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  • on 19.07.2011
  • at 01:32 PM
  • by KT

England v India Test Series – Preview

Australia have long dominated Test cricket. But over recent years that dominance has been slowly slipping away and now we find ourselves with twe young pretenders to the throne, vying for that number one spot.

This Summer will see those two teams clash in one of the most eagerly anticipated Test Series in recent years. England will host an Indian side looking to cement themselves as cricket’s top-dog.

They may lack the strength, character and fear that the Aussie teams of the past were built upon, but yet this summer’s England v India Test Series is sure to be a mouth-watering clash nonetheless.

So whilst the 2nd half of the tour will likely be a one-sided affair, lets take a look at the Test Series; one with multiple cricket betting opportunities and angles for us to get stuck into.

England

England were once seen as crickets horror story. Despite having the players and infrastructure, they always failed to deliver when it really mattered. They appeared to have finally turned the corner when winning the 2005 Ashes series against Australia, only for the Aussies to reclaim the famous urn with a 5-0 drubbing next time out.

That said, more recently England have finally begun to show some consistency and put together a string of victories. They are unbeaten on home soil since 2008, and have won seven and drawn one of their last 8 Test Series’.

With a team consisting of strong openers, an attacking middle order, match winning seamers and the best spin bowler in the world, England really do have the makings of a team capable of achieving great things. The team is led by a great coach in Andy Flower, seemingly capable of getting the best out of his players, and a captain who can rack up runs for fun, should his form hold up.

India

The Indians themselves are on a run of 11 Test Series without tasting defeat, and with stats like that its easy to see why they are number one on the world right now.

With an impressive batting lineup consisting of Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Yuvraj and Dhoni, the England bowlers will need to be firing on all cylinders if they are to prevent the Indians from making it 12 in a row.

But it is also worth noting that most of these haven’t seen cricket since the IPL, and haven’t played real cricket since the World Cup.

In terms of bowlers, the Indians will need to adapt to the very different conditions that Lords and The Oval in particular throw up. There’s very little doubt that the English weather extremes are some of the toughest for a touring team to overcome. The bowling unit consists of two in-form bowlers; Zaheer Khan, easily their bowling trump card, and Ishant Sharma. They are supported by seamer Munaf who is useful but will strike little fear in the eyes of Strauss, Pietersen and Cook.

Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag will be crucial to India's success if they are to triumph in England this Summer

England v India Betting

Despite the fact that both teams are very evenly matched, England are at home and therefore come into this as 5/4 favourites with Bet365. India will have to contend with the extremes of the British weather and their price of 11/5 reflects this.

With bad weather forecast it is hard to see 5 or even 4 Test Matches being won and so an England to win the Series 2-1 at 11/2 looks good value.

Sachin Tendulkar has proved time and again why he is the best batsman in the world and this will likely be his last tour of England. He will be keen to impress on his final visit and is 3/1 (Boylesports) to be Top Indian Batsman.

Virender Sehwag is almost immune to bowling conditions and seems to score runs whatever the weather and pitch condition. Despite batting further down the order, if early wickets tumble he is capable of steadying the ship and scoring some quick runs to salvage in innings. The 20/1 for him to be top Indian run-scorer with Sporting Bet looks very generous indeed.

In terms of English batsmen, Kevin Pietersen was once deemed to be the star of the show but his performance of late have been average by his high standards and is 9/2 to be Top England Batsman. Instead Alastair Cook is 3/1 favourite with Boylesports and rightly so.

In Matt Prior, England finally have a true Keeper-Batsman and is 16/1 here whilst Ian Bell is 6/1, coming off the back of an impressive Series against Sri Lanka. Ian Bell is also 10/3 to top score in a Paddy Power’s special Handicap market, with 62 run head-start.

In the bowler’s markets, Chris Tremlett is 3/1 to be Top England Bowler. He has pace, bounce and control and last time India toured he caused the great Sachin Tendulkar some serious problems. In these conditions he is surely worth a bet at the price.

Summary

So there you have it – on one side you have India, a formidable batting line-up in great form. They are brimming with confidence and have an army of support behind then, despite being the tourists.

An important factor is that England are at home, with conditions in their favour, and thsi may ultimately prove to be the deciding factor. Add to that a lack of match practice for most of the top order and we strongly fancy England to be in a position to be challenging for the number one Test ranking spot after this series.

England v India Test Series – Selections:

  • Tip #1: England to win the Series - 5/4 (Bet365) – 5 points win
  • Tip #2: England to win Series 2-1 – 11/2 (Bet365) – 2 points win
  • Tip #3: Tremlett – Top Eng Bowl – 3/1 (Boylesports) – 0.5 point win
  • Tip #4: Sehwag – Top Ind Bat – 20/1 (Sporting Bet) – 0.5 point win
  • Tip #5: Ian Bell – Top Eng Bat (H’cap +62) – 10/3 (PaddyPower) – 2 points win

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