Joe Root Ashes Top Runscorer Odds

England captain Joe Root found himself back in the runs in England’s last warm up match, scoring 83 in the drawn match against a Cricket Australia XI.

Ahead of the 1st Test starting in Brisbane this Thursday, Root is expected to be England’s top run scorer, and this is backed up in the latest Ashes Betting.

In Ashes Top Run Scorer Betting, Root is third favourite, behind Australia’s Steven Smith and David Warner, while in Top England Batting, Root is unsurprisingly the favourite.

To be top overall series run scorer (both sides included in this market), Root is a best price of 5/1 with William Hill, with Smith at 11/4 and Warner at 3/1.

To be Top England Run Scorer, Root is a lot shorter at 7/4 with Betfair, in what is being deemed a two horse race by the bookmakers. Alastair Cook comes next st 11/4, and after that you can take your pick.

Jonny Bairstow is 6/1, Mark Stoneman is 7/1, Vince is at 10/1, with Dawid Malan at a decent value (in my view) looking 12/1. After that comes Moeen, who is 20/1.

In Ashes Spread Betting, Root’s runs are available to Sell at 430, and Buy at 450 with leading spread betting firm Sporting Index.

Is it the right call to bring Alex Hales back for Ashes tour?

The name of Alex Hales has been mentioned and strongly linked to a place in the upcoming Ashes squad announcement, and his innings on Saturday in the T20 against West Indies, was a timely reminder for the selectors of just what he is capable off.

Hales was by far the most impressive of the England batsmen, top scoring with 43 runs in England’s 21 run defeat, and not only was he England’s best batsman, he was the only English batsman who was able to handle the conditions.

Yes, this was only a T20 fixture, not an Ashes Test match, I get that, but the point is just how comfortable Hales now looks at international level, so why can’t he take that into red ball cricket?

When Hales was last in the England Test team, he was still finding his way in international cricket, and he wasn’t too assured in any format.

Now he has the presence of a man who knows he belongs at international level, and his white ball form has shown that over the last 12 to 18 months, where alongside Joe Root, he has been England’s best batsman.

I believe the time is right for a Test recall for Hales, and I hope he is included in the upcoming squad. Lets be honest about things, he can’t really do any worse than a lot of the players who have been playing at 2, 4, and 5, for England recently, so he certainly won’t be weakening the squad, and if he does come off, he can be destructive and a possible match winner.

I would like to see the Nottinghamshire man in the middle order batting at No.5, with one of Root and Malan at numbers 3 and 4 respectively (or the other way round if Joe insists on batting 4 still).

In Ashes Betting Australia are still odds on favourites at 4/7. A drawn series is 6/1, with England at 5/2, all odds with bet365 (Welcome Bonus up to £200 here) and correct at the time of writing.

Ashes Fixtures 2017/18

The Ashes in Australia is fast approaching, and this year sees the fist ever Day/Night Test match between the 2 nations, with Adelaide hosting the event at the start of December.

As ever there is 5 Test matches, and all the usual venues are being used, with the tradition Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, and the new year’s Test match in Sydney.

Ashes Test Match Dates

England currently hold the Ashes after a 3-2 series win in England back in 2015, so in the event of a drawn series, Joe Root’s men would retain the Urn.

Latest Ashes Betting

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Roland-Jones axing shows ruthless side to Joe Root

The brutal nature of top class international sport was never better highlighted than Wednesday’s axing of Toby Roland-Jones from the England team for the 2nd Test against West Indies, starting on Friday.

Roland-Jones has played just 3 Tests, taking 14 wickets at an average of 19.35, with 2 of those Test matches having been against South Africa.

In truth, Roland-Jones has done nothing wrong, but it just goes to show how tough international sport is, and from an England fans point of view, shows a more ruthless nature from the new Joe Root regime, which will surely be needed if England are to have a chance in the Ashes later this year.

In the past I would suggest that England could rightly be accused of metaphorically taking their foot off the throat when they are on top, rather than pressing down harder, like an Aussie or South African team would have.

England could easily do that against this West Indies team, but bringing Chris Woakes back at the expense of Roland-Jones suggests that England are not taking their foot off the throat. Before injury, Woakes had become one of England’s main players, so in bringing him back and not choosing to rotate or rest Anderson or Broad, England have shown they are not going to ease up.

In the latest Ashes betting, Betvictor currently have England as the 11/5 outsiders to win the Ashes outright, they have shortened slightly after the series win over South Africa. A drawn series is 6/1, with an Aussie win currently at 8/13.

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With the first Ashes test not until 23rd November, there is plenty of time for those odds to change. Australia could struggle in Bangladesh, and either side could pick up injuries, resulting in a change in the odds.

