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England v West Indies first Test latest odds and tips

Richard Mann believes England will turn up the pressure on day two of their first Test match against the West Indies at Lord’s.


The pitch at Lord’s has generally been a surface that has held up well in recent years, often improving innings and allowing big runs in the third and fourth innings.

The surface we see Day one of England’s first Test match against West Indies In fact there was less live grass than we were used to and the tourists’ only 121 runs in the first innings was due to their own shortcomings, a superb debut from Gus Atkinson and plenty of cloud cover.

When it came to bat, England found the conditions were not so challenging and finished the day with 189-3, at an average of 4.72 runs per over, thanks to fifties from Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope.

That’s not to say that West Indies’ excellent pace attack hasn’t caused England problems. They clearly have, but the ball is now 40 overs old and, judging by recent history, a surface that looked so docile on Wednesday should be even better for batting on Thursday.

A good weather forecast, sunny and a little cloudy, suggests conditions could be better than Wednesday in this respect and England really need to step up the pressure with plenty of ammunition.

It could be the perfect scenario for newcomer Jamie Smith to showcase his talents with the bat, but I expect big runs from the Yorkshire duo in the near future HARRY BROOK And JOE ROOT.

Brook, who missed the winter tour of India due to personal reasons and returned to the team, bounced back immediately with 25 off 29 balls and the way this great talent finished the recent T20 World Cup suggests he is ready to explode.

A record 407 half-centuries in just 12 Tests shows there is a serious player in Brook, and against an attacking line that can tire quickly when the ball gets soft, he is expected to get the job done.

I like your look BROOK WILL MAKE A CENTURY We appeal from here and to Star Sports on 11/4.

There are odds of 5/2 that Root will also get to three figures in the 15th over and I’ll take 5/2 on the former captain.

Although Root has faced a lot of criticism under the current management for not always finding the right rhythm in his batting, he has an outstanding record that includes 31 Test hundreds.

He was more measured and controlled on the first day, making an effort to prepare himself for about 15 overs.

This will be good for him on Thursday and ROOT CENTURY It’s worth a bet.

Published on 10/07/24 at 2200 BST


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