ENGLAND vs India betting this summer promises a feast of fabulous cricket betting, both in Tests and one-day fixtures.
However, with a team which is growing old gracefully together, do the Indians have the guile and pace to bowl England out twice in each of the summer’s four Test matches? As the fixtures are taking place in the latter part of the summer on what promises to be welcoming pitches for the hosts, most predictions and tips suggest that are on England course to record a Test series victory.
Of course, winning the Ashes in Australia was one of the career highlights for many of their players, but England are moving up the ICC standings. Yet despite this, cricket betting is anything but predictable and recent falls from grace highlights how inconsistent the home side can be. Nonetheless, England v India betting will have great appeal to the UK-based predictor hopeful of securing a summer of cricketing profits.
Historically, England win home series more frequently than they lose them, and as they played so well Down Under recently, the odds are that online bookmakers will offer a succession of compelling bets, supplemented by a raft of free bets for first time players.
Lord's, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and the Oval are the traditional venues for the summer’s four Test matches and most England vs India betting will focus on another home success.
One well-known cricket writer, surveying the prospect of a summer of cricket betting, said: "England and India always serve up an intoxicating dish. This year, England’s tails are up, while India are an ageing side. It follows that England vs India bets must be selected with extreme care.
"Predictions of an English whitewash appear too optimistic, unless, of course, you’re taking advantage of a free bet provided by an online bookmaker and passing the risk onto him! However, an England vs India bet on a home Test series win looks likely to be well supported.
"Afterwards, we have the small matter of T20 betting when the teams meet at Old Trafford on August 31. As we all recall, England upset the ICC World Twenty20 betting markets by clinching the world title last year and this will influence the odds against them trumping India this summer.
"If I were in the habit of publishing betting tips, I would say I’d expect England vs India betting to get even spicier during the one-day series. I fully expect a huge number of punters will focus on the internet where they can hunt for value when mulling over their England vs India betting. This is a wise move as a series of features, including strong home support, and harder, bouncier pitches to test the Indians, should be factored into the reckoning when making England vs India bets.
"England return to India next year, a point at which their place in the ICC standings will come under most threat. If England do beat India this year, then the following season’s England vs India betting markets will undoubtedly favour the Indians.
"Test cricket betting continues to prove enormously popular as punters can wager on who will take most catches or score the highest number of sixes, each of which will feature prominently in the England v India betting highlights.
"Online England vs India betting will have added appeal because of the amount of in-play bets available during the course of a match, be it a Test or one-day international.
"Many folk will enjoy having the opportunity to take advantage of the live England vs India betting markets as they emerge. A cool day in an English summer can do strange things to the pitch, the bowlers and the batsmen, features which ensure that England v India betting odds could change mightily quickly.
“All told, I expect England vs India betting to be huge.” It’s a sentiment with which it’s difficult to argue.
England vs India 2011 betting dates:
July 21-25: 1st npower Test v India, Lord’s
July 29-Aug 2: 2nd npower Test v India, Trent Bridge
Aug 10-14: 3rd npower Test v India, Edgbaston
Aug 18-22: 4th npower Test v India, Kia Oval
Aug 31: NatWest International T20 v India, Old Trafford
Sept 3: 1st NatWest Series ODI v India, Emirates Durham ICG
Sept 6: 2nd NatWest Series ODI v India, Rose Bowl
Sept 9: 3rd NatWest Series ODI v India, Kia Oval
Sept 11: 4th NatWest Series ODI v India, Lord's
Sept 16: 5th NatWest Series ODI v India, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff