England head to the Caribbean this month for a three test, five one-day international and three twenty 20 international tour. This will be the longest series of England playing in the Windies since 2009 and is takes place ahead of a big domestic programme this summer with the Ashes and a home ICC World Cup.
England have an unchanged 16-man test squad from that which beat Sri Lanka 3-0 in their last series. Whist the Sri Lankans were weak opposition there were nevertheless a number of grounds for optimism. After the retirement of Alistair Cook, England have been searching for an opening batsman combination and in Sri Lanka Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns combined to average 46.60 and 25.83 respectively. They will get the chance to continue to build their partnership and show they can be England’s summer partnership here.
Another England player who impressed in his debut was wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, hitting a maiden century and impressing with his glovework. He was a replacement for the injured Jonny Bairstow, and when he returned, he came back as a specialist batsman. It remains to be seen if Bairstow can get his old position back. Another one England are hoping to carry on with their performances is Sam Curran. In his first seven test matches he’s scored 404 runs and taken 14 wickets.
After the series whitewash of Sri Lanka, England will be hoping of more of the same here. Even so, playing away from home is always a tough ask and that was only their third ever away whitewash. A win is achievable, but it must be noted that England have only won one test series in the West Indies since 1968, and that came back in 2004 when Michael Vaughan’s side played exceptionally well. The last tour ended in a 1-1 draw back in 2015.
The West Indies have been struggling of late, with the pool of talent weak and the game in the region really struggling and in India at the end of 2018 lost both of their tests inside of three days. This is reflected in series odds which are as follows: 1/5 England West Indies 17/2 Draw 15/2. England should win comfortably.
For the first test in Barbados prices are England 4/9 Draw 6/1 West Indies 4/1
More value from a betting perspective may be in the sub markets for top batsmen.
Top England batsman
With Burns and Jennings not yet consistent prospects at the top of the order the opportunities here are Root at 5/2 but Buttler at 8/1 may be the best value of them all, with Skybet
West Indies top batsman
Here there isn’t a great deal of depth an Powell at 3/1 in what should be a contest between the top three in the market appeals. He has an average of 40 in Tests with over 2,000 runs scored and three hundreds