We don’t like Cricket – we love it

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Time for the big sporting event of the summer.

Andy Murray’s annual Wimbledon surrender. David Haye opting to box Valdimir Klitschko from below the waist. Even the England Women’s football team long-balling their way to penalty defeat. It’s been a highly unsatisfactory sporting summer for GB’s leading athletes.

The good news however, is that the biggest sporting event of the silly season is still to come and begins this week. The two best test teams in the world will eye each other up over four matches, and if England win by two clear tests, they will leapfrog the visitors India to become the kings of the world.

(As a side note, we firmly believe India will have the better of the series, and England will be lucky to even nick a single test, particularly given the biblical 40 days of rain predicted for the next month or so.)

The series starts at Lords on Thursday, where India haven’t won for 25 years. Both sides are unquestionably stronger in their batting line-ups, and Strauss and Pietersen scored big here the last time the two met at the home of cricket. More intriguingly, MS Dhoni hit a match-saving 76* in the 4th innings, and he could well be the man to watch.

The BBC predict rain on three of the five scheduled days of play, and that coupled with the strong batsmen means we like the draw at 1.93 on Betfair. We also like MS Dhoni to be top Indian run-scorer at 5.

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