2019 T20 Blast Betting

Another cricket betting extravaganza starts this week with the 2019 T20 Blast getting under way this Thursday evening (18th July). And after England’s magnificent ICC World Cup win, we are looking forward to another exciting competition, with plenty of betting opportunities.

The opening fixture sees Middlesex taking on Essex at Lord’s, on Thursday at 6,15pm. There is two other fixtures on the same night, with Glamorgan V Somerset (6.30pm), and Notts Outlaws V Worcs (7pm), from Trent Bridge.

Vitality T20 Blast Betting

Speaking of Worcestershire, and the defending champions are 14/1 to repeat the feat and defend their trophy. The Rapids are no where near favourites to win the competition this year, that accolade goes to Sussex and Nottinghamshire, depending on which bookmaker you use.

Notts Outlaws can be backed at 7/1 with a whole host of bookmakers, with 6/1 the current shortest price available. While the Sussex Sharks are a best price of 8/1, with their shortest price, also 6/1.

Of the other main contenders with the bookmakers, Surrey are 8/1, and Hampshire are 9/1. They are followed by northern powerhouses Lancashire Lightning and Yorkshire Vikings both at 12/1, which is the same price as Hampshire.

T20 Blast 2019 Format

This year sees the 18 teams again split up into two groups, North and South. The North Group consists of the following 9 teams …….

  • Derbyshire Falcons
  • Durham Jets
  • Lancashire Lightning
  • Leicestershire Foxes
  • Northamptonshire Steelbacks
  • Notts Outlaws
  • Birmingham Bears
  • Worcestershire Rapids
  • Yorkshire Vikings

The South Group has the following 9 teams in it………..

  • Essex Eagles
  • Glamorgan
  • Gloucestershire
  • Hampshire
  • Kent Spitfires
  • Middlesex
  • Somerset
  • Surrey
  • Sussex Sharks

Bizarrely, all sides will play 14 matches, 7 at home, and 7 away. This means that a team will not play all the other 8 teams in their group, home and away. All sides miss playing one away match against a particular side, and one home match against a different side.

This is the same format that was used in 2018, and it can only be concluded that the two missing matches is done to the tight fixture schedule. God knows how it will work next year, with the introduction of the ECB’s new One Hundred competition.

T20 North Group Betting

Despite having a shocking season in the County Championship, Notts Outlaws are favourites to win the North Group, they are a best price of 11/4. Lancashire Lightning, and Yorkshire Vikings can’t be separated at 11/2, and Birmingham Bears are 7/1.

T20 South Group Betting

Betting to win the South Group sees Sussex as 4/1 favourites to top the group. The Sharks are closely followed by Surrey who are 9/2, with Hampshire at 5/1, and Somerset at 7/1.

Players To Watch Out For

There are some top quality players in England for the 2019 T20 Blast, and this all adds up to an exciting tournament with plenty of betting options. Here we take at three of the batsmen we think will have an impact this season.

T20 Blast – Batsman To Watch

Babar Azam, Somerset – The Pakistan batsman has been one of the most prolific top run scorers in T20 cricket over recent times. Fresh from scoring 474 runs in 8 matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup, Babar is in decent form. He is one of the betting favourites to be Top Batsman in 2019 T20 Blast, at a best price of 12/1.

Babar Azam 2019 T20 Blast Betting Odds
Babar Azam is one of the betting favourites to be top run scorer at the 2019 T20 Blast

Arron Finch, Surrey – Australia’s 50 Over captain is another one who had a decent world cup. Finch scored 507 runs and had an excellent average of 50.70. He is also 12/1 in Top Batsman betting.

Alex Hales, Notts Outlaws – Hales will be looking to make amends for the recent issues that seen him kicked out of England’s World Cup squad. Will be interesting to see how the recent events have effected him. Will he want to make a point and have a great tournament, or will he be struggling to cope with the disappointment of not having a world cup winning medal. Hales is 14/1 to be the Top Batsman in the 2019 T20 Blast.

