Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Match 19: England vs West Indies

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:04 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 13, 2019 7:04 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says England might be vulnerable to the short stuff in Southampton on Friday

<div><h2>England v West Indies</h2><p><strong>Thursday 10.30</strong></p><p>We might finally get some cricket at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. England are supposed to take on West Indies but before anybody starts to get excited about the potential of the clash, the weather forecast has to be checked.</p><p>It’s okay. There is rain around in the morning and we can expect a delayed start but from 11.00 the skies should be clear all day. Now all we need is a humdinger to rescue the tournament from farce.</p><p>With four matches – no World Cup has ever had more than two – already abandoned, the competitive nature of the tournament is suffering. It is very reasonable to believe that the current top four of <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/int/world-cup/?mtgid=outright&amp;mtid=311" target="_blank">New Zealand, Australia, India and England will remain in the top four</a>. Pakistan’s washout against Sri Lanka, which almost certainly cost them a point against a hopeless outfit that every genuine last-four rival, weather permitting, will beat has made things mundane.</p><p>What could breathe new life into the tournament would be a victory for the Windies. But the chances of that do not look strong, according to the bookmakers. BetVictor go no better than 4/11. <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1">Coral</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank">William Hill</a> offer 5/2.</p><p>An upset is urgently required because, if West Indies are beaten, their tournament is as good as over with one win in four. They would have to win four of their last five to be in with a shout of qualification.</p><p>The 2-2 series draw in the Caribbean just before the World Cup suggests they could do something. The problem is that English sides have a poor record in the islands and they are a much tougher nut to crack on home soil.</p><p>Also, one suspects that there needs to be something in the pitch for the bowlers for England to be upset. The Ageas Bowl is a road. That means West Indies, led by Jason Holder, are going to have to bounce England out by bowling first. Setting this England batting line-up a target is not advisable on two-year form.</p><p>We’ll take a small-stakes chance on the Windies, though, bowling first. They will certainly try to ruffle feathers and England have not been tested with the short stuff yet. They could pass with flying colours, though. The price might take a cut but we’d be surprised if at some stage within the first few overs it wasn’t available in-running.</p><p><em><strong>Best Tips for the Match</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>West Indies bowling first 5/2 <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Bet365</a></strong></em></p></div>
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