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.

If you do fancy a punt on the Windies coming out on top at Edgbaston, you can currently get 14/1 at BetFred, or 12/1 at William Hill, PaddyPower and 21Bet.

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!

Last Chance For England

It’s now or never for England, as later on today they take on the Aussies in the penultimate match of their disastrous tour of Australia. Only two wins from the final two T20 matches can salvage any crumbs for England, and even that would still seem a bit hollow, after what’s already gone on.

Stuart Broad indicated after the first T20 that he felt Australia got a few too many runs, so a change in the bowling unit could be on the cards for Melbourne.

Obviously the MCG is a far bigger ground that the one at Hobart (where Australia won the 1st T20 by 13 runs), so with this in mind, England would be expecting to concede less runs should they be in the field first.

Although England slumped to 51/4 at Hobart, it was still a good effort to get up to 200 in the end. But I do find myself wondering whether that was down to the fact that the game looked up for England, so the incoming batsman could just play their shots without fear?

We’ve seen all too often in the past that England can crumble under pressure, so is it any real surprise that all of a sudden the same players can look half decent in a lost cause?

In the betting for the 2nd ODI from the MCG, the bookies unsurprisingly make Australia favourites yet again, but only just in fairness.

The Aussies can be backed at a best price of 5/6 with Boylesports to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, and leave England with 3 out 3 series’ defeats. England are 6/5 to level the series with Youwin. They are 11/10 with pretty much every other layer.

As has been the case in much of the limited overs’ matches, Aaron Finch proved to be the major thorn in England’s side. Finch is 8/1 favourite with Skybet to be the Man of the Match at the MCG (Cameron White pipped him in Hobart).

Moving onto the outright series winner, and again the punters and bookies don’t seem to fancy England to get much out of this series. Australia are 1/3 with Boylesports to win the best of 3 match series, while England are 10/3 with William Hill.

Australia 4/5 for another Whitewash

Only two more matches – or torture sessions as they could be known –  are now left for Alastair Cook to endure, and judging by his comments after losing the series in Sydney, they could be his last two matches as captain.

Such has been Australia’s dominance throughout the whole tour, that the 4/5 currently on offer for another Australian victory is not for them to win the 4th ODI, but to win final two ODIs, and complete another Whitewash of England (Australia are 4/5 to win the series 5-0 with William Hill).

I can’t remember a time when two supposedly evenly matched teams had such one sided odds, 4/5 is usually the sort of price you would get on a team winning one ODI, not two.

This tour has been a complete disaster for Alastair Cook, it really is hard to see how he comes back from this. This has more than likely finished him off as captain, maybe in both formats, and it could have also done untold damage to him as an international cricketer.

I have my views on the level of importance given to 50 Over cricket by England, and I will vent that on another day, but suffice to say that resting some of England’s better 50 Over cricketers probably hasn’t helped the cause.

I’m pretty sure they would have defended that total in the 2nd match had Stuart Broad been playing, as he should have been.

That’s all water under the bridge now, and despite Cook claiming the other night that he won’t leave anything out on the field over the last two matches, it’s hard to see what he has left to give.

Australia are resting Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, David Warner and Shane Watson for the 4th match (resting players after a series is won, what a novel idea), and even taking that into consideration, they are still 4/9 favourites to win the match.

And before anybody reminds me that Mitchell Johnson was rested at the start of the series, I am aware of that. My point is England went too far after they rested Kevin Pietersen (probably dropped), Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson. Not a luxury you can afford after a Test thrashing, and already without Swann and Trott.

Pretty much sums up England from at least as far back as the squad selection (and beyond to be honest)…… mixed up thinking!

Anyway, the odds with William Hill (new customers get a £25.00 Free Bet) for Friday’s match from Perth are Australia 4/9, England 7/4.

Foe the series result, the odds are…..

Australia 3-2 is 8/1
Australia 4-1 is 11/8
Australia 5-0 is 4/5

2015 Ashes Betting

The dust has yet to settle on England’s humiliating 5-0 capitulation at the hands of Australia, and already Alastair Cook’s men have been made favourites for the return series in England in 2015.

Never mind waiting for the fall out, and any possible repercussions, Bet365 already have England as Even money favourites to regain the Urn, when Australia visit next year.

