4th ODI: England vs Pakistan: Ready for Runs Galore!

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The 2019 ICC World Cup is almost here and all eyes are on this ODI series, as two of the front runners prepare to meet again in the 4th ODI: England vs Pakistan.

It’s been a fascinating, and entertaining, tussle between two of the higher statesmen of world cricket. After the first game was washed out, both sides have shown clear signs of intent with high scoring encounters in the second and third, both won by England.

And the runs are highly unlikely to slow down at one the best batting tracks in England when the 4th ODI starts at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday. With the hosts two up with two to play Pakistan has to go for it, and that will make for an explosive clash against arguably the best team in the world.

Talking Points

England’s bowling auditions

Fast bowler Jofra Archer has got the pulses racing in cricket pavilions the length and breadth of England and he has seemingly nailed a place in England’s World Cup squad, impressing in his short spell in the first ODI, before it was rained off. He’s making the England vs Pakistan news without even playing, as the other potential members of the hosts’ pace bowling attack are left to battle it out for the other three places.

The 24 year old only had four overs in the opening game, but he bowled with such pace and penetration, reaching 93 mph and conceding just six runs, that he’s made a huge case for his inclusion.

So who else can make the cut? Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers in the third ODI in Bristol, taking four wickets, while David Willey who can be one of the best death bowlers in the game, took a hammering, though he did take a stunning caught and bowled to claim his one wicket.

England vs Pakistan news: Chris Woakes staked his claim to a World Cup place with four wickets in Bristol

Chris Woakes in action playing for England against Pakistan in Bristol

Liam Plunkett bowls a heavy ball and is reliable, while Tom Curran provides a youthful challenge for a starting place. Test star Sam’s brother was drafted in for his first game in Bristol and claimed the wicket of Pakistan’s best batsman, Imam-ul-Haq, with a brilliant Yorker, but he too was expensive.

And then there is Mark Wood, the only bowler England has who is quicker than Archer.

England are the favourites to win the ICC World Cup and if they get this decision right then, aligned to the most destructive batting line-up in world cricket, the bowling attack can bowl the Three Lions to success.

The batting line-up picks itself. After hitting a spectacular 50 ball century in the second ODI Jos Buttler took a well earned rest, and left the stage free for Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy to plunder the Pakistan attack in the third. With skipper Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Moeen Ali all capable of taking a game away from any attack, England certainly has the firepower to triumph in the World Cup.

The world showcase is due to start in two weeks time and we’ll be there with all the latest news, reports and the best odds with us.

Pakistan’s batsmen up their game

While England’s bowlers try to impress their selectors, the Pakistan batting has enjoyed a long awaited evolution, finally showing the dynamism and urgency to win in the 50 over game. 300 isn’t a big enough total to win these days and Pakistan has responded.

In the third ODI the visitors posted a total which required England to record the fifth highest successful run chase in history, as Imam hit a delightful 151 in 97 balls, and was ably backed up by Asif Ali in a stand of 125.

Shaheens are eyeing to threat England vs Pakistan betting odds

Imam-ul-Haq has been one of Pakistan’s best batsman

And in the second ODI, in the absence of Archer, Fakhar Zaman hit a superb century to run England close. This has encouraged Pakistan fans, who can’t wait for the World Cup and the chance to meet their old foes India once again. It’s arguably the biggest game in world cricket, always a sell out and a game neither wants to lose.


So with two wins from the last two games the Three Lions come into the shoot out at Trent Bridge with the five match series in their grasp, and the balance of head-to-heads is in the hosts’ favour.

England has won 51 of the 84 meetings in the one day format with Pakistan triumphing in 30 and their have been three no results.

Betting Tip

England have been strong in all formats of the game for some time but it is in the 50 over format that the hosts have made the biggest strides over the past three years.

The England vs Pakistan betting odds are weighing heavily in their favour and I just can’t see Morgan’s team letting up as they vie for places in the World Cup starting eleven.

Pakistan at 3.04 might be tempting but I’m going to resist!

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ODI: England Go into the Unknown!

1st ODI: Sri Lanka vs England

Dambulla, Pallekele and Colombo.

Venues where most of the cricket action between these two nations will be played out over the next two months.

us followers have much to look forward to, starting with the one day internationals.

England may be top of the ODI world rankings but don’t believe just because the hosts are placed down in eighth that this will be anything but a tough assignment for Eoin Morgan’s men.

Talking Points

Kamindu Mendis aims to challenge ODI betting odds favourites England

Kamindu Mendis eyes victory with Sri Lanka as they host England

Fresh from a 4-1 series win over India, there’s no doubt England will be firm favourites against the struggling Sri Lankans.

The hosts are still reeling from the axing of captain Angelo Mathews after a dismal run of 30 losses in their last 40 ODIs, including defeats to Bangladesh and Afghanistan in last month’s Asia Cup.

