England To Strike Early In Their First Day Night Test At Edgbaston
England take a step into the unknown on Thursday afternoon as they take part in their first ever day/night Test match when they come up against the West Indies at Edgbaston in the first match of their Test Series...
- England have lost 1 Test at Edgbaston since 2001 - Won 8, Drawn 3
- Moeen Ali's 3 Test innings at Edgbaston have yielded scores of 59, 63 and 86*
- Joe Root has scored a 50 in each of his past 10 Test matches
|Thursday - 2.00pm||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|England v West Indies 1st Test|
|Tips||West Indies Opening Partnership Under 25.5 Runs Best Bet||@ 5 / 6|
|Roston Chase Top West Indies Batsman||@ 5 / 1||Betfred|
The Pink Ball
Joe Root's side are 2/11 favourites for the win but that is an unappealing price when you consider England's lack of experience against the pink ball, as well as their extremely flaky top order.
The Windies have experience of day-night cricket having already played a Test and they also enjoyed a warm-up match when they arrived in England. It has been good to see the tourists preparing properly for this series with three warm-ups against Essex, Kent and Derbyshire respectively but they remain a shadow of the team that last won a Test in England back in 2000.
The pink ball is expected to swing early on and that could spell trouble for their openers, who have managed a partnership of more than 19 just once in six innings during their warm-up matches.
The first West Indies wicket to fall with under 25.5 runs on the board looks nailed on at 5/6 (Betfred).
All is not lost for a West Indies side that hasn't beaten a top-eight Test team since 2012 though as Roston Chase has given them hope. The 25-year-old is a genuine Test cricketer and he has excelled since coming into the side, scoring three fifties and three hundreds in ten Tests so far.
Coming in at number five in the batting order, Chase has been required to produce several rescue acts and he has risen to the occasion to average 48 in the longer format of the sport, with Paddy Power going 5/1 for him to be top West Indies batsman at Edgbaston.
England have excelled in Birmingham as they have won eight of their past twelve Tests at Edgbaston and Mark Stoneman will be hoping to impress as he becomes Alastair Cook's twelfth different opening partner since Andrews Strauss retired.
England are prone to losing wickets early and Moeen Ali could be worth a look to excel from further down the order. Ali's three Test scores at Edgbaston read 59, 63 and 86 not out, and the all-rounder finished the recent South Africa series as the top wicket-taker.
The pink ball doesn't move so much for the seam bowlers once it goes soft which means Ali's spin could come in handy as the match progresses and he is a tempting 14/1 to be man-of-the-match this week (Ladbrokes).
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