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Analysis and Preview of Cricket World Cup 2019 teams and Betting

This year’s Cricket World Cup, the 12th edition of this tournament, is scheduled between May 30 and July 14. The competition is held after every four years. Ideally, ten teams will compete with a total of 45 matches being played in England while the finals will be held at Lord’s ground.

It is confirmed that the 2019 world cup will use the round-robin format tournament where every team will face each of the nine only once. At the end of the qualification stage, the top four teams will proceed to knockouts in which the first team will play the fourth, and the second team plays the third one. Finally, the winners in the two matches will face each other in the world cup finals on 14th July. From the start of the tournament, betting companies such as bet365 with odds of 8.00 for South Africa, will offer live betting and competitive odds on their markets. If one is not able to watch television, Bet365 offers online streaming of live games. This, however, requires that one fund a sports account or places a bet in the past 24 hours. Also, England has been assigned odds of 3.75 by Unibet, making it a potential winner.

Qualifying teams to the Tournament

England

The team plays as the hosts and has been preparing for this tournament since the 2015 campaign disaster. Therefore, the team has the best chance to win since it last lost to Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup. In an interview with BBC sport, Morgan says they are prepared enough from the performances that the team has done at home in the past two years. The team playing on the home grounds is a plus, leave alone the captaincy of Morgan Eoin attacker as well as the best and aggressive all-rounders such as Stokes Ben. Currently, England may be predicted to go home with the trophy at odds of 17/20, having, of the last 16 series of ODI, won 12 of them.

West Indies:

The team for the 2019 tournament has shown substantial signs of revival in the past years. However, it is ODI series has not been best despite the dominance of players. It should be noted that early this year, the team won against England 2-1 at home as well as drawing 2-2 with it. Betters on this team may find betting odds of 5/2 necessary.

Afghanistan

Of late, Afghanistan’s ability to climb the international ladder is remarkable. The team also boasts of an impressive track record, most recently, in India, the team drew a series 2-2- on Ireland. Coupled with the rising superstars, and if the impact that Khan Rashid is the thing to go by, Afghanistan may surprise many in the tournament. A price of 30/1 may be put on the team.

India

India is considered having been the most dominant team of the ODI series on both away, and home grounds despite its 2-3 lose to Australia on home grounds. Of the previous 16 series, India backed home 13 of them. The team that features Dohni and Kohli is a threat and especially from the fact that Kohli has gone behind enemy lines in preparation for clash with England. The team is favorite in joint second and may back up the trophy with the odds of 11/10.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh has played well in the past two years since it has won 2-0 against West Indies and drawn against Sri Lanka and Australia at home. Also, in the year 218, it won against West Indies and Zimbabwe. Just like Afghanistan, Bangladesh best betting odds may stand at 30/1.

South Africa

South Africa has joined the tournament after winning 13 of the 17 series away and home. The team has however played in England two times. This means its players will have unfamiliar conditions to tackle for their first time. South Africa currently stands to win at 7/2 odds.

Sri Lanka

The team is a surprise winner for the 1995 World Cup. Sri Lanka’s team is ideally up to and down. It has won against South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, and Zimbabwe. The best odds bookmarkers have put on it is 16/1.

Pakistan

Since it last reached the World Cup finals in the year 1999, the team has lost and won ODI series equally. For instance, in the last 18 months, Pakistan has lost to New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia although they later won in 2017 in England, it is rated at odds of 4/1 in this year’s World Cup. Furthermore, the fact that one can go for the free spins as well as no deposit free bet bonus offers gamblers a better chance to win big.

It can be argued that since its 2015 win of the World Cup, its form in the 50-over match is worse except for the few past months when it won against India 3-2 and 5-0 against Pakistan. Currently, the team stands at 11/10 of the odds to win the tournament again.

New Zealand

To be sincere, the best team to watch in the current world cricket is New Zealand. The team plays an exciting way and with a genuine spirit of sporting. The team plays in the English-style of conditions although it has not played in England since the year 2015. Bookmarkers suggest a 15/4 odds on New Zealand, do not be surprised.

References

Cricket World Cup: England begin bid to win the tournament for the first time. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/48447694

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Preview. (2019, May 28). Retrieved from https://blog.betvictor.com/en-gb/sports/cricket/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-preview/

McCarthy, C. (2019, May 23). 2019 Cricket World Cup betting preview. Retrieved from https://www.pinnacle.com/en/betting-articles/More-Sports/cricket-world-cup-betting-preview/WWS2ET9ET3GXGTGW

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Big Bash League Early Favourites

The Big Bash League might still be four months away, but it’s never too early to check out where you can bet on the Big Bash League and see the early favourites.

With several players already having secured deals at new clubs for the upcoming season, excitement is at fever pitch for what is sure to be the most entertaining season yet.

Despite winning the competition last season, the Sydney Thunder are only second favourite to take out this year’s title.

The Thunder are paying $5.50 to win the tournament, while the Melbourne Stars are once again favourites, paying $5.00.

The Renegades and Perth Scorchers are equal third, at $6.00, while the Adelaide Striker are just behind at $6.50.

The Sydney Sixes ($7.00) and Hobart Hurricanes ($7.50) are sixth and seventh respectively, the Heat are being given no chance at the moment, at $10.00.

The Big Bash League is sure to be a huge hit once again, with last season breaking all sorts of incredible records.

The BBL now ranks inside the world’s top 10 most attended leagues.

BBL05 had an average crowd in 2015/16 of 28,498, coming in ninth in the world, which is an outstanding achievement for a relatively new competition.