England are keen to maintain momentum ahead of next year’s World Cup and have many reasons to feel upbeat ahead of a tour which comprises three tests – their first in the country since 2012 – five ODIs and one Twenty20 International.

The question which is being asked is, now captain Alistair Cook has retired, can England become world beaters?

If they are going to be, they will have to improve from their comprehensive ODI 5-2 defeat in 2014 when the World Cup was just three months away.

As far as ODI news is concerned, the selectors know this is the ideal time to assess some much-needed answers to key questions.

Who will replace Cook? Can Mooen Ali really be trusted to bat at number three? Is Keaton Jennings a Test match batsman?

Captain Morgan admits England ‘have a long way to go’ as they prepare to take on a nation which was far too strong for South Africa in July.

Sri Lanka have certainly been consistent in parts over the past 18 months or so with away test victories against both Pakistan and Bangladesh – victories which suggests the tests will be tougher assignments than the actual one-day clashes.

In the tests England are captained by Joe Root who knows, in that format, they have been fragile away from home.

Root will certainly want his test players to use the ODI encounters wisely to plan for the more difficult challenge of playing tests.

The hosts’ new skipper, Dinesh Chandimal missed the Asia Cup and the preceding ODI series against South Africa due to injury and suspension but struck 77 in a practice match against England in Colombo last week.

There is also the exciting prospect of seeing Kamindu Mendis in action.

The ambidextrous spinner bowls with both his left and right arm and is certainly one of the rarest propositions this England team or indeed any cricketing opponent is likely to face.

The 20 year-old from Galle may be just starting out but his versatility is a tool which could be a real advantage.

Mendis has previously showcased his unusual skill during two editions of the Under-19 World Cup and is certainly very different.

He is yet to play a first class match but the ODI series is surely set to be his chance.

Watch out for him.


England historically have a poor record on the Island.

They may have defeated India 2-1 in July to record their eighth consecutive bilateral ODI series win.

The only blemish on their ODI record over the past 18 months may be a sole defeat in a one-off match against Scotland.

But India have the edge in their overall ODI record against England by a slender 34 victories to 33.

Eyes are already on the first test which opens in Galle on November 6.

It is 17 years since Nasser Hussain’s England recovered from losing the first Test to win 2-1 in Sri Lanka. England have never won a Test in Galle, however.

Of the test squad, only James Anderson and Stuart Broad have any experience of test cricket in the country.

Betting Tip

Sri Lanka vs England England Asian Handicap 0.00 @ 1.40
October 9, 17:00 (GMT+8)

Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara predicts England will be no pushover and, of course, he should be right.

ODI betting odds naturally lean towards the tourists.

Asian Handicap odds price England 0.00 @ 1.40 and Sri Lanka 0.00 @ 2.85.

As for the top scoring batsman, you can get @ 4.50 outright on both Upul Tharanga and KusalPerera with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow priced @ 4.00 and 4.30 respectively.

Be aware though of possible monsoon rain. England’s final warm-up match in Colombo was washed out.

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Test Cricket England vs India: Could England Really Become World-Beaters?

5th Test: England vs India

That is a question on the lips of many after Moeen Ali spun England to a 60-run victory over India on the fourth day of the fourth test in Southampton.

That sealed a series win over the world’s number-one team with a match in hand.

Now it’s time for Test Cricket England vs India 2018, the final chapter, at The Oval.

Talking Points

us fans will know the main talking point in recent days has been the retirement from test cricket of Alastair Cook.

He deserves the many accolades that have been thrown his way, and that will surely follow over the next week or so. His remarkable career is one to savour.

This test will provide one of the England vs India highlights without a ball being bowled, simply to acknowledge the reception Cook will receive during his international swansong.

The 33-year-old will start the 161st and final test match of his record-breaking career after admitting ‘there is nothing left in the tank’.

The announcement was not a total surprise.

In fact, even on Sunday evening, I was chatting on a train to an England fan returning home from the Ageas Bowl who informed me the time was right for Cook to call it a day.

Within a few hours came the announcement that the four-time Ashes winner was doing just that.

He will be recognised before this encounter begins also.

Fittingly, from both the England hierarchy and Joe Root, who succeeded Cook as test captain earlier this year before the chance to add to his 32 centuries and 12,254 runs – the sixth-most in test history.

India are also likely to acknowledge his achievements, feats the nation is only too well aware of after he captained England to a winter series win on Indian soil in 2011-12 when he dominated with the bat.

That, along with the Ashes success of the previous year, will always stand out among many personal highlights for Cook.

There were tricky calls ahead for England even before his announcement, although the selectors are unlikely to make too many changes for this one.

Perhaps one of James Anderson or Stuart Broad – upon whom England have become extremely dependent – will be rested to allow a debut for someone such as Jamie Porter.