There are plenty of other top batsmen on show this season, the likes of AB de Villiers is in town, and England’s World Cup winning captain will be available from the start of August. As well as the batsmen, there is also some exciting bowlers to look out for in this season’s Blast. Here are the 3 bowlers we think will have a big impact.

T20 Blast – Bowlers To Watch

Harry Gurney, Notts Outlaws – The Notts seamer is now a sought after white ball specialist. Over the past few months he has represented Melbourne Renegades, Quetta Gladiators, and the Kolkata Knight Riders, in franchise T20 cricket.

He has now come back home to Nottinghamshire, where he will be hoping to improve the fortunes of the county, given the disappointing County Championship season they are having. Gurney is 12/1 in the top wicket taker betting.

Tom Curran, Surrey – The Surrey and England bowler did not have feature at the ICC Cricket World Cup, but has a winners medal, and will be entering the T20 Blast full of confidence. Not the ever lacks it!!

Curran is one of the most improved cricketers in England, and can count himself extremely unlucky not to have made the starting XI for England over the world cup. He will be looking to continue to build on recent successes, and can be backed to be top wicket taker at 16/1.

Rashid Khan, Sussex – You can’t keep a good man down for long, and that’s exactly what Rashid Khan is. Rashid did have a disappointing ICC World Cup, but domestic T20 is where he is at his most best. Having spent last season at Sussex, he knows his way around this place. Current top run scorer betting is 14/1.

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The rare sight of Rashid Khan wearing cricket whites

Jimmy Anderson calf injury sees England slightly drift in latest Ashes betting

The news that Jimmy Anderson has a calf tear and that his injury must make him a doubt for England’s 1st Test against Australia at Edgbaston at the start of August, seems to have had little impact on the latest Ashes Betting.

The set back for England briefly seen Joe Root’s team get slightly eased out to Even money with some firms to win the Ashes outright, having previously been 4/5. Fast forward 24 hours, and the Even money has already disappeared, with 10/11, currently the best price.

Jimmy Anderson Calf Injury
Jimmy Anderson has a calf injury, all of England will be hoping it heals in time for the Ashes

With the severity of Jimmy’s calf injury still not fully known, it is hard to gauge how long Anderson will be out for. The lack of clarity might be part of the reason why there has been no real change in the betting.

If the calf injury turns out to be a long one, I expect that will have an impact on the betting. But for now, there is little change.

England Have Options If Anderson Doesn’t Make Edgbaston

If Anderson fail to recover in time, England do have some options. At the moment, there is probably one bowling space up for grabs (assuming Anderson is fit). That space will be contested by Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, and Jofra Archer. With the latter of the three the favourite to get the spot.

So if Anderson doesn’t make it, that means Archer, Wood, and Woakes will be battling it out for two spots. Rather than just the one, that is currently available.

Losing Anderson Will Still Be A Blow

Given Australia’s recent struggles to play the moving Dukes’ ball, it would still be a massive blow to England to lose Jimmy.

With the pace of Archer and Wood available, I still expect to see England go into the Ashes with Anderson and Broad spearheading the attack. On manufactured green surfaces, this is a tried and tested formula that has worked for England in recent years. So they are highly unlikely to change that now.

The only way it might change is down to injury. Losing Anderson would be a huge blow, and could lead to a possible tactical rethink. England would have to decide whether to bring in Woakes and stick to the green seamers. Or maybe change tactics and hit the Aussies with the raw pace of Wood and Archer.

A fit and firing Anderson puts that argument to bed, as it would be green seamers all the way.

Cricket World Cup Fixtures 2019

The 2019 Cricket World Cup in England is almost upon us, and here we have all the 48 fixtures to be played over the 6 weeks long tournament.

The 48 fixtures at the 2019 cricket world cup are made up of 45 round robin fixtures, followed by two semi-finals, and a final. The 45 round robin matches sees all ten teams play each other once. The top 4 teams from the group of 10 go into the semi-finals.

