Thursday, May 24, 2012

Stewart tips England to Wrap up Series

Former England captain, Alec Stewart, expects the West Indies to struggle in seam-friendly conditions at Trent Bridge, and believes that the hosts are firm favourites to wrap up the series.

England began their international summer with a five-wicket victory over the Windies at Lord’s, though they were pushed all the way by the resolute tourists.

The West Indies were below par on the opening two days of the Test, but improved as the match wore on. They dug deep with bat in hand and looked threatening with the ball, particularly quick bowler, Kemar Roach.

Despite an impressive first Test showing, Stewart reckons the Windies will struggle to live with England, in Nottingham. The bookies share Stewart’s belief – England are the current favourites to triumph in the Betfair Cricket tips.

"I expect England to be stronger at Trent Bridge, where they have won their last three Test matches - against India, Pakistan and New Zealand - by massive margins", he told BBC Sport. 

"The West Indies will find the going in Nottingham even tougher than they did at Lord's because the ground is renowned as a swing bowler's paradise and, in James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Tim Bresnan, England have three of the best in the business."

England’s biggest problem will again be finding a way to remove the obdurate Shivnarine Chanderpaul, according to Stewart.

Chanderpaul has long been a thorn in England’s side, and scored 178 across both innings in a losing cause in the first Test, losing his wicket just once.

"I still believe the best bet is to bowl full and straight at him. He is a prime candidate for leg-before, as he hangs back and plays from the crease line", added Stewart.

"It does mean potentially giving away a few runs through mid-wicket or square leg, but as he batted for more than 10 hours at Lord's for just once out, I would suggest it's worth a go."

Get betting advice from somebody who knows what he is talking about; visit the Michael Vaughan tips page on Betfair.

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