England v Windies: Eyes on the Skies as we Head into Day 5

Joe Root will be hoping the weather clears up for the final day of the 3rd test between england and the west indies

The most important factor on the final day of the Third Test between England and the West Indies could well be…the weather.

At the time of writing, the whole of Day Four looks to be a total washout with play set to be called off without a single ball being bowled.

This is normally the time we’d be saying ‘it’s frustrating for the fans’ but in the absence of any at Old Trafford, we’ll rather say ‘It must be highly frustrating for Joe Root and his men’.

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Who are the favourites to win?

They’re extremely well set to win the Third Test after reducing the Windies to 10/2 in the fourth innings, with opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and nightwatchman Kemar Roach, the first two to go.

The Windies need another 389 runs to win but they simply don’t have the time to get those runs on Day Five so with the Windies win out of the equation, it’s a case of England taking the final eight wickets or the Windies..possibly with the help of the weather…hanging on for what would be an excellent draw and a drawn series.

The best betting sites have the England win at around the 1.25 mark to win the Third Test with the draw roughly a 4.5 chance and the Windies an almost irrelevant 150 in terms of odds.

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What’s the forecast for Tuesday?

Well, that’s the million-dollar question.

Different sources are predicting slightly different things but the BBC suggests about a 10% to 20% chance of rain throughout most of the day, which could mean a mixture of showers and fair weather.

Reading between the lines, England really should have enough time to take those last eight wickets and wrap up the Series.

Their task is made easier by three factors.

  1. The rain will make the wicket spicier and harder to bat on.
  2. Stuart Broad and James Anderson are bowling well and could really enjoy themselves in these conditions.
  3. The Windies are better suited to chasing hard totals than playing out draws and besides, they’ve already lost their most obdurate batsman in Brathwaite.

But will they have enough time to get those eight wickets?

Of course, an England win would do us just fine.

Betway with best odds on England to win 2-1

We recommended a bet on England winning the Series 2-1 with Betway before it started so if they can bowl the Windies out, we’ll cap off what’s been an excellent series for us from a cricket betting point of view.

Having said that, if you haven’t bet on that 2-1, best keep your powder dry.

You don’t want to be backing England at a short price without really knowing the real story with the rain.

This is Manchester, after all.

How did we get here?

Ollie Pope masterminded England’s 369 in the first innings with an excellent 91 but the highlight was the quickfire 62 off 45 balls from Stuart Broad…

It’s been ages since Broad played an innings of any note but he was aggressive and determined, hitting nine fours and a six in an excellent cameo that gave England momentum and confidence.

Stuart Broad is having a remarkable Test match in the England vs West Indies 2020 Test Series

He followed that up with a fine effort with the ball, taking six wickets, as England reduced the Windies to 197.

England then declared on 226/2, with skipper Root playing a similar innings to that of Broad, looking to score quickly even if it meant getting out.

He was unbeaten on 68 off just 56 when they declared, just when Rory Burns got out for 90.

They then made the most of the last half hour on Sunday by taking two wickets, Broad doing the damage once again in claiming both.

So all eyes on the skies as we head into Day 5 of what’s been an intriguing Series so far and one a lot closer than many would have predicted.

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