Cricket World Cup Fixtures 2019


    • England vs South Africa, The Oval, 10.30am, Thursday 30th
    • West Indies vs Pakistan, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Friday 31st


    • New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Cardiff, 10.30am, Saturday 1st
    • Afghanistan vs Australia, Bristol, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 1st
    • South Africa vs Bangladesh, The Oval, 10.30am, Sunday 2nd
    • England vs Pakistan, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Monday 3rd
    • Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Cardiff, 10.30am, Tuesday 4th
    • South Africa vs India, Southampton, 10.30am, Wednesday 5th
    • Bangladesh vs New Zealand, The Oval, 1.30pm (day/night), Wednesday 5th
    • Australia vs West Indies, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Thursday 6th
    • Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Bristol, 10.30am, Friday 7th
    • England vs Bangladesh, Cardiff, 10.30am, Saturday 8th
    • Afghanistan vs New Zealand, Taunton, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 8th
    • India vs Australia, The Oval, 10.30am, Sunday 9th
    • South Africa vs West Indies, Southampton, 10.30am, Monday 10th
    • Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Bristol, 10.30am, Tuesday 11th
    • Australia vs Pakistan, Taunton, 10.30am, Wednesday 12th
    • India vs New Zealand, Trent Bridge, 10.30am, Thursday 13th
    • England vs West Indies, Southampton, 10.30am, Friday 14th
    • Lanka vs Australia, The Oval, 10.30am, Saturday 15th
    • South Africa vs Afghanistan, Cardiff, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 15th
    • India vs Pakistan, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Sunday 16th
    • West Indies vs Bangladesh, Taunton, 10.30am, Monday 17th
    • England vs Afghanistan, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Tuesday 18th
    • New Zealand v South Africa, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Wednesday 19th
    • Australia vs Bangladesh, Trent Bridge, 10.30, Thursday 20th
    • England vs Sri Lanka, Headingley, 10.30am, Friday 21st
    • India vs Afghanistan, Southampton, 10.30am, Saturday 22nd
    • West Indies vs New Zealand, Old Trafford, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 22nd
    • Pakistan vs South Africa, Lord’s, 10.30am, Sunday 23rd
    • Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Southampton, 10.30am, Monday 24th
    • England vs Australia, Lord’s, 10.30am, Tuesday 25th
    • New Zealand vs Pakistan, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Wednesday 26th
    • West Indies vs India, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Thursday 27th
    • Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Chester-le-Street, 10.30am, Friday 28th
    • Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Headingley, 10.30am, Saturday 29th
    • New Zealand vs Australia, Lord’s, 1.30pm (day/night) Saturday 29th
    • England vs India, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Sunday 30th


    • Sri Lanka vs West Indies, Chester-le-Street, 10.30am, Monday 1st
    • Bangladesh vs India, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Tuesday 2nd
    • England vs New Zealand, Chester-le-Street, 10.30am, Wednesday 3rd
    • Afghanistan vs West Indies, Headingley, 10.30am, Thursday 4th
    • Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Lord’s, 10.30am, Friday 5th
    • Sri Lanka vs India, Headingley, 10.30am, Saturday 6th
    • Australia vs South Africa, Old Trafford, 1.30pm (day/night), Saturday 6th
    • First semi-final: 1st vs 4th, Old Trafford, 10.30am, Tuesday 9th
    • Second semi-final: 2nd vs 3rd, Edgbaston, 10.30am, Thursday 11th
    • Final, Lord’s, 10.30am, Sunday 14th

There are reserve days set aside for the two semi-finals, and final.

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Lord’s Cricket Ground, the home of cricket will host the World Cup Final on 14th July.

Cricket World Cup Betting

In cricket world cup betting, hosts England go into the tournament as 2/1 favourites. They are closely followed by India at 3/1.

Eoin Morgan’s England side are the number 1 ranked side in the world in 50 Overs cricket. This is based mainly on their destructive batting line up, made up with big hitters like Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Jos Buttler.

Should England include Jofra Archer in world cup squad

With the cricket world cup just over a month away now, should England include Jofra Archer in their world cup squad?

There is still uncertainty as too who will be in England’s final 15, and most of the talk is over the proposed inclusion of Archer.

Despite regularly getting reported as an opportunity to strengthen the England team, could the availability of Archer actually be a negative one in the short term?

At the moment, Betfair, arguably the best of the cricket betting exchange sites have England at 3.55, a touch over 5/2.

So despite all the so-called issues for Morgan’s team, they are still strong favourites to lift their first 50 Over world cup.

Archer Has T20 Pedigree, But Not Much 50 Over Experience

Jofra Archer World Cup
Jofra Archer in action for his 2019 IPL side, Rajasthan Royals

Although Archer is clearly a red hot T20 player, he has limited experience in 50 Over cricket. He has played only 14 matches at this format.

Could bringing him into the World Cup squad at this late stage be a positive or a negative? After 2 years of steady preparations, England want to get this right. They do not need to upset a settled squad at this stage.

We have already seen the untimely departure of Paul Farbrace. There are injuries to squad players, and key players are suffering from losses of form. Then we have the latest problems with Alex Hales. So the last thing England need is disharmony over Archer’s inclusion.

Recent comments from David Willey, Mark Wood, and Chris Woakes have hardly been positive. The former two are maybe worried about their own places.

I did actually hear the full transcript of the Woakes interview, and his comments were no where near as controversial as they were reported. Woakes also has no personal axe to grind, as unless injured, the Warwickshire man’s place in the squad is ensured.

International Sport Is A Hard Brutal Place

My view of the situation is that international sport is a hard, brutal place. There is no room for sentiment. That said, can you put a price on team harmony?

The selectors have got to see how Archer performs against Ireland and Pakistan. I think they have called it right. In naming the 15 they have, they’ve remained loyal to the guys who have got them here, but have given Archer the opportunity to prove himself.

As eluded to above, he is red hot at T20, but unproven at 50 Over cricket. He has played just 14 list A matches.

The England squad are professionals, and – hopefully – realists. If Archer out performs them all in the series against Ireland and Pakistan, and makes it impossible to leave him out, they will just have to accept it.

If Archer is that good, then no one can moan. The ball is on Archer’s side of the court. It’s up to him to perform.

Might it upset the harmony? Maybe a bit, I’m sure it will cause a ripple. But these are a mature bunch of guys who can surely weigh up the positives and negatives of a situation.

Difficult Decision For Selectors

In an ideal world Archer wouldn’t have become available for England until after the world cup. This would have enabled England to move on the players not likely to be around in 4 years for the next World Cup, and start rebuilding with the likes of Archer.

Players such as Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, etc, the guys who won’t be around in 4 years. They could have started under a new captain, and rebuilt the side within the natural world cup cycle.

With the changes to the residency qualifying period, this isn’t the case. Jofra Archer is available for the world cup now, and the selectors can’t ignore that.

It seems odd that the residency rules were conveniently changed when they were. It doesn’t sound like much of a coincidence to me. This now gives the selectors a decision to make.

In an ideal world, his performances against Ireland and Pakistan will make the world cup squad decision an easy one.

IPL Tips and Predictions – CSK V RCB

The 2019 IPL gets under way this weekend, with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) hosing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the season’s opening fixture. The match also pits two legends of Indian cricket, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, against each other.

CSK go into the match as the favourites at around 4/5. They are the defending champions, and it’s easy to see why they are one of the favourites to win the IPL again this year.

Chennai Super Kings IPL Betting Tips and Predictions

When you’ve got experienced players like Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir, you are going to be a match for anybody.

As for Royal Challengers Bangalore, they always seem to have the most talented batting line up in the competition,. Never the less, they always seems to under achieve. This season they boast Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer and AB de Villiers, to name but a few. RCB start the match as outsiders at Even money.

Betting Tips And Predictions

With this being the first match of the tournament, there’s obviously no form to work from.

It’s obviously always going to be risky to back against a batting line up that consists of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, they are two guys that can win matches single handed.

That said, looking at the squads and the potential line ups, CSK, look to have the more balanced side.

IPL Betting Predictions – Chennai Super Kings To Win At 4/5

2019 IPL Format

The Indian Premier League is a domestic T20 league, made up of 8 franchise teams. Starting on 23rd March, the 8 teams play a total of 56 group matches, in round-robin format.

