England v West Indies: Analysis and tips for the second Test
Everything you need to know, including where to place your money, as the hosts aim to extend their series lead.
Such was the extent of their dominance in the first Test at Edgbaston that England head to Headingley as enormous favourites to go 2-0 up on West Indies in this three-match series.
Stating the case for a longer price is difficult.
The visitors conceded 514 runs, for eight wickets, in the best part of two days in Birmingham, before losing 19 wickets in less than a full day’s play on Saturday.
Even worse, it did not feel like an anomaly or freak. In fact, a repeat annihilation is significantly more likely than a turnaround.
The only intrigue here lies in the size of the winning margin.
Taking that into account, here are our top tips for the second Test:
Top 1st innings England batsman: Joe Root –
Alastair Cook - whose Gary-Nicolls bat-maker we recently spoke to - scored a marathon double-hundred last week, which sees him draw level with Joe Root in this market.
But though Cook shone, Root is still the outstanding player in this team, and is decent value if not rated above all of his team-mates.
Top 1st innings England bowler: James Anderson –
Jimmy Anderson will have an eye on his 500th Test wicket, after his five last week saw his tally progress to 492.
Considering some suggestion that England may look to rest their talisman in the third Test of this series, eight wickets must be his aim at Headingley.
Kieran Powell: Under 15.5 1st innings runs –
Powell fell victim to Anderson twice last week – first run out, before edging to slip later in the day.
England’s new-ball pair will eye him up as their customary early wicket in this one.
England fall of 1st innings 1st wicket: Under 38.5 –
England batted just once last week, so it took only a Kemar Roach snorter to deny Mark Stoneman the chance to impress on debut.
With Shannon Gabriel back, though, the new-ball threat should be considerable again.
England to win –
Tipping up such a clear favourite is hardly inventive.
Unfortunately for West Indies, no other result is conceivable.