In the first ODI on Tuesday England gave West Indies a lesson in how to bat in one day cricket. Will tomorrow be a different story? Find out here and get your betting picks ready.
On Tuesday, England gave West Indies a lesson as Jonny Bairstow justified his new position as an opener with a century in a facile seven-wicket victory for the hosts.
Their defeat confirmed West Indies will now have to go through a qualifying tournament early next year to play in the 2019 World Cup, a summation of how far their one-day cricket has fallen. They had to win this series either 4-0 or 5-0 to stay in the top eight in the rankings, the cut-off for World Cup qualification.
England’s well grooved one-day side began to recover after their Campions Trophy semi final defeat to Pakistan earlier in the summer helped by Bairstow who has his eyes on a settled place in the side after playing 27 internationals in the format spread over six years.
Bairstow and Root put on 125 in just under 20 overs and Root eased his way to 54, and in doing so became the highest run scorer in one day cricket since the last World Cup. Bairstow did not take risks, chasing a low total meant he did not have to and played in a more controlled fashion than in the recent Test series.
The West Indies innings fizzled out after Chris Gayle’s early hitting and they showed their lack of 50 over know-how with batsmen unable to keep the scoreboard moving or the patience to play the long innings. Eoin Morgan marshaled his bowlers well and they adapted well to the surface, changing pace and keeping the ball out of the hitting areas of West Indies’ T20 blasters.
West Indies had raced to 43 off five overs but managed only another 161 off the other 37 eating up 142 dot balls in the process, around 56 percent of the balls bowled. Shai Hope showed flashes of his Test match class but failed in his job of seeing the innings through.
Stokes and Chris Woakes bowled cutters and slower balls while Liam Plunkett’s bouncers in the middle overs were hard to get away.
Scheduling five one-dayers in September gambles with the weather but counties are so desperate for the income from England matches that an already packed schedule is squeezed further and such delays are the pay-off.
The teams are in action again quickly, the second match is at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday. England is -300 favorites, West Indies +250 underdogs with Bet365 which appears fair enough given the late season English conditions and the West Indies’ travails in the format. Any team with hitters like Gayle, Lewis, and Pollard has a punchers chance but consistency is an issue across the team
My idea of a bet here is in the West Indies batsman market. Against the moving ball, there is a premium on technique here and the best West Indian technique is in 23-year-old batsman Shai Hope. Hope really impressed in the three-match test series with two
hundred and a fifty in compiling 375 runs in his six innings. Where others in this ODI team are “boom and bust” he sets out to anchor an innings and attempts to let the hitters play around him. He has only played 19 ODIs in a fledgling career but already has 659 runs at an average of over 40 but at a very modest strike rate of 66, a more studied approach than his teammates.
We are being offered +350 with William Hill that while the likes of Gayle and Lewis attempt “calypso cricket” in England in September he will occupy the crease and compile a score.