England are Even money favourites, a drawn series is 5/1, and Australia are 6/4 to win the series outright.

Obviously a lot will change in the next 18 months, there will be injuries, retirements, loss of form, discoveries of talent, etc…. the make of the current sides certainly can’t be taken as a yardstick to judge things by, that’s for sure.

Mitchell Johnson will probably never have another series like the one he has just had. He will also be 18 months older, and as he is the wrong side of 30, may well have lost some of his current zip by then.

Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers, and Brad Haddin may well also be gone, although Australia do have some decent players waiting in the wings, with bat, ball and gloves.

As for England, apart from losing Swann and probably Trott, will Cook, Bell, Pietersen, Prior, etc even recover from the experience?

England also have some raw talent, but will it be good and experienced enough in 18 months time?

There are a lot of questions about where both sides will be at by the time the next series comes around.

New Zealand V West Indies – 3rd Test Betting

The 3rd Test between New Zealand and West Indies in Hamilton seems finely balanced at the end of Day 2, with West Indies batting first and somehow making it to 367, and the hosts on 156/3 in reply.

In the cricket betting, New Zealand are still the favourites at 2.26 on Betfair, the Draw is 3.15 and West Indies are 4.1.

The match situation sees the hosts 211 runs behind, they are struggling to play the two front line West Indies spinners (yes they picked two), and the hosts also – all going to plan – will be batting fourth on an already turning wicket.

I don’t see New Zealand as such heavy favourites, for me the West Indies are currently the team in control, but the odds don’t seem to reflect this.

This could be because of the manner of the defeat inflicted on West Indies in the 2nd Test, but even allowing for the momentum and confidence New Zealand have, this is a totally different looking wicket.

Day 2 has seen Sunil Narine bowling 22 uninterrupted Overs with figures of 22-9-43-2. I doubt very much the wicket is going to turn less as the match continues, and as I already mentioned, West Indies have two front line spinners in their side.

I kind of get the impression that once Ross Taylor goes, the spinners could reap havoc with the rest of the New Zealand batting order.

The positives for New Zealand are that the in-form Ross Taylor is still there on 56, and can anybody ever rely on West Indies to finish a job off from a position of strength?

They managed to find themselves on 86/5 in their first innings, so to come back as well as they did on Day 1 is an achievement in itself already for West Indies.

That man Shivnarine Chanderpaul again blanking out the carnage around him and scoring his 29th Test century, with no shortage of help from wicketkeeper, Denesh Ramdin, who also helped himself to a century.

Did those two have the best batting conditions late on Day 1? Possibly.

Given all this, and even allowing for West Indies’ penchant for a batting collapse, I believe it would still take a brave man to back to the Kiwis from here.

Ashes Betting – Can Chris Tremlett be England’s Top Bowler?

All the rumours and stories coming out of the UK media who are currently based in Australia are suggesting that Chris Tremlett is the shoe in for England’s much talked about third seamer at the Gabba later this week.

A lot of this opinion seems to be formed on the back of comments made by England bowling coach David Saker, but could it be a bluff to try and trick the Aussies?

Either way, it doesn’t appear to have made any difference in the betting, as Tremlett is still available at 8/1 to top the wicket taking charts for England.

That makes him joint fifth favourite along with Boyd Rankin, and significantly still behind Steven Finn, who is fourth favourite.

The news that Tim Bresnan could be available for the second Test could also be another reason why the odds on this market don’t appear to have changed on the back of the Tremlett rumours.

There are so many factors to take into account if betting on this market. If everyone is fit and well, Bresnan is generally the third seamer, but England clearly expect pace and bounce given their squad selection, which goes slightly against Bresnan.

The job of third seamer is also a precarious role in the team. If England have a bad Test, and the selectors feel the need to freshen things up, they are not going to drop Anderson, Broad or Swann, so that only leaves the third seamer’s position.

So even if Tremlett does start in Brisbane, the chances are that he won’t start all 5 Test matches. But then again, if Broad or Anderson get injured, he may well do.

These are probably just some of the reasons why Tremlett’s odds haven’t really changed on the back of this news. And it goes some way to showing why picking the Top England Ashes Bowler is such a hard call.

