The second test match between England and West Indies gets underway at Headingley in Leeds tomorrow. England are already 1-0 up in the series. The result in seam-bowling-friendly Headingley is almost a foregone conclusion. If rain does not interrupt or something like a cricketing miracle happens, England should win this in three days. West Indies failed to provide even a semblance of resistance in the first test. They have been rightly called the worst West Indies side to have visited England. Even the avalanche of criticism from home and abroad is unlikely to stir them up. Back England even if you love West Indies cricket and its history.
Preview – England
England have the all-round might to upstage this West Indian team. Skipper Joe Root and Alastair Cook are in terrific touch with the bat. Headingley is a happy hunting ground for James and Anderson. Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes, even at their half best, will be too much for the West Indian batsmen. England may not require much from their all-rounders Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali. Expect yet another dominant display by the England team for all cricket betting purposes.
Preview – West Indies
West Indies skipper Jason Holder has called for serious introspection by individual players when asked his teammates publically to “look at the mirror”. But the fact is that none of the West Indian players have done or shown anything in terms of ability and talent to challenge the current England team. West Indies have the history. But their present is a worn-out skeleton of that proud and illustrious history. It does not make sense at all to bet in favor West Indies no matter how attractive the match odds may be.