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Stuart Dalgleish 5th May 2009 - 18:30

Red-hot Onions can really make West Indies cry

Graham Onions makes his England debut at Lord's on Wednesday and the medium-fast bowler couldn't be in better nick.

Already this season the Durham star has taken 15 wickets in his opening two County Championship games, including an outstanding 6 for 31 to skittle out Somerset for just 69, as the North-east outfit look to defend the title they won for the first time last year.

Joining Onions in making his Test debut will be Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan (the allrounder has played a handful of limited overs games for England), who himself has made a pretty decent start to the 2009 season, taking seven wickets in two Friends Provident Trophy games but just three so far in his two Championship matches.

England desperately need the pair to shine because in the winter the Three Lions just couldn't bowl the West Indies out, in fact only once in ten (and a bit) Test matches have England managed to take all 20 opposition wickets required to win a Test, something that the Windies' captain Chris Gayle is all too aware about.

The smart money will be on the draw as that has been the outcome in the last six consecutive Test matches at Lord's, that's available at odds of 5/4. England won 3-0 in the last series at home against the West Indies, there's only two Test's this time so can England give themselves a chance of another series win? 11/10 says they start off with a victory to help their cause. The tourists are available at a big price of 5/1 to claim the win that would leave England, again, without a chance of winning the Wisden Trophy.

England captain Andrew Strauss was on great form when the two sides met in the Caribbean, scoring three centuries in three straight games. He's an attractive price of 10/3 to score another ton and keep this great run going, and he's priced at 7/2 to be the top 1st innings England batsman.

Ramnaresh Sarwan hit boundaries for fun in the reverse tour, smashing three centuries including a whopping score of 291 in the fourth Test. Can he keep up this fantastic form? He's a 5/2 shot to top the West Indies score card in the 1st innings of this test, odds of 7/2 just to get a three figure score.

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