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Read our How to bet on Cricket betting guide for a full overview of Cricket betting. We’ll provide our best betting tips, best Cricket events, the most popular Cricket betting markets and the best Australian bookmakers for betting on Cricket. Continue reading our How to bet on Cricket guide below.
Cricket events to bet on
Cricket has three popular forms of play: Test Cricket, One Day Cricket and Twenty20 Cricket. Twenty20 has taken off in the last couple years and all the main nations have a domestic competition.
Read on for an overview of the more popular betting events for Cricket:
One Day World Cup – The World Cup is played in four year cycles and the last event was played in 2015 for Men. At the time of writing, the Women’s World Cup is currently being played in England. Australian bookmakers already have odds for the 2019 Men’s version and Australia are the main favourites after winning in 2015.
The Ashes – This is most popular test match series in world Cricket and is played between Australia and England. Both countries have a rich history against each other. The Ashes is a much anticipated Cricket event on the sports calendar. The next series will be played in 2017 on Australian soil.
Twenty20 World Cup – Another World Cup is played for Twenty20 and there has been seven tournaments since 2007. The next event will be played in 2020 in Australia.
ICC Champions Trophy – The ICC Champions Trophy was recently held in 2017 and Pakistan upset the Indians for victory. It’s a short, 50 over competition with the eight best nations on display.
Indian Premier League – The IPL is played in India and is arguably the most popular Cricket betting event for Twenty20. The league attracts players from around the globe and we all know that India loves cricket.
Twenty20 Big Bash (Australia) – The Big Bash is Australia’s Twenty20 competition and runs in the Australian Summer period. Players from around the world compete in this tournament and it’s quickly become a main-stay on the Australian calendar.
Natwest Twenty20 Blast (England) – England’s domestic Twenty20 competition was one of the first major T20 competitions created. It’s played in the winter period for Australian fans.
Main Cricket betting markets
In this section, we’ll review the most popular Cricket betting markets available.
Betting on the winner of a cricket match is a popular option for multi-bets and the underdog.
Top Run-scorer by team
This bet type will provide odds for the most runs scored by a batsman on each team. In test matches, the 1st innings is the main market. This bet type would be recommended for any Cricket match with great conditions for batting. Generally, the top four batsman are the best choices.
Top Wicket-taker by team
You can also bet on the top wicket taker per innings. The best betting advice for this bet type is to stick with the opening bowlers if the pitch is suitable for fast bowlers. Otherwise, a spinner is also a good choice if they’re in form and the pitch is known for spinners taking lots of wickets (Eg. India). In Test Cricket, spinners are more recommended in the second innings when the pitch is deteriorating.
Man of the Match
Betting on the man of the match can provide value odds, however this is a tougher bet to achieve. Especially in a five day test match. It would be more recommended for betting on Twenty20 and One Day Cricket.
Cricket betting strategies
Form – The number one Cricket betting strategy is looking at the form of a player or team. If a player or team has performed well in recent cricket matches, they’re a good chance of repeating in the next match.
Match type – The difference between a Test match, One Day match and a Twenty20 match should also be taken into consideration. Players are more suited to a format and they’ll perform better. For example, a test cricket batsman that doesn’t attack will struggle in Twenty20. Also some teams are historically better in different forms of Cricket match types. The best example is the fact the Australian cricket team have failed to win the Twenty20 World Cup but they dominate the One Day Cricket World Cup.
Coin Toss – Generally speaking, the team that wins the coin toss will have better odds of winning a Cricket match. Batting first on a hard pitch or bowling first in cloudy conditions are the main advantages of winning the toss.
Weather – Weather is another betting factor for a cricket match. In One Day Cricket, the team batting second is more favoured when a match is shortened due to rain. This is because they can plan their innings based on the target set from the Duckworth-Lewis Method. In Test Cricket, a chance of rain will significantly increase the odds of a drawn result.
Venue – The venue for a Cricket match is an important factor as this will show any form patterns. If a team has a bad venue record, they’re likely to struggle. In terms of players, most cricket players have better records at their home venue. A good example would be David Warner from Australia. He has a fantastic batting record in Australia but he has failed in the sub-continent during his career.
Home Field Advantage – Along the same lines as venue, is home field advantage. Teams will generally perform better at home as they’re players are more suited to the conditions. For example, India struggle on Australian tours as their players are more suited to the sub-continent pitch conditions. Whereas, Australian pitchers are more bouncy and give bowlers more advantage.
Injuries – A cricket team consists of just 11 players per team. If a team is missing key players due to injury, the other team has more chances of winning.
Best Cricket betting sites
The following section will provide our review of the best cricket betting sites in Australia.
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William Hill – They also have a range of future markets, but they’re missing the Big Bash. Compared to Sportsbet, the Cricket betting markets aren’t as user friendly and they have less odds for the favourite. But they do offer live streaming for Cricket matches.
Sportsbet – Compared to William Hill, Sportsbet have slightly better odds and they have more Cricket betting markets. The future markets are plentiful and they even have odds for the Big Bash months before the tournament starts. They’ll also provide better Cricket promotions during the Australian Summer and Big Bash.
Bet365 – Bet365 have a well-designed live betting section for Cricket matches and would be recommended for live betting. They also provide live streaming of less popular cricket matches, such as the Women’s World Cup in 2017.