Pakistan vs England 3rd Test Series – What could possibly go wrong…

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Given how spectacularly disastrously the last two series ended (Pakistan refusing to come back out at the Oval and Pakistan bowling dot balls to demand in 2010), it is little surprise that lips are being licked all round for England’s upcoming three-test series against Pakistan.

Trips over there often prove just as dramatic (ask Mike Gatting), but unfortunately due to security reasons, this series will be played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Here are three rules worth adhering to, when punting Pakistan-England.

1)      Ignore current international trends of low-scoring, quick test matches:

The Middle East produces completely different conditions and wickets to the grounds on which England made short work of Australia and India. There have only ever been two tests held in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium (venue for the first and final test), but no side has been skittled for under 200 in the eight innings to date.

2)      Pakistan are a funny bunch

Nudge nudge wink wink maybe. But there is never a better time to back a Pakistan collapse than when they are 150/2 and cruising. Likewise if you are betting in-play, watch out for sporadic bowling and even fielding brilliance, often coming when least expected.

3)      Back England

Many of Pakistan’s talismanic players have either retired or are banned, and their line-up against England will contain many new names for opposing players and pundits alike. It won’t be easy for Strauss’ men, and Panesar’s form will be crucial, but we fancy a 1-0 series win, available at 6 with our good friends at Betfair.

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