With Cook playing, perhaps even Jonny Bairstow (struggling from a fractured finger) or Keaton Jennings could be rested?

If Bairstow is fully fit, will he reclaim the gloves and return to no 7?

Could Rory Burns come into the equation?

Ben Stokes has been told he does not require surgery but is struggling with a knee injury.

Could Chris Woakes come in for Adil Rashid? Ali has taken two more wickets this series than Rashid, even though the latter has played in all four tests.

James Anderson remains a man to watch as he closes in on equalling Glenn McGrath’s record to become the most prolific fast bowler in test history.

Then there is possible doubt about the fitness of Ravichandran Ashwin, the tourists’ master-spinner, who pulled up limp just before the end of the fourth test.

So many questions and there are still four or five more days action to potentially look forward to.

There had been a hope amongst neutrals, and India fans, that this test would prove the decider, very much as it was in the one-day international series earlier this summer.

That may not be the case, but the Cook farewell will ensure this remains a great spectacle.

England’s next test at home after this incidentally? – the first of the 2019 Ashes.


Test Cricket England vs India: Can Virat Kohli stand a chance against England captain Joe Root?

India’s Virat Kohli is set to challenge England for winning the test series

A fourth wicket partnership of 101 between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane rescued them from 22 for three to within 122 of their target in the fourth test.

It was again, further proof, of the greatness of the Indian skipper.

India now bid for an eighth test triumph in England and what would be only their second victory on English soil in 13 matches.

Regardless of the result, England will rise to fourth in the ICC test rankings above New Zealand. India will stay on top ahead of South Africa and Australia.

Betting Tip

England vs India Draw @ 5.25
September 7, 18:00 (GMT+8)

As we look forward to the final test clash of the summer between two leading skippers, the England vs India betting odds favour the home side who holds an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Yet India will have gained much confidence from their last two outings, and another potentially close encounter is reflected in the odds.

England are priced 1X2 @ 1.80 with India @ 2.50. The draw is offered @ 5.25.

Asian Handicap betting also leans towards England who are priced 0.00 @ 1.55 with India 0.00 @ 2.44.

That latter bet certainly seems worth a punt.

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Who Will Be Found Wanting This Time?

4th Test: England vs India

So it’s off to Southampton we go for the latest installment in a summer of thrills and spills.

The Fourth Test: England vs India remains in the balance for us followers after the tourists’ thrilling win at Trent Bridge.

From the outset, there has been much focus on the skippers – Joe Root and Virat Kohli.

Then there were talks of a possible England romp.

Now, it’s talk of a potential Indian renaissance.

Talking Points

England vs India: Jonny Bairstow to battle in victory for India

Jonny Bairstow to be seen in action again vs England

As far as team news is concerned, England are waiting to see if Jonny Bairstow can recover from a broken finger he sustained in the chastening 203-run Third Test defeat at Trent Bridge.

If the wicketkeeper is not passed fit, chances are the recalled James Vince – who has been in superb form for Hampshire in all forms of the game – will play as a specialist batsman with Jos Butler most likely to keep wicket.

In that match, India needed less than three overs of a fifth morning to wrap up a comprehensive victory.

As a result, the pressure is now on the hosts who know if they lose the current series they will slip to sixth place in the current rankings, one place behind Sri Lanka.

Aside from Bairstow, their main worry surrounds their batting where, despite undeniable talent, the statistics make sorry reading.

Since 2015, England have failed to reach 300 in 35 of their past 65 completed innings.

Their opening partnerships have been largely inconsistent with Alastair Cook, their all-time leading run-scorer, lacking a prolific partner. Cook and Keaton Jennings have actually struggled of late.

It is something they need to put right as soon as possible or they will remain consistently inconsistent.

James Anderson, however, remains a man to go to, and he again showed his pedigree as he claimed four wickets at Trent Bridge. He is indeed now just six wickets short of equalling Glenn McGrath’s record to become the most prolific fast bowler in test history.

Clinical with bat and ball in the first two tests, how England react to their massive third test defeat could well be crucial.

Like Cook for the hosts, India have at times seemed overly reliant on the imperious Kohli. And they will certainly not be complacent on the south coast where they chase a first victory since 2007.

They have recalled Hanuma Vihari and Prithvi Shaw in their 18-man squad for the final two tests, although it is unlikely they will feature straight away.

Targeting the English will be Ishant Sharma – who has claimed 11 wickets in the three matches – and Jasprit Bumrah who notched a match-winning haul of seven wickets in Nottingham.

Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya will also be ones to watch, the former saying he and his team-mates fully intend to target Bairstow’s broken finger if he makes it.

Regardless of whether Bairstow is fit or not, there is an argument Vince should be selected on his home ground anyway as the classy right-hander will relish such a test match.

He made 76 in his last Test match in New Zealand before being, arguably, harshly axed by the selectors, and he could be the surprise quantity in Southampton.

