Australia v India: Cricket Spread Betting

Australia v India Test Series Preview: Will Virat Kohli & co Apply Further Misery on Australia?

Cricketing heavyweights Australia and India will begin an eagerly anticipated four-Test series when they lock horns at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday, 6 December. India are bidding to win a first ever Test series Down Under, having failed on 11 previous attempts. They are the world’s top ranked Test side, but they have struggled on the road of late and were below average in England during the summer. Yet Australia are in crisis mode right now as they struggle to form an identity in the wake of this year’s ball tampering scandal, so it promises to be an intriguing, delicately balanced series.

There is little to separate the teams in the betting. For the first Test, the Australia v India spread betting has the hosts at 11.75 – 13.25 in the Win Index, while Virat Kohli’s men are 10.75 – 12.25, a reflection of how evenly matched these teams are right now. India are strong on paper, but they have an abysmal record in Australia, having won just five of their 44 Tests there. Meanwhile, Australia have lost eight of their last nine series in all formats, the country’s cricket board has been ripped apart and nobody can agree on how to take the team forward.

Australia struggle for an identity

Back in March, life was looking pretty rosy for Australia’s Test team. They were surging with confidence after thrashing England in the Ashes, and they went to South Africa to play a series of four Test matches. Cameron Bancroft was seen tampering with the ball on the third day of the third Test, and everything unravelled in spectacular fashion. Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain Dave Warner admitted they knew all about it, there were tears in a damning press conference, the Australian prime minister got involved and the team was in turmoil. Smith, Warner and Bancroft are still banned, and nobody knows quite how to turn things around after a miserable spell of form.

Many believe the culture of aggression and winning at all costs has to change, while coach Justin Langer is trying to introduce a new team philosophy he calls “elite honesty”. The team’s leaders have released a pact pledging to make all Australians proud of the side, but the likes of Shane Warne met that with scorn. While former captain Michael Clarke said Australia will win nothing by being nice.

It is fair to say that Australia are going through an identity crisis. Yet they still possess the raw talent to overwhelm the Indians in this series, thanks to the pacey attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. Ultimately it will be down to their batsmen to carry them to victory and the onus will be on the likes of Mitchell Marsh and Usman Khawaja to deliver in the absence of big hitters like Smith and Warner.

Virat Kohli bidding to cement legendary status

They will be up against arguably the most formidable batting line-up in the world. Kohli is currently number one in the ICC world rankings, ahead of the suspended Smith and Kane Williamson, while teammate Cheteshwar Pujara is seventh in the list. Kohli has been magnificent with the bat in red ball cricket, hitting 1,063 runs in 10 Tests with an average of 59.05.

The India captain has four centuries to his name this year, and he will be the team’s leading light in this series. He has the experience to cause Australia problems and the side will look to him for inspiration. Pujara has often come good in Test matches overseas, scoring 1,688 runs with an average of 35.91, so he too will be crucial in taking the fight to the hosts.

Spread betting on Player Runs

The Player Runs Markets is sure to be popular ahead of this series, it is a great way to boost the excitement you experience when watching every single minute of the action. It allows you to either bet with or against a player during the course of the series, depending on whether you think he will thrive or not. If you think a batsman will perform better than our traders predict, you buy at the higher level, but if you believe he will struggle you can sell at the lower value.

In this series, we predict that Khawaja will score 260-270 runs. If you think he will struggle to reach that target, you sell at 260, but if you think he will exceed it you can buy at 270. If you buy for £2 at 270 and he hits scores of 44, 57, 23, 89, 108, and 52, totalling 373 for the series, you would make a profit of £206 (373 total player runs – 270 buy price = 103) and (103 x £2 staked = £206). However, if he only manages 250 runs, you would be 20 under the buy price and would lose £40.

If you sell at 260 for £2 and he only manages 200 runs, you would make a £120 profit (260 sell price – 200 total player runs = 60) and (60 x £2 staked = £120), but if he ended up with 285 runs you would lose £50.

This is a really exhilarating bet because it gives you an interest in every single match. You do not need to specify who will triumph in the series, which makes it a great option, especially with Australia & India looking so evenly matched.

Will India's batting line up wreak havoc Down Under? Check out all the latest markets, including the Player Runs Market on the Australia v India Spread Betting page.

Please note: Spread Betting involves risk. Losses may exceed deposits.

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