The eight sports above the Big Bash League on the list are; the NFL (68,278) German Bundesliga (43,331), US College Football Division I FBL (43,288), English Premier League (36,464), AFL (33,428), Indian Premier League (31,750), Major League Baseball (30,517), La Liga (28,498).

Amazingly, Australia has two sports in the top ten, with the AFL having an average attendance of 33,428 per game.

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The stars of Australia’s new era

Australia’s resounding win over the West Indies in game one of the Frank Worrell Trophy has got many pundits tipping this team for big things in 2016.

Such was the verve and flair displayed by a young side who are stepping into some big shoes, there is now talk of the likes of Steven Smith and co. defying the doom-mongers who believe they are too inexperienced to compete with the very best.

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Bookmakers’ odds on Australia winning the second Test against the West Indies plummeted after their first test victory, with online betting sites like Bet365 offering just 1.08/1 at the time of writing on the Aussies to win, while the West Indies are priced at 26/1.

But who are the key men in the side that is following in the footsteps of Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ryan Harris, Brad Haddin, and Mitchell Johnson, all of whom recently retired? Let’s take a look.

Steven Smith

Given his stellar reputation on the world stage, it seems hard to believe that Steven Smith is still only 26 years old. Australia’s captain broke into the ICC’s Official Player Rankings for Test batsmen, and is currently ranked fourth behind Joe Root, AB de Villiers and Kane Williamson with a rating of 874. Smith’s average of 80 and high score of 215 not out have made him an indispensable asset to the side. Australia coach Darren Lehmann will hope he can shake off the knee and hip problems that have dogged him in time for the New Year’s action.

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England Return to Bopara to End Slide

To say that England are in poor ODI form heading into November’s series in Sri Lanka and the World Cup next February would be an understatement. This summer Alistair Cook’s men were comprehensively beaten first by Sri Lanka and then by India and they have not won an ODI series of more than three games against a test playing nation since beating Australia back in 2012. Having briefly reached the top of the ODI standings a couple of years back England have now dropped down to fifth and questions are being asked of the selectors and captain Cook. In an attempt to arrest England’s decline the selectors have turned to a familiar face, naming Essex’s Ravi Bopara in their 16-man squad for the tour to Sri Lanka, and he is confident that he can make a real difference ahead of the World Cup.

With England’s odds to win the tournament currently between 6/1 and 10/1 with the likes of Bet365, Sports Bet and 32Red Sports there is good value available for those who are willing to a gamble on Bopara hitting form and adding backbone to England’s batting line-up. Those punters that do get lucky on a world cup bet could consider transferring their winnings over to the online bookies’ casino sections to boost their account balance. Online bookmakers such as Bet365 and 32Red Sports also offer a casino section. 32Red Casino, for instance, make it easy for players to turn their cricket earnings into chips and new players can $10 in casino chips on a free, no-deposit sign-up. Other sites offer similar promotions so it’s worth shopping around to get the most out of your bet.

Bopara initially made a name for himself as both a test and ODI player, making his debut in both forms of the game back in 2007. In recent years, however, he has come to be seen as more of an ODI specialist and his three test centuries in 13 matches are easily overlooked. His promise as a limited overs player even saw him signed by the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL back in 2009 but his recent form has not attracted so much attention and he was ignored in the 2014 IPL auction.

Bopara last appeared for England in this summer’s series against Sri Lanka, playing in all five games of the 3-2 defeat before being dropped for the series against India. In dropping Bopara it became clear that the England selectors did not see a place for him in the team, opting to go with more specialist batsmen and bowlers than to stick with Bopara as a bowling all-rounder able to hold down one end with his military medium style. The decision to go with a fifth specialist bowler backfired on England, as they lost the India series 3-1, but Bopara holds no grudges; “It’s never nice seeing England lose,” he said. “A lot of my mates I’ve played with for a long time play in that side and I know how it feels because I’ve been on the end of it before. But we’ve got to put that behind us and work on the things we’ve spoken about – like playing spin,” he added, hinting at the England top order’s difficulty in getting to grips with the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and part-timer spinners Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu.

The biggest criticism for England’s recent performances was saved for their batsmen, with the team passing 250 just once in their four ODIs against India and with Joe Root notching England’s only century (113 in the fifth ODI at Headingley). Similarly to the test team earlier in the summer, captain Alistair Cook came under the microscope and his personal top score of 46 was not enough to stop the calls from pundits and former colleagues alike suggesting that he should stand down. Despite the series defeat against India, Cook is standing firm and will remain as captain for the World Cup. For his Essex colleague Bopara that can only be a good thing. “I think they’ve made the right call,” he said. “It’s difficult now to bring in someone new – it would have been a brave decision. But he’s got a lot of experience behind him and we’ve seen Cooky go through tough patches before and come through the other side,” the 108 ODI veteran added. As for Bopara himself, he will need to find some form with the bat, having made just one half century in his last 13 England ODI innings and averaged just 19.5 in the series against Sri Lanka.

The decision to bring Bopara back in to the fold so quickly after dropping him could be viewed in a number of ways. It could be viewed as a sign of weakness from the selectors and an example of them not having the courage of their convictions to stick with the new faces or it could, in a more positive light, be viewed as an acceptance that they got things wrong against India and that they are willing to lose face to put them right. Either way it will not take long to find out whether the decision to recall Bopara will give England the boost that they need, the first ODI against Sri Lanka takes place in Colombo on 26th November.

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