There is more going on in the world of cricket betting than most people will actually realise. It is only when the big Ashes Series or the World Cup generally rolls around that the game gets heightened attention. But you can broaden your horizons by sizing up all of the Test nations because there is generally a match up going on somewhere in the world. The benefit of keeping abreast of all the Test nations is that there aren't that many of them, so it's easy to see who is on form heading in a Series.
Conditions play a huge part in cricket betting, more so than in any other sport it's fair to say. Certain conditions bring swing bowling into play more, other conditions favour spin bowling while some tracks are flat and slow and are a batsman's delight. These are the things which really have to be paid attention to for cricket betting because they have a huge influence. The spin-friendly conditions of India and Pakistan, for example, are notoriously difficult places for tourists to go and pick up Series wins in.
Typical Cricket Bets
With International cricket, depending on the teams involved, there will be a whole range of pre-match markets available. This can range from predicting which team will win a five match test series to having a punt on who you feel will be the most prolific batsman.
To win the series
Series correct score
Series handicap betting
Individual match betting
Top team batsman
Top team bowler
Man of the match
To win the coin toss
Runs odd or even
Over/Under batsman runs
Next man out
Next over total runs
Similar markets will be available for both County Cricket and the IPL. However, because these are league based you can bet on teams to win the league, top batsman over the season and top bowler over the season amongst a few others.
Cricket Betting Advice
Conditions - Keep up-to-date with the weather, especially in test matches. The obvious concern to any team is rain. Rain has the ability to not only halt play but also stop any match from being completed. It will also affect the team's tactics in regards to their match situation. If a team opens the batting and puts on a poor batting tally then they could hope for rain in order to save the test from being a defeat and instead savour a draw.
Injuries - Injuries in cricket are common. Because players can often spend several hours in the field, chasing the ball constantly, that can lead to fatigue and a higher chance of catching an injury if you're a player. Key players can often pull out of a match just days before a match can kick-off so make sure you're aware of any big-name injuries and check who will come into the squad to replace them.
Form & Confidence - Just like any other sport, confidence is key for a cricketer. If they've been scoring runs for fun and getting the odd 100 here and there, then their confidence in not only their own ability but those of their fellow team mates will be high. Players will be confident in their shot selections whereas if they struggling for runs then they will be reserved about what shots they go for and could start doubting their ability. The same applies to bowlers. If they've been taking a lot of wickets lately then their bowling lanes and speed will be good.
Team Situations - Betting on a series winner goes on throughout the series. Ensure you know the series score throughout as this can affect the way a team can play. If England are losing 2-1 with one test to go then they will be doing all they can to draw the series. However, if England are 3-0 down then spirits will be low and chances are the players will be too deflated to put in a match-winning performance.
Live In-Play Cricket Betting
There are great cricket betting opportunities live in-play for punters to delve into. Because cricket is such a fluid game, it gives punters the chance to assess what is unfolding in front of them and adjust their betting accordingly. This is a great way to complement your pre-match or pre-series tournament betting. If you have backed England in a Test outright bet but they are struggling at the close of day one, you can decide to oppose them by backing their opponents to come through and take the win.
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