Joe Root To Shine For England In The First ODI In Antigua

West Indies take on England in the First ODI of their three-match series on Friday afternoon and Joe Root is tipped to inspire the tourists to victory at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua...

  • Joe Root has scored 50+ in 7 of his last 9 ODI appearances
  • England have won 9 of their past 10 ODI's against the West Indies - Lost 1
  • West Indies have lost 13 of their last 18 ODI's - Won 4, Tied 1

Friday 3rd March - 1.30pm OddsWon/LostBet
West Indies v England First ODI    
Tips Joe Root to score 50+    Best Bet @ 6 / 5  

Head-To-Head

England know this venue well as they beat the West Indies 2-1 in an ODI series here in 2014 and it no surprise to see that they are 4/11 odds-on for victory this Friday (Ladbrokes).

Eoin Morgan's men have had the wood over the Windies in this format for some time now as they have won nine of their past ten ODI encounters and the visitors will be desperate to hit the ground running as they step up their preparations for this summer's ICC Champions Trophy on home soil

England are amongst the favourites for the Champions Trophy after winning ten of their last fourteen ODI's worldwide but it doesn't seem as if this West Indies side, who failed to qualify for the ICC tournament, will offer them too much of a challenge.
Match Odds:

Depleted Windies

The Windies are shorn of the experience and brilliance of Chris Gayle, Darren and Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels for various reasons and it is difficult to see them enhancing a woeful record in ODIs that has seen them lose thirteen of their past eighteen in this format.

The hosts are 9/4 for the win on Friday but they have done little to suggest that they can stun this England side.

Golden Root

Joe Root has been the mainstay of this England batting order for some time now and he flourished during the ODI series win in the Caribbean in 2014, scoring 167 runs at an average of 55.66 and chipping in with four wickets at 21.05.

Root actually opened the bowling for England three years ago as he made a massive impact with bat and ball to be named man of the series, and he is 7/1 to be man of the match on Friday (Bet 365).

Root loves playing against the Windies as he averages 69.66 in all formats against them and he has looked in good touch during the warm-ups for this series, weighing in with scores of 71 and 46.

England's recently appointed Test captain is 3/1 to be top England batsman in the First ODI but that comes with a slight caveat as he has struggled to convert good starts into hundreds, scoring a slightly disappointing eight centuries in 80 ODI appearances.

Instead, we prefer to back Root to score 50 or more at 6/5 with Ladbrokes.com as that is a bet that has paid out in seven of his past nine ODI outings.
Top England Batsman Odds:

Posted: Tuesday, 28th February 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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