indies hit back – Shai Hope scored a century in each innings as they chased 322 to win the second test by five wickets.
A low-scoring final test at Lord’s decided the series. Ben Stokes took 6-22 to dismiss England for 123, and then hit 60 out of 194 all out. James Anderson then ripped through the tourists, with 7-42 in the second innings, and England claimed a nine-wicket win.
West Indies vs England Betting Odds
Despite West Indies’ big first-test win, England remain favourites for the second test as they look to bounce back. Betfair are offering a best price of 1.62 on England to win, while Bet365 have priced them at 1.61. West Indies are 3.30 to win with Betfair.
They need improved batting form and captain Joe Root could be key to that. He is 4.00 to top score for England with Betway. For West Indies, Jason Holder stole the headlines in the first test, but Shai Hope has previous against England. Hope is 4.50 with Betway to top score for the hosts.
With the ball, James Anderson claimed an English record-equalling 27th five-wicket haul in the first innings of the first test. He is 2.62 with Betway to be their top bowler again in the second test.
West Indies vs England Prediction
England under-performed with bat and ball in the first test, but this is a team that had won eight of their previous ten matches. They can hit back, and they need to.