Can England win the day and seal the series or are the rejuvenated tourists now holding the key and the momentum to take it the final test?

We are about to find out!


Their third test success was only India’s seventh-ever test triumph in England and their first victory on English soil in 11 matches.

Before then, they had passed 200 just once in their previous nine completed innings.

It remains one of the England vs India highlights thus far and dragged Kohli’s side back into the series after they were steamrollered in the second test when they lost by an inning.

Both teams have met once at the Rose Bowl before in the longest format of the game, and England emerged victorious by 266 runs on that occasion.

What are the odds?

The England vs India betting odds favour the home side, and that is no surprise given they have been the dominant force in this test to date.

Yet India will have gained much confidence from their last outing, and a potentially close encounter is reflected in the odds.

England are priced 1X2 @ 2.00 with India further out @ 2.45. The draw, which would ensure the outcome of the overall test is in the balance until the final test (which is scheduled to begin on September 7 at The Oval), is offered @ 4.20.

Asian Handicap betting also leans towards England who are priced at 0.00 @ 1.65 with India 0.00 @ 2.26.

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England Set to Power On!

2nd Test: England vs India

All roads lead to London this week as English and Indian cricket fans visit the Headquarters of Cricket with the hosts already one ahead.

The Second Test: England vs India at Lords will set the tone for the series after England won in dramatic fashion at Edgbaston to take a 1-0 lead. And as two of the best teams in the world collide again, a two-test deficit would make it very difficult for the Indians to recover.

Indian captain Virat Kohli tried to take his side to victory in the First Test, almost single-handedly and he desperately needs more of his players to perform, while England seems to be able to find match-winners rather more easily at the moment.

Talking Points

Betting odds now favour England versus India after First Test results, thanks partly to Sam Curran

England’s Sam Curran looking focused as he cleans the ball during First Test game with India

All-rounder Sam Curran has become a big England vs India news almost overnight with a man-of-the-match performance at Edgbaston as Joe Root’s side came through to win by just 31 runs.

He took four wickets to give England a first-inning lead, despite a brilliant 149 from Kohli, and then, with his side reeling and staring defeat in the face he smashed a superb 63 from 65 balls to swing the momentum back in England’s direction again. At just 20 years old and playing only his second test, this was a stunning performance to set the hearts of England fans racing.

While Ben Stokes cleaned up on day four, grabbing the big wicket of Kohli, it was Curran’s performance in two innings that won the match. Joe Root has said that Curran’s form is ‘like having two Stokes’ which is perhaps as well as the real Ben Stokes misses out at Lords while he defends his court case in Bristol this week. We look forward to the big-hitting all-rounder concentrating on his cricket again.

Stokes’ absence means there’s a return to the England set-up for Chris Woakes, another all-rounder with the ability to win matches with both bat and ball. These are promising times for the Three Lions.

Young Surrey batsman Ollie Pope has had a call-up to replace the out of sorts Dawid Malan, who could only muster 28 in this two innings at Edgbaston. Pope’s another 20-year old that England could be ready to blood. Surrey is at the top of the County Championship and Pope has been a big factor in that, averaging over 80, as he has reached 1,000 first-class runs in double quick time, 15 games.

If the selectors think he already has the poise to play Test Cricket then he could slot in at number four behind his captain Root.

Both India’s and England’s skippers are inspirational figures.  Kohli has been the best batter in the world, across all formats, for some time now. But Root isn’t far behind him and his captaincy in the First Test win won him rave reviews as he juggled his bowlers expertly to dismiss the tourists twice.

Still, Kohli must be a little frustrated, having scored virtually half of his team’s total runs in the first match in Birmingham. It isn’t as if he stands alone. Shikhar Darwan is a dangerous batter and looked in good nick early in both innings at Edgbaston but was out twice wafting his bat outside off stump and he needs to rectify that. If the selectors stick with him then he’s likely to open alongside India’s go-to new ballplayer Murali Vijay.

India may well stick with the same batting line up, but the selectors’ patience could be in danger of wearing thin.

Ravi Ashwin bowled with his usual guile at Edgbaston but Ishant Sharma was the pick of the bowlers taking five wickets in the second innings as India seemed destined for victory.


England won a well contested ODI series 2-1 and the England vs India odds for the test series suggested another win for the Three Lions, and so the first test victory was no real surprise.

That defeat means India has only won six test matches in England in 58 attempts, a lamentable statistic, and there is going to have to be a spectacular turnaround in their fortunes to win this series. The nature of defeat at Edgbaston will not have pleased the Indian selectors and fans one bit as skipper Kohli, with his 200 runs, scored only 14 fewer than the rest of his team put together.

What are the odds?

