Australia V India Cricket Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds
December 03, 2018
With the one-day and Twenty20 series out of the way, the real summer cricket action begins Thursday at Adelaide Oval with the First Test between Australia and India. The Indians have never won a test series in Australia from 11 attempts, but they go into this series as the top team in the ICC Test Rankings, while Australia are a lowly fifth.
Aussie Cricket Team Open as Favourites
Despite India’s superior form, the hosts go into the series with the historical record on their side. India have only won five of the 44 tests they’ve played in Australia. They have won once and lost seven times from a total of 11 tests in Adelaide. And they’re a different team away than they are at home, with their most recent series being a 4-1 loss in England in September.
Australia, for all its well-documented troubles, still rarely loses on home soil. The Australian cricket team has won eight and drawn once from its last nine home tests, with the most recent loss coming against South Africa in Hobart in November 2016. The Aussies have won six and drawn once from their last seven appearances in Adelaide, the last loss coming to England in 2010. Therefore, the Aussies are justified favourites, paying as high as 2.35 at Unibet.
Green Pitch Good News for Pace Bowlers
The pace bowlers from both sides will be pleased with Adelaide Oval curator Damien Hough’s promise not to cut the thick cover of grass. This test will be played during the day, but the green pitch will be similar to the one used during the previous three tests in Adelaide – all of which were day-night tests, and which lasted three, four, and five-and-a-bit days respectively. With this in mind, we like the odds of no player scoring a century – which Palmerbet are offering for a long 7.50.
Given the favourable conditions for fast bowlers, there are some attractive odds on offer in the wicket markets. Neds is offering these odds on Australian top wicket taker in the first innings: Mitchell Starc, 3.60, Josh Hazlewood, 3.75, and Pat Cummins, 4.25. Given the high likelihood one of these trio takes the most wickets, betting on each three would turn a profit. For the visitors, the world number one-ranked bowler Jasprit Bumrah is a surprisingly long 4.50 to take the most wickets in the first innings.
Starc Great Odds in Man of the Match Betting
Mitch Starc appears to have fully recovered from the tight hamstring that plagued him during the one-day series against South Africa, and he took 1-26 playing for an Australian XI in a T20 match against India at the SCG on November 25. He’ll come into the First Test fresh off a 10-day break, and given the favourable pitch conditions, it’s hard to look past him for player of the match. Neds has him at 10.00, behind only Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli at 7.00.