West Indies will hope to put up a strong fight against the world number two side Australia when the two clash in the first Test at Dominica. Check below for the West Indies v Australia 1st Test betting tips.
Australia registered a resounding nine-wicket win on the third day of the first Test against West Indies. There was a brief period when Marlon Samuels and Shane Dowrich had a century-run stand going for them, taking them past the Aussie score three wickets down. However, once that partnership was broken, the rest of the side fell away to give Australia just 47 to chase down. They did it for the loss of David Warner’s wicket.
Day Three Preview:
West Indies started off like they were in the slugfest, in a scrap and at one stage even harboured hopes of bowling Australia out for something close to their own 148. When Devendra Bishoo’s ball of the year took off Brad Haddin’s off-stump, they were down to 126 for six but 52, 43 and 94-run stands for three of the last four wickets put paid to their plans.
Australia ended up with a lead of 170 and whatever gains that West Indies had made were lost. If you are a cricket trader, then West Indies had gone from 18/1 yesterday to 4/1 earlier today and would have been a good chance to cover your positions. Now it looks like it’s beyond West Indies’ reach.
To make matters worse for West Indies they also lost two wickets before close and are now 20/1 with bet365 to win the Test. Bet365 are also offering just 1/25 for an Aussie win and these are markets you should getting into. Instead look at some other matches like the Djokovic v Murray betting in the French Open semi-finals or the Champions League final betting.
Day Two Preview:
Australia surely had the better of West Indies on day one by bowling them out for 148 on the first innings but it doesn’t look like it’s a pitch on which scoring will be easy. Nor does it look like things will get any easier from here on, which is why West Indies will be ruing the fact they were bowled out for such a low score. A total of 250 would have probably put them in the driver’s seat.
Instead, they did fight back reasonably well to chip away at three of the Australia’s wickets and restricted the scoring too. Australia ended the day at 85 for three. And they looked in all sorts of difficulties too as can be seen by the way Steven Smith batted – his unbeaten 17 coming off just 67 deliveries.
Australia are favourites and by a distance but there’s every chance West Indies can shorten those odds on offer for their win – 18/1. That will be possible if they can bowl Australia out for around 225, reduce the lead to less than 100 and make something out of it. It’s not entirely impossible. Australia are 1/14 to win this at this stage, not too enticing at all.
Story so far:
Australia’s Test match form in recent times has been a tad up and down, despite them being the number two side in the world. Of course they defeated England at home and then overcame South Africa away but the defeat at the hands of Pakistan in UAE would have stung.
They came back strongly at home to win a four-match Test series against India but to say they were very convincing in that series would be understating the facts. And while they are now playing away from home against a side ranked eighth in the world, they would do well to not underestimate West Indies.
For one, the tracks in the West Indies have been tweaked around to suit the hosts. They will be slow, sluggish and make life miserable for quick bowlers. Scoring runs would be difficult, but so will be picking up wickets.
Secondly, Australia haven’t played Test match cricket for a while now and that could indicate rust. It was on display during their warm-up game against the West Indies Cricket Board XI, in which they conceded the first innings lead and found wicket-taking tough.
Thirdly, West Indies are coming off a 1-1 drawn series against England after falling 1-0 behind. That was a major boost to their confidence. Surely they will do better than the odds offered for them to win the Test – 8/1 with bet365.
Australia will also need bit of a rejig to their order, what with a last minute injury to Chris Rogers ruling him out of the game. Rogers was hit on his helmet by a nets bowler and suffered concussion as a result of that. What needs to be seen is who will replace him as opener, with Shaun Marsh looking most likely following his tour game century.
Steven Smith (Australia):
For a man who dominated bowling attacks throughout the previous summer, it will come as no surprise if he continues in a similar vein. There was a small matter of the IPL in which Smith struggled to get going but his class seems permanent and the West Indies will need to be prepared to battle hard against him.
Darren Bravo (West Indies):
Speak of class and there’s one batsman who exudes a lot of it, Darren Bravo. There’s a definite touch of Brian Lara in his batting and if he can improve his appetite for longer stays at the wicket, he could be the man to watch out this Test. He hit two half-centuries and two 30s against England in six innings and might want to convert at least one of those into a 100.
West Indies v Australia head to head:
Australia are way ahead of the West Indies, having won 54 and lost 32 of their matches. In more recent times, Australia have won nine of their previous 12 Tests and drawn the remaining three, with West Indies’ last win against the Aussies having come in 2003. It’s been that bad.
West Indies v Australia 1st Test betting tips:
First innings century: Yes (11/8 at bet365)
Darren Bravo to be West Indies’ top batsman: 7/2 (bet365)
Nathan Lyon to be Australia’s top bowler: 4/1 (bet365)
Match starts at 10 am local time (1400 hours GMT, 1 am Australia time) on June 3