3 Rules for Betting on… 4th Test Match – England vs India
This entry was posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014
1) ‘Pace and bounce, pace and bounce’ as Michael Holding will no doubt say, will be the key:
In 2006, a similarly inexperienced Pakistani side got skittled at Old Trafford , falling well short of the average first innings total of 379. And although the pitch has been relaid (and turned 90 degrees – ooh) subsequently, in last summer’s Ashes, Siddle, Harris and Mitchell Starc all had fine tests (imagine what the other Mitchell might have done.). In this regard, the return of Steven Finn could be intriguing. Only Simon Jones has a better strikerate for England (amongst the quicks) over the past decade, and Finn performed well against Bangladesh here in 2010. Keep and eye on the Indian runs tally market, and look to oppose anything above 250.
2) England have a fine record at Old Trafford in recent years:
Winning five of the last seven tests played there (and drawing two.) India on the other hand have a poor record playing on fast surfaces, having capsized in Durban last year losing in ten wickets, whilst in 2012, they got banged in bouncy Perth. Back England to win the test at 2.08.
3) At Old Trafford, Ian Bell does well
The reason for England’s fine form at OT could well be that the Bell usually chimes there. He averages a storming 78 in his decade batting in Lancashire, and he is a juicy 5.2 favourite to be top 1st innings bat for England.