The top two from the group go into a straight knock out for a place in the final. This match is known as Qualifier 1.

The third and fourth placed teams then play each other in an Eliminator, with the winners facing the loser of Qualifier 1.

The losers of Qualifier 1, then face the winners of the Eliminator. The winners of this match (Qualifier 2), proceed to the final. I hope you’ve got all that!!

2019 IPL Teams

The eight franchise teams in the IPL are Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, and Delhi Capitals (formally Delhi Daredevils).

All the best T20 specialists in world cricket end up at the IPL. The tournament boasts players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, David Warner, Kane Williamson, and AB de Villiers. It truly is the elite domestic T20 competition in world cricket.

The defending champions are Chennai Super Kings. The defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets in the final, held at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai.

England 9/4 for world cup after disappointing West Indies tour

England’s disappointing 2019 tour of the West Indies is finally over, and now attention can turn to the world cup, where England are the 9/4 favourites in the betting.

Despite winning the T20 series 3-0, the tour as a whole was a disappointment. In the Test series England got hammered in the first two matches, before a consolation win in the 3rd Test.

The 50 Over matches then didn’t go to plan either. A drawn series (2-2) this close to the world cup wasn’t what the doctor ordered. We seen the highs of the 418/6 at St George’s, followed by the embarrassing 113 all out.

England still 9/4 favourites in world cup betting

Despite this, in the world cup betting, the slight set back for England doesn’t seem to have had any effect. They are still favourites at a general 9/4. India are next at 11/4. If the world cup was being held in India, rather than England, I’m pretty certain those odds would be reversed.

India themselves haven’t had the most consistent of times in 50 overs cricket lately. They beat Australia 2-1 at the start of the year down under, and they then travelled across the Tasman Sea to thrash New Zealand 4-1. A brilliant result.

Take the match India lost, they got bowled out for a pathetic 92. To put the result in context, it was the 4th match of an already won series. A dead rubber. That said, getting bowled out for 92 at any time should raise concerns.

India then couldn’t defend 358 against Australia at home earlier today. The Australian ODI team has been in turmoil lately, how they managed to win this match with 13 balls to spare is anyone’s guess.

Like England, there are some inconsistencies with India’s white ball 50 overs team. That said, these two do look the strongest sides in the competition, and when either get things right, they are pretty much unbeatable. Despite all this, I do feel 9/4 on England in world cup betting seems fair enough.

King Kohli favourite in betting to be top world cup batsman

India do boast the world’s top batsman in the ranks. It isn’t a surprise that skipper Virat Kohli is the betting favourite to be top run scorer at the world cup.

Kohli is 8/1 in the betting to get the most world cup runs. Not far behind him are England’s Joe Root at 12/1, and Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy both at 14/1.

Joe Root World Cup Betting
Root is 2nd favourite to be top run scorer at this year’s world cup

More top quality sports betting events in spring

Before we get to the world cup, we have the small matter of the 2019 IPL. March is a great month for sport. It signals a real upturn in top quality sporting events as we move into spring. As well as the IPL, there is the Cheltenham Festival, which starts next week.

Moving on, we then have great events coming up on both sides of the pond. In April, we have the Grand National in England, and the US Masters golf in the US. It gets better in May, we have the Kentucky Derby 2019, FA Cup final, and right at the end of May, the cricket world cup.

The cricket world cup is what we are really looking forward to here at cricket betting blog. Keep checking back here for all the latest betting odds, free tips, fixtures news, etc. We will cater for all your cricket world cup betting needs, this can be money back specials, enhanced odds, and free bets.

India beat Australia to end 71 years of hurt

71 years after India first toured Australia, they have finally won a Test series down under in Oz. Under the excellent leadership of Ravi Shastri, and Virat Kohli, India made history with a 2-1 series win, and in fairness to the Indians, the scoreline flattered Australia.

India were excellent in all departments. Their batting, bowling and fielding was all up to the standard, but it was with the bat that they really dominated Australia.

