The Hundred may have arrived in England but August sees the true and best form of cricket. No hitting the ball like a madman but five days of competition to prove who is the best. England host India in a five-test series, beginning at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on August 4. It’s an important series for both countries and sportsbooks will be taking great interest in these upcoming matches.
India has to get over the loss of the World Test Cricket Championship final to New Zealand. The English weather (aka lots of rain) had the odds heavily favouring a draw. However, an extra day and some decent weather at last saw New Zealand become the first champions.
For England, this is the last chance to get some good form. They need that as this winter sees them heading down under to try and regain the Ashes from Australia. The form shown so far this summer indicates that the high odds offered by sportsbooks against that happening are more than justified.
Cricket has changed so much in recent years. There are so many forms of the game. In fact, too many forms of the game but that’s an argument for another article. The mere fact that England will be playing only their third test of the summer on August 4 says it all. Their time has been spent playing ODI’s and T20 matches. How long before the first international Hundred match?
The various forms of the game see different results for England. They may be struggling in test matches but the odds on them winning the T20 World Cup aren’t that high at sportsbooks. It’s the test form that is the most worrying problem at present.
This summer has seen them play just two tests against New Zealand. They managed to lose that series 1-0 and their performance was not good at all. Few were saying ‘let’s go online and bet on England to beat either India or Australia.’
India’s bowlers will hope to cause plenty of problems for England’s batsmen. They might not need to try too hard though as England’s batsmen often don’t need too much help to play a bad shot and be dismissed. That was shown in the second Test against the Kiwis when bowled out for just 122.
An important task for India will be to make an early breakthrough. Dom Sibley and Rory Burns are capable of getting their team off to a good start. The problem is that both of them getting a good score in the same innings doesn’t happen that often. Another problems is that when England do lose an early wickets, the odds are that more will follow.
The number three position for England has long been a problem. Current incumbent Zak Crawley scored 267 against Pakistan last year but has only scored 123 runs in his next 12 innings with six of the last seven seeing out for a single figure score. If he’s selected, a bet on him to be the next batsman dismissed is well worth making. Perhaps Hameed will get a game after his century against India in a recent tour match.
Joe Root has gone 11 test innings without a half century, Olly Pope is fit but had a highest score of 23 against New Zealand, while Dan Lawrence scored 81 not out against New Zealand but failed to trouble the scorers in his other two innings.
England should be able to put up a better performance in this series. With Ben Stokes, Joss Buttler and Johnny Bairstow back in the line-up, the odds on them doing well will shorten.
As for their bowlers, there is still a dependence on Broad and Anderson, but they do keep taking wickets. In English conditions they will always be a threat. Ollie Robinson did well against the Kiwis and is back from his suspension. There’s no Jofra Archer or Chris Woakes though.
If wanting to place a bet on this series, check out all the UK betting offers before making your wager. February saw India win a home series against England 3-1, after losing the first test. They had some comprehensive victories. One by 317 runs, another by 10 wickets and then a final test win by an innings and 25 runs.
After scoring 578 in the first test, England failed to get above 205 for the next seven innings, four of them 135 or less. Repeating that in England might be a tall order but the odds on a first test series win in England since 2007 are looking good.