England v West Indies series betting tips, odds and free bets

It appears as though something of an English summer is on the horizon and that bodes well for the forthcoming three Test series between England and the West Indies, starting at Lord’s on 17 May

The two teams will meet at St John’s Wood before further Test Matches at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston, with the England team having a point to prove following a disappointing 2012 tour of the sub-continent which saw them lose 3-0 against Pakistan before drawing a two-match series against Sri Lanka.

Andy Flower’s team should be a lot more comfortable on home soil and will hope to use this three-parter as a good warm-up for their series against South Africa later in the year. The home team are 1/5 (Bet Victor free bets) to claim an overall victory.

It has been some time since the Windies were a major force in world cricket and they could easily be outclassed by England in all three Tests, especially as their preparation has been affected by the poor weather conditions over the past fortnight.

The bookies are happy to lay the tourists at odds of 14/1 (Blue Square bookmaker) for the series and the best that they can hope for is probably a consolation victory in one of the matches, with a 2-1 England triumph on offer at 7/1.

You can get odds of 5/2 (Stan James free £10 bet) that England enjoy a whitewash although that is obviously weather dependent and a 2-0 win for the home side is on offer at 2/1 (Ladbrokes).

There will be plenty of players out to prove a point during this series, not least Andrew Strauss whose batting average for his country has slumped in recent months. The England captain is available at 11/2 to be top runscorer over the three matches, with the bookies placing three other players above Strauss in the betting market.

Fellow opener Alastair Cook can be backed at 3/1 (William Hill) to run up the biggest tally, while Kevin Pietersen is clearly capable of amassing runs at a quick rate, although the best shout could be the ever reliable Jonathan Trott, someone who can be backed at 10/3.

For the tourists, Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the outstanding talent and he’s a 2/1 (Paddy Power) chance to score the most runs, although he will be facing a fearsome England bowling attack which includes the irrepressible James Anderson.

Anderson played a key role in ensuring India were heavily beaten last summer and he’s a 5/2 chance to claim the most wickets, with Ladbrokes offering bigger odds than ever other firm.

Graeme Swann’s chances naturally depend on the weather and pitch conditions, while Stuart Broad is too erratic to trust with a big punt.

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