The Aussies didn’t manage one century between them, while India scored five. Three of those centuries came from one batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara, with one from wicket keeper Rishabh Pant, and one from captain, Virat Kohli.

As well as scoring a century, Virat Kohli’s captaincy was also excellent. Alongside Kohli, there were two other outstanding performers that ensured India won. They were batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara, and fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah.

Cheteshwar Pujara

The standout performer of the whole series was Cheteshwar Pujara. Batting at No.3, Pujara scored 521 runs at an average of 74.42. He had a highest score of 193, with 3 centuries, that’s more hundreds than the whole of the other two teams put together.

In a series where the bowlers from both sides were fairly evenly matched, it was the batting that made the difference, and Pujara was head and shoulders above everyone else.

Jasprit Bumrah

Pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah also had a remarkable series, and is now the undisputed spear head of the Indian attack. Bumrah finished joint top wicket taker with 21 victims, the same number as Aussie spinner, Nathan Lyon.

The difference was Bumrah took his wickets at an average of 17, with a strike rate of 44.9. Compare that to Lyon, who took his wickets at an average of 30.42, with a strike rate of 69.1, and you can see that Bumrah really won this battle hands down.

Bumrah Has The World At His Feet

Bumrah has only just turned 25. He has wickets in England and Australia under his belt, and he looks set to become one of the premier fast bowlers in the world.

In his Test career he has taken 49 wickets in his 10 Tests to date. This is at an average of 21.89, which is outstanding in world cricket. Bizarrely, he is only ranked 16th in the ICC Test match bowling rankings, but that will soon change. He is only heading one way there.

Jasprit Bumrah played a major role in India beat Australia

Bumrah represents the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, and despite rumblings of resting India’s premier fast bowlers ahead of the world cup, Bumrah looks set to play.

In fairness, the 4 overs per match he is likely to bowl probably won’t take too much from him physically. The idea of the rest would be more for a break from the travel, and the intense pressure involved with playing in the IPL.

The IPL 2019 starts on March 23rd, with the final set to take place in the second week of May. The ICC cricket world cup then starts on 30th May, so with warm up matches, that doesn’t give any time for a break in between. 

Kohli Always Makes An Impact

Despite been one of only three century makers in the series, Indian captain Virat Kohli didn’t have his greatest series with the bat. That is in no way a criticism, it is an acknowledgement of just how high his standards are.

The world’s greatest batsman only averaged 40.28 in this series, fairly modest against his career average of over 53.

In the recent bowler dominated series in England, Kohli scored 593 runs at an average of 59.30. This put to bed – once and for all – the myth that he can’t play the moving ball.

Kohli’s series total was nearly 250 runs better than anybody else. England’s Jos Buttler was the second top scorer with 349 runs, a mere 244 runs behind Kohli. Proving he was by far and away the best batsman in the series – and the world!

King Kohli set to be Top Indian Batsman again in 2nd Test!!

Lets face it, if it wasn’t for England winning the Test match, Virat Kohli would have easily won the man of the match award (rather that England’s Sam Curran) for his first innings century, as his knock was imperious and fully underlined his credentials of being the best batsman in the world at the moment.

Such was Kohli’s dominance, it looks hard to see past him repeating the feat and again being Top Indian batsman in the 2nd Test, starting at Lord’s on Thursday (9th August).

Such was the quality of the innings, it would have been worthy of taking the man of the match award every day of the week under normal circumstances – but such was the all out action and up and down nature of the 1st Test, meant these weren’t normal circumstances. It was a bonkers, thoroughly enjoyable match.

Going into Thursday’s 2nd Test match, and it’s no surprise to see that Kolhi is the favourite in the betting to be Top Indian Batsman, he is as short as 7/4 with some bookmakers, with Betway having him at 2/1.

Remarkably, and this might sum up the rest of India’s batsmen at the moment, Cheteshwar Pujara is the second favourite in the betting, at 9/2, and he isn’t even confirmed as in the team – although common consensus is that he will play.

Kolhi’s India team will be looking to level the series at 1-a-piece at Lord’s on Thursday, and they are 9/5 to win the Test. Joe Root’s England side are 21/20, with the Draw at 10/3.

