As expected the 1st test between Sri Lanka and India looks to be heading for a tame draw. A mixture of rain, bad light and the awful anti-cricket pitches they prepare in Sri Lanka has meant that this match looks likely to have no result.
The draw is currently at a best price of 1/6 Stan James. Sri Lanka are 4/1 with Ladbrokes and William Hill to get the remaining 17 Indian wickets in two days, while India are a massive 66/1 with Paddy Power to pull off an unlikely win, or a miracle as it is otherwise known.
The draw looks the obvious outcome, but at 1/5 is way too short to back.
In the 2nd test between Australia and Pakistan starting at Headingley tomorrow, it is no great shock to find that Australia are favourites to win at a best price of 8/11 with Stan James.
The unpredictable Pakistan are a large looking 13/2 with Totesport and Bet365, quite a large price for a team with a seam attack comprising of Gul, Asif and Ammer, and bowling at Headingley.
But then the fact that Australia have beaten them in their last 13 tests would suggest why the price is so large.
The draw, or a lot of rain as it could be Pakistan’s best chance of a result is 12/5 with Sportingbet.
Pakistan have Salman Butt starting his first game as captain. He was by far their best batsman at Lord’s, so they will be hoping the extra pressure won’t effect his scoring.
In a further boost to their team, the retirement of Afridi has opened the door for the return of Shoaib Malik to come in and shore up the batting. Australia look set to remain unchanged.
For me it is hard to see past an Australian win. But I would be cautious about this one, because when Pakistan bowl if the conditions are right they have a seam attack well equiped to exploit the Headingley conditions.