Joe Root played huge role to turn cricket betting odds in England's favour vs India

England captain Joe Root swings the bat during First Test game with India

The us odds suggest that the momentum is well and truly with England and the Three Lions are favourites to go two up at odds of 1.75, while India is 2.80 and the draw is at 4.00.

Draw no Bet is available at 1.60 for the hosts and 2.35 for India but on the evidence of a short First Test, I’d probably be braver than that.

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Root and Kohli Set to Battle it Out in Birmingham

1st Test: England vs India

They are arguably the best two batsmen in world cricket, and that takes some doing when you’re also leading your team, but skippers Joe Root and Virat Kohli have what it takes.

And this match is jam-packed with star quality.

The First Test at Edgbasten in this new set of England-India clashes promises to be a classic after the hosts won an entertaining ODI series 2-1. India have looked the best side in the five-day game for some time while England have slid down the rankings, but home advantage and an exciting young team gives the Three Lions every chance.

Talking Points

England vs India highlights packages are always full to the limit, and when you consider the array of stars on show, then it’s no wonder.

India are the best cricket test side in the world according to ICC rankings and, in the absence of the disgraced Aussie Steve Smith, skipper Virat Kohli is the best batsman. Joe Root is third rated batter in the world and in the bowling stakes James Anderson has returned to the summit of the rankings ahead of South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada.

Add into the mix cricket’s best spin pairing, Ravi Ashwin and Ravinder Jadeja, and another superstar in Kuldeep Yadav on the conveyor belt this game is sure to be a cracker.   These are the two best ODI sides on the planet so we can expect fireworks when the big hitters wind up.

Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes can keep the fans on their toes when they start to find their range, but even they can be overshadowed by an even more explosive batsman.

England selector Ed Smith recalled Lancashire’s Jos Buttler for the Test Series against Pakistan earlier this summer after a stunning run of form in the IPL, including a record over, scoring 28, and hitting a string of five consecutive half centuries. On his day he is the most destructive batter in the world, but he is always inventive and has recently shown he can get his head down in the five-day game.

The call-up of Adil Rashid is not without controversy after the Yorkshire spinner earlier this year turned his back on test cricket to concentrate on the white ball game. Smith has defended the decision in the face of criticism from former captain Michael Vaughan, while Dom Bess can feel unlucky to be left out. Meanwhile, young Essex pace bowler James Porter has made the squad for the first time.

India batter Rohit Sharma has been axed amidst doubts over his ability to thrive in England with a red ball and so more rests on the shoulders of Shikhar Darwan and skipper Virat Kohli. That isn’t without its concerns for the tourists; even though Kohli has been imperious over the last few years, he hasn’t been such a success in England. He averaged less than 14 in his last tour here back in 2014 and he has made it his mission to improve his team’s form away from their home.

They suffered a narrow defeat to South Africa which is an improvement, but they have only had four series away wins from the last 31. Kholi could turn to the promise of slow left armer Kuldeep who has already bamboozled England during the one day game, taking five wickets in the T20 before returning six for 25 in the ODI win at Trent Bridge.

Like his opposite number, Root has a problem to solve in his own batting form. He has made 28 fifties in his last 60 test innings, almost one in two which is a great statistic. Not so impressive though is his conversion rate, as he has turned only five of these innings into hundreds.

If Root and Kohli can solve their conundrums they will be near perfect batsmen!


England vs India betting odds see a close affair between these two cricket giants

England edged India in their ODI clash, 2-1, two weeks ago

Let’s take a look at the head to heads to help us unravel the England vs India betting odds.

India made their first appearance in test cricket against England back in 1932 and since then have won only six in England, while the hosts have won 30 from 57, with 21 ending in a draw.

India have won three series wins from 17 in England while the Three Lions have taken 13, with just one series drawn.

In white ball cricket England goes from strength to strength beating India with an emphatic batting display in the third match to take the series 2-1. Joe Root did convert on that occasion and it was his second successive hundred.

But Root’s team have lost ten of the last 30 home tests, with four coming in the last ten. That is food for thought for both skippers.

What are the odds?

Even so, the us odds still have England as favourites at 1.90, while India are at 2.70 and 3.50 the draw.

Draw no bet is 1.64 and 2.28, but if the long UK summer weather holds for another week, I can’t see a stalemate.

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Here’s the Decider You Can’t Miss!

3rd ODI: England vs India

The two best sides in 50-over cricket come head to head in Yorkshire on Tuesday in a winner-takes-all battle.

It could go either way in this pivotal clash, with the three-match series delicately balanced at 1-1 after England roared back from a defeat in Nottingham with a comfortable win at Lord’s.

Both teams have a keen eye on the 2019 World Cup, and England’s preparations so far this year have included series against fancied New Zealand and Australia. However, India are the pick of the bunch.

It’d be a brave man to dispense the us tips on this one, other than to say both teams have more than enough firepower to win it. But hey, England have the momentum and Headingley is generally a happy hunting ground for the hosts, particularly if we see some cloud.