Australia will always be the favourites in their own conditions though (unless something dramatic happens), and the worldwide trend of late shows that the likes on England, Australia and India, all thrive in their home conditions, but struggle when they they tour each other’s nations, so clearly England will be up against it.

All England can do at the moment is give themselves their best chance. They have already demolished South Africa 3-1 this summer, and by getting their best XI on the field against West Indies, and being ruthless, they are demonstrating to Australia that they are not going be a pushover.

England v West Indies Test Series Betting

If the bookmakers are to be believed, West Indies are set to be trounced by a resurgent England in the forthcoming three-Test series, set to begin at Edgbaston on 17 August and followed by matches at Headingley (25 August) and Lord’s (7 September).

Despite a collapse in the second Test at Trent Bridge, England’s recent comprehensive 3-1 series win over South Africa produced a number of stand-out performances, and the side would now seem to be packed with buccaneering all-rounders for the first time in a long time — if ever. As a result of the series win, England cricket is on a high and odds on the forthcoming Ashes series show the punters are getting back on board too.

Against South Africa, Moeen Ali had one of the best sustained performances of his career, taking 25 wickets at 15.64, making him the leading wicket taker for the series, and scoring 252 runs at 36.00 with two fifties. Fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes also made a formidable contribution, scoring 299 runs at 37.37, including a highest score of 112 and two fifties, and taking 7 wickets at 43.00.

Other England performances across the South Africa series also suggest that the hosts are going to have too much firepower for the Windies with both bat and ball: new skipper Joe Root finished his first series in charge with 461 runs at 57.62, with 1 ton and 3 fifties; Johnny Bairstow found some form, scoring 330 runs at 41.25 with 3 fifties, including a memorable 99 in the last Test; and Alastair Cook was Alastair Cook, his 268 runs coming at 33.50 with two half-centuries.

Stand out performers with the ball (apart form Moeen) were: Jimmy Anderson (as to be expected), with 20 wickets at 14.10 (best 7/54); new boy Toby Roland-Jones, who took 10 wickets at 22.20 (including a 5-wicket haul on debut); and Stuart Broad, who chipped in with 11 wickets at 32.00, with a best of 3/46.

West Indies, on the other hand, come into the series without showing any particularly impressive form in its lead-up matches, finishing with draws against Essex and Kent (with a match against Derbyshire to come). Several batsmen managed to get starts against the County attacks without going on with it: skipper Kraigg Brathwaite scored 61 in the first innings against Essex (but followed this up with scores of 2, 8 and 0); Jermaine Blackwood produced a fifty in each match; while Roston Chase was impressive in his 81 in the first innings against Essex, which he followed up with 50* in the second dig (he didn’t play in the Kent match).

It’s been said many times before, of course, but West Indies bowling attacks of today have none of the penetration and ferocity of their illustrious predecessors, and there would seem at this stage to be little in their bowling line-up to worry the England batsmen. Nevertheless, Kemar Roach took 5/43 off 18 overs against Kent, while Alzarri Joseph picked up 4/72 off 22 overs in the same match.

Form alone coming into the First Test at Edgbaston would therefore seem to point to a comprehensive England win, and a quick troll through some of the major bookmakers profiled on the comparison site Playright would seem to back this up. 1/4 at SkyBet are currently the best odds you can get on an England win in the First Test, with a best price for the draw of 5/1 at SkyBet, William Hill, BetFred and PaddyPower.

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Bet365 also has a market in place for the overall series result (an England 3-0 win is currently 8/13). Given the fact that the series is being played so late in the summer, the possibility of all three Tests being drawn due to rain is not entirely out of the question, so the odds of 100/1 for a 0-0 series result could be the best value bet of the summer, and one that’s definitely worth having a tenner on!

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On the cricket field, and the 2017 IPL is well underway, and one of the pre tournament favourites, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), are in a right mess.

Star players Indian captain Virat Kohli, West Indies superstar Chris Gayle, and former South African captain, AB de Villiers, are all totally misfiring this season.

RCB are now a massive 50/1 (last in the betting) to win the IPL, having being the red hot favourites after buying Tymal Mills in the auction. It is a spectacular collapse from a team boasting such talent, and there is clearly something wrong with the highly rated franchise.

They’ve managed only 2 wins from their 10 outings so far, and only climbed off the bottom of the table with the point they earned from a washout against Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier in the week.

India V Australia, 3rd Test Betting, Sledging, and Mitchell Starc’s foot

The 3rd Test in what has been a very hard fought series between India and Australia starts in Ranchi on Thursday, and amid all the flak flying around, and the controversy over referrals, etc, it looks set to another enthralling spectacle.

The 2nd Test at Bengaluru a couple of weeks back was a topsy-turvy affair, with Australia managing to lose a low scoring game by 75 runs, despite having a 1st innings lead of 87 runs.

