West Indies V England Test Series

The longly awaited series between West Indies and England finally gets under way on wednesday, with neither of these two teams setting the cricket world on fire lately it promises to be an enthralling series for differing reasons.

The Windies are trying to build on – what is good by their standards of late – a recent two test 0-0 draw in New Zealand, the series showed signs of improvement with contributions from newcomer Brendan Nash and captain Chris Gayle rather than the usual relying on the top class batting of Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Jerome Taylor is improving all the time in the bowling department and also scored his first test century in Dunedin.

England have of late again been their own worst enemy, at least in the aftermath of the Pietersen/Moores debacle they seem to have found some sanity with the appointment of Andrew Strauss as captain. In Strauss they have a man who already has captaincy experience with England and he should be able to keep the players focused on the job in hand rather than having them with half an eye on the IPL or Ashes. With only a couple of series wins over New Zealand lately England should see this as a winable Test series to get them back on track.

Fixtures

1st Test – Sabina Park, Jamaica Wed 4th Feb – Sun 8th Feb
2nd Test – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua Fri 13th Feb – Tue 17th Feb
3rd Test – Kensington Oval, Barbados Thur 26th Feb – Mon 2nd Mar
4th Test – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad Fri 6th Mar – Tue 10th Mar

Best prices for Test Series

West Indies 15/4 with Blue Square.
Draw 7/2 with Sportingbet.
England 8/13 with Boylesports.

Top Windies Batsman

Chanderpaul 7/4 with Totesport.
Gayle 100/30 with Sportingbet.
Sarwan 9/2 with Totesport.

Top England Batsman

Peitersen 2/1 with Paddy Power and Betfred .
Strauss 4/1 with Totesport.
Cook 9/2 with Totesport.

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