Talking Points

This series was always going to be a very different prospect to the 5-0 annihilation of Australia, a side in transition and without key, banned players. In contrast, Virat Kohli has led a team to the summit of the test rankings and second to England in the one day game.

Online betting sites see the third ODI between England and India as a close battle

India’s Kuldeep Yadav celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Jonny Bairstow during their 2nd ODI clash

And England haven’t seen the likes of Kuldeep Yadav for many a year. The young left-arm wrist spinner has bamboozled the Three Lions’ batting line-up, taking six wickets to win the first ODI at Trent Bridge and another three in the second meeting at Lord’s, which isn’t the easiest place to turn a ball.

With that said, our England vs India predictions rest on whether we believe the Three Lions can cope with India’s lethal weapon.

The hosts have employed their famous Merlyn spin-bowling machine to try to imitate Kuldeep’s stock ball which turns in from the off. But even if they can master that, he has the googly which turns the other way, as well as a speedy flipper to add the element of surprise.

This lad has the lot and England need to work it out, as he may well be there to torment them in the upcoming test series.

Even though that’s the five day game, cricket pundits will be keeping a close watch on Kuldeep. In the long game, batsmen have the time to work a bowler out and are not under immediate pressure to score, so if the left-armer picks up wickets in that format, then we could have a superstar in the making.

England did learn enough from the opening ODI to come back fighting. Joe Root did the best job at Lords, posting a determined century to see his team through.

The test skipper has responded brilliantly to being left out of the T20 side, just as you’d expect with his barrow load of Yorkshire grit. His 113 was more than enough to see off the tourists as England won the second ODI by a healthy 86 runs.

One concern the England selectors have is the fitness of opening bat Jason Roy. He has formed a destructive opening partnership with Jonny Bairstow—scoring 40 in an opening stand of 69 at Lord’s—but is now sweating on a finger injury which could keep him out of this decider.

On a positive note, that could see T20 opener Jos Buttler join Bairstow at the top of the order and what a prospect that would be.

The world’s best batsman Kohli posted another 45 in the second game at Lord’s but was only one short of top scoring as England’s bowlers pressured India and shared the wickets. Paceman Liam Plunkett, who was the pick of the attack after claiming four victims, could be a key man again at Headingley.


These two countries have rich traditions in the game and a long relationship, dating back to the first meeting in 1932, in a test match at Lord’s which England won by 158 runs.

England won the first ever ODI between the two teams, back in 1974. However, in the 98 ODIs contested, India still hold a healthy advantage with 53 wins to England’s 40.

More recent history tells us how India have had the upper hand, winning the last two series, one in England and one at home, though these big hitters are pretty well matched.

What are the odds?

Best odds favour India against England and Virat Kohli is there to lead

India captain Virat Kohli hits a shot during the one day cricket match against England

This is such a finely balanced contest that we just can’t split the teams and both are available at 1.93 to win.

That represents a shift since the first ODI when the best One Day International odds you could get on England was around 1.78—showing just how Kuldeep’s magic has turned things in the tourists’ favour. He couldn’t have imagined having such dry wickets to work on in England, where the strips are usually greener.

But I hear there could be a few clouds in Leeds and maybe even a shower!



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1st ODI: England vs India is Clash of the Titans

1st ODI: England vs India

England and India meet in the opening ODI at Trent Bridge on Thursday as the best teams on the planet, and hot tips for the 2019 World Cup.

We’ll see some of the world’s best players in action in a game which is too close to call. The victors in this series will have a psychological advantage come next year.

England will arrive in confident mood, top of the ICC one day rankings and on the back of a 5-0 annihilation of the old enemy, Australia. But India is a formidable opponent and gave England a taste of what it can do in the T20 series, winning 2-1, a setback which prompted England skipper Eoin Morgan to chastise his team, urging them to do better in the 50 over contest.

The Nottingham crowd is sure to enjoy a blistering day’s cricket in the sunshine and you can join in the fun with the best odds and betting advice here at us.

It promises to be a cracker!

Talking Points

England will arrive at Trent Bridge full of determination, striving to keep hold of their top spot and desperate to avenge the T20 defeat while the wound heals.

And they have the weaponry to beat any side in the world, which they aim to prove against the ICC ranked the second side. Indian cricket fans know Jos Buttler very well as he hit a run of five consecutive fifties for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, which prompted a recall to the England test side where he continued his impressive run of form. On his day the Lancashire hit man can be the most devastating batsman in the world.

Add to that the form of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy and the return of Ben Stokes and we can expect the ball to be flying into the upper tiers of the stands at Trent Bridge. When fast bowler Liam Plunkett hits a ball it stays hit! And with Moeen Ali in the top five all-rounders in the world and Adil Rashid bowling well against Australia there is danger throughout the team.

