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

Ashes Betting with Sportingbet Australia

Ahead of the upcoming Ashes series in Australia, I am pleased to announce to all our readers from down under that cricket betting blog has teamed up with Australian betting giant Sportingbet, to ensure that Australians can back England to win the Ashes again.

Along with our Northern Hemisphere betting partners, William Hill (£25 Free Bet available), who cover the UK and European betting markets, this now means that cricket betting blog can cater for punters betting in Australasia as well, giving value to more of our visitors from around the world.

Sportingbet is offering a free bet up to the value of $200 for new customers from Australia and New Zealand. To ensure you get the maximum $200 free bet, you will need to deposit $200, and then place $200 on your first bet.

It is basically a 100% match up, if you feel $200 is too much, you can make your fist bet $50, and receive a free bet for $50. All bets have to be placed in Australian Dollars, and this promotion is not open to residents of South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria. Any winnings from the free bet have to be turned over once before they can be withdrawn.  

As well as a tasty free bet, Sportingbet also offer regular Promotions. In October they ran a 0-0 bore draw special on Australian A-League football matches, where you got your money back on the outright winner market if a match ended 0-0.

They also have a running promotion on horse racing called the ‘Protest Pay Up.’ If your horse is first across the line only to be beaten in a protest, Sportingbet will pay you up as a winner – this is available on all Australian thoroughbred and harness races.

Getting back to cricket, and Sportingbet currently have England as 2.00 (even money) to win the Ashes outright. They go 2.50 (6/4) on a miracle, sorry I mean Australia winning the Ashes, and 6 (5/1) on a drawn series.

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India V Australia ODI Series – Live Betting

The top two ranked one day international sides go head to head in India in a series that could potentially see a change at the top of the ICC ODI rankings.

India lead the rankings, and Australia are second. A 5-2 series win for the Aussies would see them acquire enough ranking points to take over top spot again.

The series starts on 10th October with a Twenty20, followed by (just the) seven 50 Over internationals.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke is out injured, meaning George Bailey will again lead the team in his absence. It is probably a series Australia could do without, as they will surely be focusing more on the upcoming Ashes.

Not only do India have home advantage, they are also the current 50 Over World Champions, and recently added to their collection by winning the last ever Champions Trophy beating England earlier in the year.

Given all that it’s not surprising that India start the series as clear favourites.

India V AustraliaClick here for LIVE BETTING ODDS

Full Fixtures

10th Oct – India V Australia – Only T20 – Rajkot

13th Oct – India V Australia – 1st ODI – Pune

16th Oct – India V Australia – 2nd ODI – Jaipur

19th Oct – India V Australia – 3rd ODI – Mohali

23rd Oct – India V Australia – 4th ODI – Ranchi

26th Oct – India V Australia – 5th ODI – Cuttack

30th Oct – India V Australia – 6th ODI – Nagpur

2nd Nov – India V Australia – 7th ODI – Bangalore

Ashes Betting, 5th Test, Day 3

The draw is now the odds on favourite with the bookmakers. Rain is expected later in the Test match, so even given the fact that the pitch is expected to break up, cricket betting punters don’t see enough time for a result to be forced.
The latest cricket betting odds for the 5th Test at the start of Day 3, sees The Draw as 1/3 favourite, Australia 3/1, and England are 10/1.
That could all change with a couple of early English wickets. But come the end of today’s play, I expect the draw price should shorten further, given rain is forecast for tomorrow. So be careful if trading cricket on Betfair, or on any betting exchanges for that matter.
Day 2 was another winning day for the Australians, another day deposited in the ‘positives’ bank, another centurion in the batting line up, and more credit for Darren Lehmann.

Lehmann seems to be landing on his feet here. Even if Australia don’t force the win in this Test match, Lehmann could be all of a sudden going home to Australia on the back of some decent positives. All good for his reputation. There’s nothing better than finishing a tour on a high note (when it come to covering up cracks, that is).
On top of that he also now appears to going on the attack in a big way, ramping things up by calling Stuart Broad a cheat, snidely complaining about England’s over rate on Twitter, etc. The cynic in me suggests this is a Lehmann publicity stunt before he arrives back in Australia on the back of a good hammering (in the scoreline anyway).
I also think Lehmann’s radio interview was a bit out of order. Not the ‘send Broad home crying’ lines, etc, that’s fine by me, I have no problem with him ramping/hyping things up. 
Calling fellow pros a cheat isn’t on though, especially when you advocate not walking in the same interview – and were no different yourself when you played. This is where I have a problem with things. Lehmann basically said, it’s only cheating if you edge it to first slip. What a load of bollocks! 
This isn’t an anti Australian rant, and it’s not just Lehmann who has annoyed me. England are far from perfect, I wished Broad had walked too, I also am appalled at the way England players have started surrounding the umpires and contesting decisions on a regular basis, it’s happening way to often for my liking these days. And it has to stop. 

Ashes Betting, 5th Test, Day 2 Betting Preview

Well, if I was surprised by Australia’s team announcement on Wednesday, it’s fair to say I was absolutely stunned by England’s yesterday, as I did not see that coming in any shape or form.

It totally wrecked the betting yesterday as it was impossible to back England with any confidence, and it showed just why England had been drifting most of the morning.

If anyone doesn’t believe that some people are in the know about these things long before us mere mortals, then just look at England’s odds yesterday – prior to the team announcement.

Anyway, the cricket betting odds at the start of day 2 sees The Draw at Evens, Australia at 6/4 and England at 9/2.

It’s really all stacked up against England now, unless they can bowl Australia out in around a session today, the game is gone. Not only have England got to bat fourth on this wicket, they are effectively down to 3 bowlers – they have been since before lunch on Day 1.

Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann bowled England right back into the match after lunch yesterday. The session of cricket was proper Test cricket, and at one stage Australia were really straining under the pressure built.

Fair play to Shane Watson, he held firm and he held the Aussie batting together. I’m not convinced he is a long term number 3, but if he carries on like that, there will be no argument.

I had to laugh when I listened to Watson’s interview after the end of play. When he was asked about getting his (DRS) review right for once, he rather foolishly (in my view) declared that he thought it was an umpires call, so his ‘out’ decision would have been upheld.

So Watson effectively said that he thought the review wouldn’t be overturned, and that the Aussie team would have lost a review, showing that some things don’t really – or probably never will – change!

With England, and although it’s easy to hammer them for their team selection, at least they were prepared to experiment. I wish they hadn’t, but we can’t have it both ways. I suppose the best way to look at it from now on is, I won’t criticise them in future for being too rigid.

Despite the criticism Chris Woakes has received, I think he was picked more for his batting than his bowling, so he has a second chance to put things right – although he certainly didn’t do himself any favours with his bowling yesterday.

While the only real consolation for Simon Kerrigan is that today surely can’t be any worse than yesterday. I think Monty can safely piss on the heads of as many nightclub doormen as he wants from now until the announcement of the Ashes squad, and still be a safe pick.

On a serious note, others haven’t always been dropped when they have got into trouble. So if Monty gets his head down from now until the end of the season, I see no reason why he shouldn’t be recalled for the Ashes tour.

Using a tweet I seen last night to finish with, it read Kerrigan can still save his reputation with a well made 98 batting at No.11 #Ashes – source was the excellent @RichieBenaud_ 

England Odds On To Win The Ashes Down Under

With the Ashes finally wrapped up earlier this week, online bookmakers have started pricing up the return series down under later this year. It didn’t take a genius to work out that England would be favourites, but odds on favourites at 5/6!! I’m not so sure about that.

As much as I think England will (at the very least) retain the Ashes down under, I’m not so sure I would be confident enough to be backing them at 5/6 to win the series outright.

For anyone thinking about backing England at that price – or having any sort of risky(ish) bet – I would recommend using some free bets, the sort you can find on Basically use the matched betting method to gain a free bet from the bookies, and then use the bookies free bet to back England with. That way you can back England without risking your own money.

Looking at the current condition and form of England doesn’t totally inspire me to want to back them at odds on. At the same time though, others might rightly argue that they are 3-0 up in the series without playing well, so are clearly the far superior team. And as a result, England should thrash Australia when they do eventually get their act together.

It’s simply a matter of opinion and how you read the current situation. Do England have problems? Or are they simply a good side a bit out of form who are still winning, and will win more comfortably when form returns? Probably a bit of both I suspect.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to have a go at England here for winning a series, I’m just pointing out that there are one or two areas of concern for me if I was considering betting on them at 5/6 to win the Ashes in Australia.

England have been fairly poor in this series for me. Not enough of their top players have come to the party, particularly Cook, Trott and Prior. Cook’s captaincy hasn’t been great also, but he’s a young captain and still learning.

Joe Root’s promotion to opener hasn’t worked in my view, and so far the Jonny Bairtow experiment hasn’t been a resounding success. Also, why didn’t Jimmy Anderson warm up before the 4th Test? Is Anderson injured, or just out of form?

In contrast to that, who would have thought back in 2005 that the fragile little Sherminator of the England side would be the man to almost single handedly hold the English batting together and beat Australia?

Ridiculed by Shane Warne in 2006/7, Bell now has a record that boasts 92 Test appearances, 20 centuries, 37 half centuries and a Test average of 46.89.

It’s also the sign of a good team when players can step up to the plate when others are out of form. At the start of the series I doubt anybody would have predicted a 3-0 scoreline at this stage with not much contribution from Trott, Cook and Prior.

Moving onto Australia and another reason why I don’t see 5/6 as great value on England is because the Aussies aren’t that bad on home soil.

Last year they lost 1-0 to South Africa, and beat Sri Lanka 3-0. The previous year they beat India 4-0, and drew 1-1 with New Zealand. With the exception of the series against the Kiwis, that isn’t a bad record, as South Africa are the best Test side in the world.

They also have a good bowling (seam) attack that seems to suit their wickets. They just need to get some confidence and stability into the batting unit.

At times they have had the better of England in this series, they have just lost those crucial little periods of play though. To use a tennis analogy, England took more of their break points than Australia did.

I repeat what I said pre (this) series, I don’t think this Aussie side is as bad as it is portrayed. Warner is a dangerous player, Rogers may not have a long term future at his age, but he is okay for the time being.

Michael Clarke is one of the best batsmen in the world, and Australia have two decent number sixes to choose from in Steve Smith and Shane Watson. That’s not meant to be flippant, it is a serious point. Most teams in the world would gladly have a player of the ability of either of those two who can bat at number 6, and are both more than capable fifth bowlers.

No problem at wicket keeper with Brad Haddin and Matthew Wade to take over. And as I have already said, the seamers are decent enough. I actually do believe that Nathan Lyon has done enough to show he could be an okay spinner if some real faith and belief is shown in him.

If the Aussies could find a competent number 3 (it could be Usman Khawaja) and a number 5, and soon another decent opener, they could have a decent side. Nothing like the side of 10 years ago, but if they could find a couple of top class performers to compliment what they have, they will be back up there at a similar level to England and India, and not far from South Africa.

A special mention for Ryan Harris, along with Michael Clarke he is probably Australia’s only real world class player. He is the only other player who would have more than held his own in the recent great Aussie sides. It’s just a shame his fitness lets him down as often as it does.

The Ashes down under is not too far off now, there will be plenty of cricket betting opportunities available for the return series over the final couple of weeks in the build up to the series, so it’s better to bide your time and wait.