WI vs ENG Prediction: Post a month-long break, hosts West Indies now take on England for a 3-match Test series, the first of which would commence from March 8 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. Both sides lost their respective Test series ahead of their forthcoming matchup; West Indies suffered a 2-0 defeat against Sri Lanka in Galle, while England faced a 4-0 annihilation in the Ashes 2021-22. However, more than the West Indies, all eyes would be on the visitors, who have made major changes to the red-ball side post the Ashes fiasco. The likes of Hasib Hameed, Jos Buttler, James Anderson and Stuart Broad were been dropped for this series, thereby opening the doors for Alex Lees, Ben Foakes, Saqib Mahmood and Matthew Fisher. While it’s not going to be a one-sided affair, considering the Caribbean side is known to toil the rivals at this venue, it’s likely to have plenty of ebbs and flow that would keep the fans hooked onto their toes till the final moments.
Bet 365: WI 3.00, ENG 2.00, Draw 4.50
Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Kraigg Brathwaite would find themselves as the top batters for the fantasy line-up. While the Englishmen have relished the challenges against West Indies, Brathwaite has had his share of successes at this venue.
Joe Root Stats against West Indies in Tests
|11||933||54.88||3/5||11 & 34, 24 & 0, 28 & 50, 24 & 62|
Ben Stokes Stats against West Indies in Tests
|12||953||52.94||2/5||31||5 & 4, 60 & 66, 11 & 25 , 12 & 34|
Kraigg Braithwaite Stats at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Tests
|7||547||45.58||2/2||6 & 72, 0 & 41, 39 & 4, 2 & 97|
Bowlers, especially pacers, have dominated the red-ball contests at this venue. For this fixture, the likes of Mark Wood, Jason Holder and Kemar Roach would be the ideal pick to be banked upon from a fantasy perspective. Holder and Roach have impeccable records on this ground, while Wood’s been in a good form with the red cherry.
Kemar Roach Stats at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Tests
|7||39||16.90||2||0/18 & 0/12, 0/11 & 3/68, 3/30 & 2/47|
Jason Holder Stats at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Tests
|Matches||Wickets||Bowling Average||Runs||Batting Average||Recent Performances|
|7||22||25.09||411||45.67||1/24 & 0/23, 0/19 & 0/24, 2/27 & 2/46|
Mark Wood Stats in Tests
|25||81||31.75||3||6/37 & 3/115, 2/65 & 1/76, 2/71|
If WI bats first: 320-350
If ENG bats first: 300-320
As per WI vs ENG Today Match Prediction, batting could get trickier as the game progresses. Swing and seam exponents are likely to have a ball in the upcoming duel. Add to that there’s going to be a fair bit of cloud cover aiding the pacers.
West Indies had announced a 13-man squad for the first Test among which, pacer Anderson Philip and spinner Veerasammy Permaul would be the ones missing out on this fixture. Talking about the visitors, they have finalized on a 12-man squad for this matchup, with the likes of Matthew Fisher, Matt Parkinson, Ollie Robinson (back spasm) and Ollie Pope being skipped from the selection. For the playing 11, bowling all-rounder Craig Overton is likely to miss out. Left-handed batter Alex Lees, who averages close to 35 and has 17 hundreds in the First Class, would be debuting along with pacer Saqib Mahmood.
WI Playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Joshua de Silva (wk), Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Alzarri Joseph
ENG Playing XI: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes (wk), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood
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