England set to cruise in the West Indies

Published by on February 28, 2017

England go into the one-day series against the West Indies as clear favourites given the hosts’ recent poor form.

The Windies have lost both of their last two games to Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, and that certainly doesn’t bode well for them as they welcome the Lions.

England have been dealt an early blow with Jake Ball ruled out with a knee injury having sustained a nasty-looking twist in the warm-up game on Monday.

Trevor Bayliss’ men are 4/11 to win the first ODI and are also big favourites to win the series at 2/7.

The three-game series will serve as important preparation for this summer’s ICC Champions Trophy, but in that tournament, England won’t have to contend with the conditions of the West Indies.

That could just see the hosts cause an upset, though it still doesn’t seem likely, especially not across the three games.

Alex Hales will be back from a hand injury to re-join England, and he’s a decent bet to back as their highest run-scorer.

The opener will be hoping for another strong series alongside Jason Roy, and he should get one against an inconsistent West Indies attack.