Sachin’s Final Fling

There is a game of cricket actually due to be played in Mumbai tomorrow, but this Test match will obviously – and I suppose rightly – over shadowed by the the retirement of the Little Master.

Obviously the limited overs Indian teams have moved on without Sachin over the past few years. But having said that, Sachin probably could have named his date, time and format to choose to play his final match… so with this in mind, I’m very happy that Sachin has made his final international cricket match, a Test match.

Maybe it’s time the likes of the BCCI, WICB and SLC took note.

Not that it’s likely to get a mention in all the hullabaloo, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be playing in the small matter of his 150th Test match. A great West Indian who gets little accolade.

What a player he is also. For years he has carried this side, and when he started playing in 1994, he was playing with some of the West Indian greats in the final throws of their careers, and didn’t look out of place with them.

Formalities and moans over, so now on to the cricket.

In the cricket betting, India are the favourites at 4/9 to win the Test match. The Draw is 5/2, and West Indies are 8/1.

Even allowing for all the obvious distractions, India should still be too strong for the West Indian team (judging by the winning margin in the 1st Test). Having said that, Shane Shillingford (13/8 to be top West Indies bowler) showed some good form and troubled the Indian top order at Kolkata, so he shouldn’t be treated lightly.

Duncan Fletcher looks to have unearthed another Indian gem in Mohammed Shami. He will be looking to build on his impressive performance last week, when he took a remarkable 9 wickets on debut.

I’ve written it many a time on this website, and make no apologies for writing it again…. this team is now Duncan Fletcher’s, and he is building a very impressive outfit.

The weather looks okay, and the pitch is expected to last 5 days. The last Test match played here seen England win, and 19 wickets go to spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar. Three centuries were scored and there was a couple of 60’s, but apart from that there was no real scores of any note. This suggests runs are possible, but only if you can play yourself in first.

Sachin is 5/1 to be top Indian batsman and go out in a blaze of glory.

Bangladesh V New Zealand – Test Match Betting

Bangladesh V New Zealand – click here for Live Betting Odds

The first of two Test matches starts between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Chittagong on Wednesday, and although it isn’t the most enthralling sounding series, it is a fairly important series for the two teams involved.

A quick look at the ICC Test match rankings shows Bangladesh down at number 10, and New Zealand not far ahead of their hosts, in eighth place.
Bangladesh dropped down to the bottom of the rankings following Zimbabwe’s recent drawn series with Pakistan. Bangladesh have failed to kick on in the Test arena over the past couple of years, and they will surely have earmarked this Test series as a potentially winnable one. 
New Zealand have shown some good signs of improvement in the Test arena lately. They had the better of a hard earned drawn series at home to England earlier in the year, although they comfortably lost the return away series.
In the home draw against England, New Zealand played the better cricket (in my opinion) over the three Test matches. Okay, so they struggled a few weeks later in England, but conditions were perfect for the England attack.
If the Kiwi’s want to build on the impressive home performance against England, they have to be looking to win this series.
Although it was in a different format, Bangladesh doesn’t hold fond memories for New Zealand. The last time they were here (2010), the Kiwis were handed a 4-0 thrashing in the 50 Over format.
Of the nine previous Tests played between these teams, New Zealand have won eight, with one draw. Given the history between these two sides it is no wonder the Kiwis start this series as 1/2 favourites, a Drawn series is 5/2, and Bangladesh are 6/1 to complete a shock series win.

Full Fixtures
9th – 13th Oct – Bangladesh V New Zealand – 1st Test – Chittagong
21st – 25th Oct – Bangladesh V New Zealand – 2nd Test Dhaka  

Ashes Betting – No Bunny Onions

There was – in my view – one startling omission from the Ashes touring squad announced by England earlier this week.

I thought the decision to leave out Graham Onions in place of  an all bean-pole attack could have be a bit of a short sighted one, and potentially a huge mistake by the England management.

Nothing against the guys all picked, any regular readers of this website will know that I am a huge Chris Tremlett fan. Steven Finn is a long term project, leaving him out may have damaged his confidence, and Boyd Rankin’s good form and the fact that he looked more than at home in the recent ODI’s have seen him justifiably picked.