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We haven’t forgotten test skipper Joe Root who was dropped from the England team for the T20 decider and that could be the spur he needs to rediscover his form in the ODIs. He’s been a key player in all forms of the game, carrying his side on numerous occasions; and he could be crucial in a game where England’s batting line-up will face better spinners than they are used to.

YS Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have often had the measure of the Lions’ batters in recent times and they are always likely to have a good total to bowl at with the wealth of batting talent their side possesses. The excellent Virat Kohli is the best ODI batsman in the world with the bang in form Rohit Sharma in 4th position in the ICC rankings.

Betting sites around the world will monitor this series closely to compile a comprehensive dossier in the run-up to the World Cup. Skipper Kohli also has Shikhar Darwan in his ranks and he’ll be a big threat to England’s bowling attack. And with the vastly experienced MS Dhoni capable of smashing all-comers out of the ground there could well be fireworks.

But Sharma could well be the man England fears the most on current form, winning the T20 series with a world-class hundred.


India has the upper hand at the moment, winning the last ODI series in England, in 2014, 3-1 while England won the test series by the same score. Joe Root top scored for England in both series, but couldn’t stop India winning the Trent Bridge ODI by six wickets.

I think this opener on the same ground will be a closer affair. The dry weather the UK has experienced for the last six weeks could help India’s spinners, though if we get a little cloud cover expected in Nottingham this week, England’s seamers could come to the fore.

More recently, England suffered a 4-0 drubbing in the Pataudi Trophy in India in 2016/7 and then lost the ODI series, 2-1 but left India with a vital five-run win in the third at Eden Gardens Kolkata, to give them belief that winning in Asia is possible.

Ben Stokes played a huge part with bat and ball as one of England’s men for the big occasion, and they will need to stand tall to rescue the momentum after the T20 series defeat, where Sharma and Kohli shared a quick 89 stand, the former finishing with his brilliant unbeaten century.

And the Three Lions will try to make some inroads into a head to head deficit they have in ODIs since 1974, India has won 52 of 96 meetings to England’s 39, with two matches tied and three with no result.

What are the odds?

England are backed to end this run of ODI defeats against India and is favourite to win the crucial opener at odds of 1.78 while India is at 2.01 to win.

Of all the teams well backed for a 2019 World Cup triumph surely England has the most firepower.  And it will be on show at Trent Bridge, making the home players favourites to smash the most sixes, at odds of 1.80, while India is 2.25 and the draw at 7.00.

The handicap betting offer for the most sixes has England at 1.81 with a -0.50 handicap and India at 2.05 with that +0.50 start.

 Both sides will want to make a fast start and the highest opening partnership is hard to call with each at 1.93.



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For the Auld Enemy, This Really is Cricket!

Scotland vs England

It’s a showpiece occasion!

The David v Goliath of cricket, set against the backdrop of the auld enemy rivalry.

Only difference being that Scotland haven’t been playing cricket at the top table long enough to have developed a proper relationship and rivalry with anyone, let alone the traditional, historical enemy south of the border which is always an integral part of clashes in the likes of rugby and football.

Talking points

It’s still Scotland v England for one and that’s a talking point in itself.

It’s a match that has been sold out for nearly three months, on saying that there’s only a 4,000 capacity anyway.

Even still, the country is widely excited for the moment at The Grange in Edinburgh when Kyle Coetzer leads out Scotland against their nearest countrymen.

England are big favourites and rightly so.

Indeed, the last time the teams met was in the 2015 World Cup.

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Moeen Ali is expected to help England in victory

On that occasion a Moeen Ali century helped England to a 119-run victory,

England will be without Chris Woakes, who has joined Ben Stokes on the injured list, yet his replacement is hardly a slouch.

Tom Curran has eight ODI caps and was part of the team which won England’s last series in New Zealand three months ago.

England have stormed to the top of the ODI table and Scotland know the formbook points to a victory for the established nation over their underdog hosts.

The Scots prepare to welcome the world’s 
No 1 ODI side ahead of two T20 internationals against Pakistan next week and for coach Grant Bradburn it’s all an important part of the bigger picture.

For Coetzer and his team know positive showings and results in fixtures such as this one can significantly help on their path to seek test status.

They also know the task facing their side, describing their opponents this week as ‘sensational’.Coetzer went onto pronounce them as the strongest side they’ve ever played.

Yet Scotland are making great strides all the time.

It’s a year since they recorded their first ever One Day International victory and remember they were only denied a place in next year’s World Cup by an agonising rain-affected defeat to the West Indies.

Off-spinner Tom Sole will miss the game because of a broken ankle, sustained during club duties but they will have in-form all-rounder Dylan Budge and former captain Preston Mommsen in their line-up.

