Indeed, the removal of Jonathan Trott during the second innings saw England at 29 for 3 before Alastair Cook and Ian Bell were able to steady the ship and get the world ranked number one team over the line.
The weather is set fair in Nottingham and the bookies offer a best price of 1/3 (Ladbrokes free bets) that Andrew Strauss and his team go 2-0 up, although there wasn’t much between the two teams in north London and the tourists did have barely any time to prepare for the opener.
That is not the case for this 2nd Test, although there is a clear reliance on Shivnarine Chanderpaul who amassed 87 runs in the opening innings before helping his side reach 345 days later thanks to a knock of 91.
The Windies are available at 10/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) and that price is too big considering that England are currently capable of creaking when it comes to batting, while Stuart Broad was the only bowler that really performed to a high level at Lord’s.
The Nottinghamshire player is back on home soil for this Test and we really should avail ourselves of the 11/4 (Coral) about him taking the most wickets considering how beautifully he played in the 1st Test where 11 wickets were taken.
We have seen Broad perform very well with bat and ball at Trent Bridge before and you can get odds of 50/1 (Sky Bet bookmaker) that he claims the most runs for England, although perhaps the best bet is on Alastair Cook.
The Essex opener did excellently to keep the ship steady on that final day of the last Test and odds of 4/1 (Stan James) seem generous enough, with Jon Trott and Kevin Pietersen also jostling for favouritism.
Chanderpaul is unsurprisingly favourite for the visitors, with a best price 5/2 on offer at BetVictor, although Darren Bravo also demonstrated at Lord’s that he is handy with a bat and wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin is a value proposition at 16/1.
Perhaps that England victory will give them the confidence to ratchet the performance levels up a few notches and the 1/3 about there being a century scored in this match looks like buying money considering that Nottingham has always seen players score big run tallies.
The home side are a 1/2 chance to have the highest opening partnership, with Betfred going 13/8 about the West Indies who know that defeat in this match would mean a series loss.
There seems little chance of a draw being forced with the weather forecast as it currently stands unless both teams are capable of preserving their wickets very well.