To further compound Aussie misery, they have lost both the Mitchells to injury, Marsh and Starc. The lose of Mitchell Marsh (shoulder) isn’t probably the biggest problem for Australia, as they have spinning all-rounder options to come into the side at No.6, and that ensures they can keep the balance of the team as it was.

The loss of Mitchell Starc with a stress fracture of the foot is a bigger blow though. Starc may not have pulled up many trees on this tour, but he is the spearhead of the Aussie attack. Not only will his loss to the attack be felt here, there is also the worry of longer term problems for the left arm quick.

Starc has already spent a lot of time out injured with foot and ankle problems over the last 2 to 3 years. So with the Champions Trophy and Ashes coming up over the next 10 months, the Aussie camp will be praying that it’s nothing more than a routine stress fracture, brought on by bowling on a dry hard pitch, rather than something more deep routed, that is maybe related to previous issues.

Most of the top Sports Betting Sites have India at 8/13 to win the 3rd Test, and take a 2-1 series lead. The draw is at around 9/2 to 5/1, with an Australia victory at around 3/1, with Betvictor sticking their necks out a bit, and offering 7/2.

A win here at Ranchi for the Aussies would see them retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, as that would mean the worst the Aussies could do is draw the series, and as the current holders of the trophy, Steven Smith’s team would retain if the series is drawn.

There has been plenty of bickering between these two sides, and it will be interesting to see what kind of spirit the 3rd Test is played in. The two respective boards have held clear the air talks, and the match referee has got involved pre match, to try and ensure the match is played in the right spirit.

To see the Aussies moaning about sledging is slightly ironic, and as Ian Chappell himself said, when you dish it out, you have to be prepared to take it when it comes back your way, and he knows a thing or two about sledging.

“I also don’t think the Australians are in any position to start throwing stones. They’re no choirboys themselves. It’s ridiculous to allow that much chatter to occur on the field.”

Ian Chappell

Joe Root: Captain Perfect Or Not?

The decision to appoint Joe Root as England captain has been met, primarily, with acclaim. After all, Root’s career to date has seen him earn a batting average of over 50 in test matches, and he is widely reported to be a popular figure in the dressing room.

There is no doubt Root is a talented batsman, currently in the top three in the ICC Top 10 Test Batsmen standings, but will the step up to captain see him fall into the trap that befell Michael Vaughan and Alastair Cook, both of whom saw their batting careers take a nosedive once the weight of captaincy was placed on their shoulders?

Was Root The Only Candidate?

Perhaps some of these concerns revolve around the lack of real competition in terms of contenders for the next captain of the national team.

Jimmy Anderson is no longer fit enough to play consistently for England, Ben Stokes has talent but needs to improve his levels of performance on the test cricket scene, and Stuart Broad is reaching the end of a brilliant career, so it’s fair to say there was a rather limited pool of options.


This in isolation doesn’t necessarily make Root a bad choice, but with England recently so reliant on Root to dig them out of a hole with the bat, is this the time to make him captain? Having to deal already on a regular basis with the burden of being the man capable of grabbing the game by the scruff with his own skills, can he cope with the additional pressure of making the team work smoothly as captain?

Will He Live Up To The Great Yorkshire Tradition?

Joe Root isn’t the first England captain to hail from Yorkshire. In fact, he takes his place as the 10th captain to come from the county. The list of prior Yorkshire captains is an illustrious one, including Yorkshire legend Geoffrey Boycott, but there’s another intimidating statistic here to pile even more pressure on those young shoulders: those captains between them have only lost 29 tests.

At the age of just 26, Root is certainly one of the younger players to have taken on the England captaincy, and he will need to use the confidence of youth to his advantage in order to help England back to the top of the world test rankings.

Getting off to a winning start against a South African test team at the home of cricket, Lords, will be essential for Root as he looks to stamp his authority on the national team and start proving his doubters wrong. From then on, all eyes will turn to the Ashes and England’s chances of success against the Aussies.

England Cricket Team - The Ashes Trent Bridge 2015

Current cricket betting odds from bet365 suggest that the chances are stacked against Root and the English team to triumph in the next Ashes series, with England currently at 13/5 to win the series, but stranger things have happened than a new, young imposter in an England shirt carrying the weight of the nation on his shoulders leading his team to glory and that famous little urn.

Sports Betting in Canada

Betting in overseas territories is a subject we have covered here on Cricket Betting Blog in the past, and today we are looking into betting in Canada, where sports like Ice Hockey and Basketball are huge betting events.

First, we take a look at the legalities. Before we do anything that could land us in trouble, it’s important to have to look into the minefield that is betting on the continent of North America.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Canada?