If any of those guys are really lucky to be picked, I suppose it has to be Tremlett. To be honest, I expected him not too make it into the squad. I know he was brought back into the England set up earlier in the year to re-familiarise himself with the group, with a view to him going on this tour, but I thought that Boyd Rankin would have just edged him out.

The reason I would have taken Graham Onions is the same reason why England have taken Monty Panesar.. quite simply for cover. In the cases of both Onions and Panesar, neither of them are in the class of Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann, but both are adequate cover.

I know that the selectors have basically decided one of Finn, Tremlett or Rankin could replace Anderson if he picked up an injury on the morning of a Test match, but would the lack of variation that the bean pole attack would give you really be adequate on all Australian pitches?

Maybe I am nitpicking, or maybe it isn’t practical to cover all bases, I don’t know. There is no out and out reserve wicket keeper (I know Jonny Bairstow is there) in the squad also, so clearly the selectors don’t see it as practical to cover every possible outcome.  

That said, I still feel very sorry for Graham Onions. I’m not sure it is the end of him for England, but his prospects don’t look good beyond this tour, when England will most probably be starting to look at younger bowlers.

I wouldn’t rule out the prospect of him being called onto this tour if there are a couple of injuries to bowlers though, but there is also Tim Bresnan to potentially come back, and assuming any replacements won’t be called up until a few weeks into the tour, Bresnan could be fit by them.

I was pleased to see Monty Panesar recalled, a lot of his off-field problems could be partially down to the fact he is not involved with England, this call up could give him plenty of encouragement and give him something to focus on. It also gives the England management plenty of chance to monitor him closely and see how he is doing.

Whatever Geoff Miller tells us about Gary Ballance’s call up not being a left field one…. it was. The biggest surprise to me about his call up though, was the lack of reaction/outburst from Nick Compton.

I am pleased to see England take a back up opener, although I suspect that Michael Carberry is as much cover for Gary Pratt, as he is for the openers – a good choice though.

The announcement of the England squad has had little effect on the Ashes Betting odds, as England are still the odds on favourites with the bookmakers. Full odds are Australia 7/4, Drawn Series 9/2, England 5/6 (there is a £25.00 free bet for new customers opening an account).

Cricket Tipster

For any visitors coming to this site looking for cricket tips, I’d like to point you in the direction of Cricket Tipster, a cricket tipping subscription service I have recently stumbled across.

Personally, I don’t like giving out cricket tips, as in the long run I believe they can lead to trouble. A couple of losses, and you have people on your back, your tips are rubbish, you’re a fraudster, etc, etc……

It’s for these reasons why I tend to try and avoid tipping and just stick to giving a view on how I think things might pan out, ie, weather, form, pitch, or if a price looks value or not. That way I’m not giving a definitive view on what I think might happen, so therefore I can’t get hammered when I (usually) call things wrong.

Cricket Tipster is a subscription service that can be bought in many differing currencies. It is £37 + VAT, which equates to around 44 British Pounds, 55 Euros, 68 US Dollars, or 4,300 Indian Rupees, to name but a few currencies, Paypal is also accepted.

Cricket Tipster also comes with a 60 day, 100% Money Back Guarantee, so you can effectively try it out free for a couple of months, and if you don’t like it, just get your money back.

This is what I usually look for when I am considering purchasing a betting system. If the systems owners/developers are willing to basically let you try it for free, then they are obviously confident that their product is good, and will stand up too scrutiny.

The man behind Cricket Tipster is Anth Raine. Anth is a former Ladbrokes betting shop manager, and as a result of this, Anth knows which markets generally don’t get the required attention from odds compliers, so he knows that mistakes happen in these particular markets.

Predicting Team A to beat Team B will most probably be priced up correctly. It’s the more obscure markets that the mistakes will happen in, and this is where Anth’s knowledge comes into play. A quick look at the screenshot below shows how Anth can spot a misaligned price in one of these such markets.

I’ve spent years following cricket betting, and I have to agree with this view that bookmakers can get these things wrong more often that they would like to admit too… not just with cricket as well.

Cricket Tipster claims the success of his system is down to the bookmakers inability to price up these cricket markets correctly, and I would believe that there is plenty of substance in that claim. And as a result, plenty of opportunity to profit.

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