So England should at least be wary.
England’s Joe Root knows their recent innings win over Pakistan does not mask recent failings and they can ill afford an embarrassing defeat and all the negative headlines it would create.


England won by 119 runs in the 2015 World Cup meeting between the nations in Christchurch.

A year earlier in Aberdeen, England had triumphed by 39 runs, while their inaugural one-day international meeting in Edinburgh in 2010 also saw the tourists triumph by seven wickets.

What are the odds?

It’s a simple choice for sports betting fans. Asian Handicap with us offers England 0.00 @ 1.08 compared to the Scots 0.00 @ at a very outside 5.54.

England have lost to underdogs before in ODI cricket, however.

Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.



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Now Pakistan’s Brave Young Guns are After More Blood!

2nd Test: England vs Pakistan

Pakistan head to Yorkshire on Friday with a chance to complete a stunning series wins in England after a devastating performance in the first test at Lords.

The tourists, under the command of wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, made a sensational start at the Headquarters, blowing England’s batting order away twice to win by nine wickets. Then Pakistan batted calmly and fielded superbly to complete their victory at a canter, giving England skipper Joe Root plenty to think about.

The bookies odds favoured England strongly at Lords, and still do for the upcoming decider at Headingly, where the top betting tips expect the Three Lions to lick their wounds and come out fighting.

Talking Points

There has been plenty of talk and gnashing of teeth in England’s ranks around the spineless way the hosts collapsed in the opening test, but there has been no knee-jerk reaction from the selectors. Opening batsman Keaton Jennings has been drafted in to replace Mark Stoneman in England’s only change to the losing team.

Jennings is in fine early season form, already scoring three tons for his new county, Lancashire, while Stoneman managed to muster only 13 runs in his two innings at Lords. So Jennings returns for his first appearance since last August, in a victory over South Africa. And it’s the 25-year-old’s steely concentration that is much needed at the top of England’s order; he scored an impressive century against India on debut in 2016.

England are still looking for an opening partner for Alastair Cook since the retirement of Andrew Strauss and this could be Jennings’ best chance to stake his claim.

With the exception of the hapless Stoneman and Dawid Malan, all England’s batsmen made a start at Lords. Root and Cook both scoring well and, to be fair to Malan, the Middlesex skipper deserves another chance after performing soundly on the difficult winter tour of Australia and New Zealand.

And the seventh wicket century partnership of Jos Buttler and debutant Dom Bess  was real cause for optimism. Both hit well-constructed fifties in a stand which saved England from total humiliation. But the hosts showed, in both innings, that they can throw in a batting collapse which could ultimately drive the Barmy Army insane. England lost five for 16 in the first inning and four for six in the second!

Pakistan's Mohammad Amir with how his side are the top betting tips favourites

Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir celebrates after England’s David Malan was out caught by Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed

England’s toils were also great credit to an inexperienced Pakistan attack, spearheaded by Mohammad Amir. They bowled a superb line and length, not trying to do anything too spectacular, and using the English conditions far better than their hosts. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Abbas took four wickets each in the first innings as England was skittled for a paltry 184 The lively Abbas made it eight for the match while Amir picked up four in the second innings. You would have had to scour the betting sites to get odds on such a comfortable win.

It was a disciplined and well-coordinated attack, something which the England bowlers need to learn from, and quickly. In contrast, England’s bowling was largely toothless, with the exception of a hostile spell from Ben Stokes in Pakistan’s first innings to take three wickets and injure Babar Azam with a brute of a delivery. Azam was going along nicely on 68 before retiring hurt.

At Lords, we saw all the failings that have seen England slide to fifth in the ICC test rankings with dropped catches to add to the woes of poor bowling and batting collapses. But there’s plenty for England fans to be hopeful about, with a middle order as destructive as any in the world. If Jonny Bairstow, Stokes and Buttler get firing then there will be an almighty explosion.

And Dom Bess can head to Yorkshire with his head held high. It was his batting in the first test which has given him the confidence to succeed despite ending the game wicketless. He needs to show that he can hold his place down as England’s first-choice spinner.


England's Dom Bess hopes he can cement his England place following a disappointing Test 1

England’s Dom Bess looks up after being clean bowled by Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir during the first test cricket match

It’s only two years since the two teams last met in the UK, and the Three Lions roared to draw the series against Pakistan after defeat at Lords in 2016.

The Three Lions haven’t lost a series at home in four years so defeat at Headingley is unthinkable, but Pakistan have the momentum and it will take a tough reply from Root and his team to stop them.

What are the Odds?

England has the talent for sure, and the smart betting advice must still be a win at Headingly to square the series.

Indeed, Asian Handicap has the hosts priced at 1.50 with Pakistan at 4.00 and the draw at 4.80.

Being highly fancied in both the One Day and T20 World Cups is worth noting of course – Asian Handicap has England 0.00 @ 1.28 with the tourists 0.00 @ 3.50.



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