The answer to that is, Yes, it is legal. Thankfully there are different rules governing betting online in Canada, to that of the USA. Placing sports bet in Canada is fine, and nearly all online bookmakers accept Canadian players.

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Betting in Canada is Legal

Sports Betting In Canada

Opening sportsbook accounts and placing bets in Canada is really simple. First you need to find a sportsbook that is trustworthy, and is well recommended. Once you have done that, you sign up.

Signing up is easy, you will just have to fill out your name and address, create a username and password, and add your bank details. Once you have done that, you are ready to go.

New Sportsbook Customer Bonuses

Before you deposit and place a bet, it is crucial that you read through the terms and conditions, as there may well be a decent welcome bonus which you get when you open your account.

Nearly every sportsbook will offer new customers a welcome bonus of some sort. It is usually a free bet, or a deposit bonus.

In a lot of deposit bonuses cases, the amount you receive is based on your first deposit. This is why it’s very important that you read the terms of the sign up bonuses carefully.

For example, if you can get a deposit bonus of 50%, up to a maximum of $200, then there is little point opening your new account and placing 10 dollars in there on your first deposit, and then deciding to put a couple of hundred in a few days later, as your deposit bonus will be paid out based on the $10 deposit (your first deposit).

Most of this information is readily available on the sign up page. If not, you should find it on the promotions page of the website, or you could give them a ring.

When you get a deposit bonus welcome offer, there is usually rollover requirements. This is simply to stop people putting money into the account, getting the deposit bonus, and then withdrawing it.

Rollover requirements are usually something like, X3 of your deposit, and X2 of your bonus.

So this would mean if it was X3 of your deposit, and you deposited $100, you would need to gamble $300 to play through it three times (X3).

You would then need to play through your bonus (say it is $50 for the sake of this example), meaning you would need to gamble a further $100. When you have done all of this, you are free to withdraw your money from your account.

The alternative to a deposit bonus for new customers, is the free bet. The free bet can usually come in one of two forms – the risk free bet, or the free matched bet.

Risk Free Bet

Staring with the risk free bet, and this is a free bet that you get for opening a new account, but only if your first bet loses.

So for example, a bookmaker offers you a $25 risk free bet. You place your bet on Canada to beat the USA at soccer. If Canada wins, you pick up your winnings and nothing else. While if Canada lose or draw, you get a $25 free bet to use, as your first bet didn’t win.

Free Matched Bet

The free matched bet is a free bet that you get for opening your account no matter what happens with your first bet. It is usually a 100% match up offer, up to a certain amount.

So for this example, let’s say that the bookmaker is offering you a 100% free matched bet up to a maximum of $25, when you open a new account with them.

So what this means is that you place $25 on Canada to beat Russia at Ice Hockey. Then whether Canada win, lose, or draw, you get a free bet of $25 to use.

With free matched bets, the outcome of your first bet is totally irrelevant, you get your free bet simply for opening an account, and placing a bet.

Personally I much prefer the free matched bet, as it is guaranteed no matter what happens, and I class this as a real bonus.

Different Bookmakers Will Offer Different Bonuses

The bonus you get will simply depend on the sportsbook/bookmaker’s offer. From time to time the bookmaker might change the new customer offer, so if you don’t think the offer is that good, and are not in a rush to open an account with that bookmaker, it might be worth your while waiting to see if the offer does change.

As you can see, there are plenty of sports betting options in Canada, with plenty of sign up bonuses and free bets that you can claim for your betting. It is a fairly easy process, and you can even use such sign up bonuses to fund your online betting.

As well as using Canadian bookmakers for your sports betting, it is also possible to open accounts with European bookmakers who accept customers from all around the world. Some of these bookmakers will accept deposits in Canadian dollars, and for the ones that don’t, you can deposit funds using the e-wallet method instead.

A lot of these sportsbooks will also have casino platforms for you too use, all of which can be accessed through the same login.

Popular Betting Sports In Canada

Sports more familiar to natives of Canada, there is also a growing interest in betting on overseas sporting events such as English Premier League football, which is a very popular spectator and gambling event all over the world, not just in Canada.

As well as Ice Hockey and Basketball, other popular sports in Canada are Lacrosse, Canadian Football, Soccer (football to Europeans), Curling and Baseball. The official winter sport in Canada is Ice Hockey, and summer sport is Lacrosse.

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Ice Hockey Betting

Ice Hockey is huge in Canada, and is a massive gambling sport. The Stanley Cup is the premier event, with teams from Canada and the USA both taking part, the current holders are Pittsburgh Penguins.

Popular betting markets on Ice Hockey are…….. Money Line, Enhanced Odds, Puck Line Handicap, Total Goals, 60 Minutes Betting, Draw No Bet, Double Chance, 1st Period Double Chance, and 60 Minutes Correct Score.

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