THE EDGE: The Edge previews the 1st T20 between WEST INDIES v ENGLAND with a recommended BETDAQ bet.
When will the woes end for England? Jos Buttler will be hoping it’s now as the T20 series begins on Betdaq Betting Exchange on Tuesday. After a terrible start to their “white ball reboot” losing the 1st ODI, England lost the decider on Saturday as West Indies chased down 206/9 on Duckworth Lewis in a rain affected game. England’s batting hasn’t really fired so far in the West Indies; even when it did the bowlers couldn’t defend 325! Jos Buttler was out for a duck in the 3rd ODI – a middle order collapse going from 45/2 to 49/5 was the difference.
You can tell just by looking at Jos Buttler that he is going through the ringer. You might question whether it was a good idea to give a player of his immense talent the captaincy – that’s not to say he isn’t a good captain, just to focus on his own batting. He is the most talented player in white ball cricket for England but you can tell his mind isn’t on himself and his own game. England desperately need something to go well for them, a T20 series win is on offer but we also have to remember this is a very young England side – these players need time and they look very talented. It’s a lot of pressure given how poor the main England side were in the ODI World Cup.
For West Indies, they will be happy to take full advantage. An ODI series win was a massive boost, especially considering that they didn’t even qualify for the ODI World Cup. The last time they won a series against England in 50 over cricket was 2007! West Indies cricket has been all over the place lately, another series win here would be massive and they will fully believe it’s there for the taking too.
WEATHER AND PITCH WATCH:
We had rainy conditions for the 3rd ODI in Barbados meaning we didn’t see the full 50 overs for either side. We have the 1st T20 here too; I can’t see playing conditions changing too much. The Kensington Oval is one of the biggest and most used grounds in the West Indies; both teams will know conditions well here. England actually played the last Test match here, and the last T20 too! They played a five game T20 series here in 2022 and the first inning scores were; 103 all out (chased), 171/8 (won), 224/5 (won), 193/6 (won) and 179/4 (won). I think in the West Indies it pays to bat first.
It’s interesting to see we have a pretty even market here. England were very short to win each of the three ODI’s. I suppose the T20 format is where West Indies are best – Andre Russell has also returned to the squad for this series, and it will be interesting to see how that plays out; it’s been a while. England look very short of confidence at the moment to be honest, and if we have good batting conditions I can see the West Indies hitting them to all parts. I’m going to keep stakes small, but the 2.1 on West Indies is worth a bet.
The Edge Says:
One point win West Indies to beat England at 2.1 with Betdaq Exchange
View the market here -> https://betdaq.biz/WIEng
I think it will pay to support the side who bats first here. Whatever the conditions I think that is a nice play; if it’s a very low and slow deck you get best use of conditions. If it’s a belter then we’ll very likely see a big score and batting first worked very well in the last series between the sides here. The West Indies XI is definitely stronger for this series, so their batting is worth supporting. I know the England bowling is still learning, but they do seem there for the taking at times.