India’s main selections dilemma seems to be who to leave out for Pujara to probably come back in, while trying to decide whether to go in with 2 spinners or not.

England have brought in youngster Ollie Pope, in place of t he dropped Dawid Malan, and have put him in the line up at No.3, despite him batting at 6 for his county side.

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England’s only other selection issue is the spinner conundrum as well, as they decide whether replace Ben Stokes with either Chris Woakes in a like-for-like swap, or recall Moeen Ali and go with the twin spin option.

Given the way Sam Curran performed at Edgbaston, Joe Root now knows he has a third seam bowler he can reply on, which opens the door slightly more for a Moeen recall – although I expect England will probably play safe and go with Woakes.

Rashid to play in 1st Test V India, despite all the furore

The build up to the 1st Test match between England and India starting at Edgbaston this Wednesday continues to be overshadowed by the debate around Adil Rashid’s selection, with Geoffrey Boycott the latest to give us his opinion on the matter.

In his regular Telegraph Sport column, Boycott has labelled Rashid a spoilt brat, who should never have been handed a Test recall. This is on top of criticism from the likes of Michael Vaughan who has already become embroiled in a war of words with Rashid, and criticism from the likes of Nasser Hussain, and even from his own county side, Yorkshire.

In fairness and in defence of Rashid, I think Boycott’s criticism is more of the spinners decision not to play red ball cricket for Yorkshire, as who can blame him for accepting the call up? By all means criticise Rashid for not playing against Lancashire in the recent Roses match, but not for getting called up for England. What was Rashid supposed to do, turn it down?

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Rashid in his England cricket whites.

I can see the point of view the likes of Vaughan and Hussain have about county cricket, as I can totally see why it looks like a kick in the teeth for the likes of Jack Leach. Another way to look at it though, is that Ed Smith and the England selectors think that Rashid looks the best bet, and surely that is more of a damning indictment on County cricket, which we can’t blame Rashid for.

After all, Adil did say when he went onto a white ball only contract that there seemed little point in playing red ball cricket as he would hardly at the start of the season, and that he would re-evaluate the decision later in the year.

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It seems to me that the two issues are becoming mixed up, and are starting to overlap. It seems harsh to criticise him for playing for England, but fair game to criticise him for not playing red ball county cricket. They are surely two separate issues though, that are wrongly being mixed into one at the moment.

Rashid has been picked for England now, and all of this hype is overshadowing things, and is possibly putting no end of pressure on him. I think the time has come to get off his back, and let him get on with playing.

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Rain Delays At Cricket

Speaking About Betting on Runs – Be Careful with That

Betting on runs is actually the trickiest and riskiest bet you could possibly make. This goes especially for bets on the team you support. First of all, please check the weather before you even attempt betting on the overs or unders. There are two things that can happen. Bettors bet on overs more often than unders, and this is not something that bookmakers haven’t noticed so far. So, they are automatically tempted to make the markets unfairly high in order to balance the books. That’s why betting the unders will give you a better chance of getting the edge.

Try Betting on Both Teams

Everyone’s afraid of betting on both teams. Why? If you do it right, you’ll have a very profitable betting. The secret is in the game’s momentum – it shifts all the time. So, betting on the team that has reached 2.5 odds first, and then as the momentum changes, betting on the second team can give you guaranteed winnings. Be wary that this works when betting on limited overs.

Stay Away from Draw Bets in Test Matches

Especially if you’re a beginner in cricket betting, you should avoid betting on draws. I know it’s tempting and you’ve heard that this is the most popular bet, but for now, stay away from them. As you have read so far, there are many factors that intervene with the final result. The advice is to observe and wait for the momentum. See which team has it and bet on it. Don’t underestimate the pitch deterioration due to days-long matches, which can make batting pretty difficult during those last two days. You can click here to observe the results of the draws and wait patiently for the game’s momentum to shift. This is when you should place your bet. As soon as you put these tips into practice, you’ll see why they are essential. With time, you’ll understand the betting process and be good betting on your own.