After the drawn first test last week in Antigua, the two teams go to St Georges Grenada for the second of the three test series starting on Tuesday.

Recommendation

England to beat the West Indies in the second test: Evens William Hill

England had better of first test, but failed to bowl out the West Indies on the final afternoon thanks to a fantastic maiden hundred from the number 8 batsman Jason Holder who completed one of Test Cricket’s great rearguards. With the off-spinner Tredwell toiling on the final afternoon and only taking one wicket in the innings this was more evidence that the player England have missed more than any other since the 2013-14 Ashes is Graeme Swann.

This result was obviously a big disappointment for England, now with still no away win since Kolkata in 2012 (also the last time Cook scored a 1st-innings 100)

Tuesday sees England’s first test in Grenada, and only the third test ever at the venue. England will be worried about form of top of order, Cook and Trott failing twice in Antigua, but Ballance, Bell, Root all scored 130 runs plus in the game. Aother concern will be the bowling line up. Anderson and Broad pick themselves but with Moeen Ali available for this test there are decisions to make about all-rounders and the spin bowling. There would appear to be no need to play four similiar fast-medium bowlers and one primarily containing spinner

For the West Indies there are pockets of strength in the line up and some signs that the team is improving. Blackwood and Holder’s hundreds and Jerome Taylor’s new ball bowling all impressed but the line up still lacks depth both bat and ball which over a five day game shows up regularly. Tis is particularly obvious in spin bowling which on these slow dry wickets is needed.

Having been odds-on for the first test England are available at Evens for the second Test with William Hill. Two spinners should be the strategy and the inherent strength of the two sides is such that they should be supported

Recommendation

England to beat the West Indies in the second test: Evens William Hill