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England Vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2 Predictions

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2020-07-08 05:23:51


The 1st Test of the Wisden Trophy between England and West Indies is round the corners! Joe Root's experienced English outfit clashes with the men from the Caribbean led by Jason Holder. This provides much relief to all cricket fanatics across the globe, who were devoid of cricketing action for 4 months. How will the 1st Test match at the Rose Bowl in Southampton pan out on Day 2? Here is our prediction.

Who are the favourites?
Even if the pitch at the Rose Bowl is a green top, England has plenty of experience in their batting and bowling departments to weather the storm. Their top order is well-equipped to blunt the new ball for the likes of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to capitalise when the ball gets a bit softer and older. Here is why England are the hot favourites to win this Test match and notch up a score of 1-0 in this highly competitive test series.

1) Regardless of the toss, England has a much better batting and bowling lineup than their Caribbean counterparts. If England is put in to bat first, they have experienced batsmen who can weather the early storm. Or if they field first, Broad and Anderson are two of the best Dukes ball bowlers cricket has ever witnessed.

2) The West Indies batting lineup will face one of the toughest challenges negotiating the new ball attack of Broad and Anderson. Even if they manage to do so with minimal damage, the first-change options in pacy and bouncy Archer, as well as skilful Woakes, provides no respite.

3) England knows how to maximise the Dukes ball in seaming and swinging conditions better than any international team.

Scorecard Predictions for Day 2

1) If England will bat first, we predicted a score of 270/5 on a green top and 300/4 if the pitch eases a bit after the first hour on Day 1. On Day 2, England will probably end up somewhere around 360/10 on a green top. Lest they will cross 450 with a long batting order.

2) If West Indies will bat first, our prediction is 250/10 by the end of Day 1. If the pitch bakes under the sun for a few hours, West Indies will probably score around 270/6 at the end of Day 1. On Day 2, they will end up scoring around 340 on a flattish pitch. If it is green, England will end up scoring 270/6 on Day 2, provided that Wi bat first.

Match Winning Chances

England has an upper hand over the West Indies due to their superior quality batting and bowling attacks. 

England- 60%

West Indies- 40%