Pakistan’s tour of England is entering a crucial phase, as the third test is all set to commence at Edgbaston tomorrow. Pakistan’s mercurial form could make England’s chances less bright, but it is certainly making the cricket betting odds brighter. 12bet has 5.25 for a Pakistan series win, 1.62 for an England series win and 3.50 for a series draw. England’s win in the last test means that a series draw is now a realistic outcome.
Both the teams are tied 1-1 in the four test series. The momentum is with England though. Can they sustain it?
The return of James Anderson and Ben Stokes has strengthened the team. They were not at the peak of their bowling form at Old Trafford in the second test. The lively and fast pitch at Edgbaston will be an ideal place for the duo’s return of form.
Spirited lower-order batting has been the hallmark of the England team during the last few matches. Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali are the main late-order warriors for the team. While Woakes has improved by leaps and bounds in bowling as well, Ali has retained his happy knack of picking up key wickets.
Another factor to consider about England for cricket betting is their top order batting. Alastair Cook and Joe Root are the war horses that draw the English batting chariot. Others like Jonny Bairstow and Gary Balance too can make useful contributions.
Overall, England looks a solid, all-round side, especially for the home conditions.
Pakistan is both a threat and an opportunity for those involved in online betting – threat because they can be utterly unpredictable, and opportunity because they often get you great cricket betting odds.
Pakistan will always depend on individual performances. Only Asad Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq have shined with the bat so far in the series. None of the others managed to post a substantial score. A lot was expected of their pace bowling, especially from Mohammad Amir. He has been the biggest flop show for Pakistan in England. Yasir Shaw troubled England at Lord’s with his spin variations. But the English batsmen handled him comfortably at Old Trafford in the second test.
If Pakistan are to win this match, they need their fast bowlers firing on all cylinders.
The most important stats for cricket betting on this match will be England’s record at Edgbaston. The last time England lost a test match here was in 2008, against South Africa. They defeated Pakistan, India and Australia at this venue over the last eight years.
England have faced Pakistan seven times at this ground, winning four and drawing three. Pakistan are still searching for their first test win at Edgbaston.
England have the advantage. No doubt about that. But Pakistan, being Pakistan, is neither out of the picture nor inside it. It is better to bet on individual performance in this match. Cook and Anderson had good memories of this ground. Cook scored a double hundred against India and Anderson registered a six-wicket haul against Australia in recent tests.
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