When it comes to cricket excitement, it doesn’t get any more nail-biting than England taking on India in the England v India Test Series meet that will last over 5 days, starting on 1st August 2018 at 11 am at Edgbaston.
England will go into this full of confidence, as this is where our team has the strongest and most successful record at any home ground. With its past successes and the convenience of the location, there will be plenty of support for the home team and the atmosphere is bound to be incredible. However, with such intense rivalries between the teams, the stakes will definitely be high.
A Birmingham Battle
India, ranked the number one Test side in the world, will be led by Virat Kohli. He brings with him a team that is chock full of talent and has heaps of charisma. The players will be determined to start its series in style and to ensure that they manage to keep their place as the top team. However, this won’t be easy, as England are always on top form at Edgbaston and they tend to have little success here against the English.
On the other hand, there’s England. We may not be world number one, but our Test record in Birmingham against all other opponents is fearsome – against India it’s unbelievable. If you look at the last six Tests played there against India, England have won five and drawn once.
Furthermore, this seems to be a place where our batsmen thrive. Even if go as far back to the ’70s, it’s here that David Lloyd struck his 214 not out in 1974; David Gower hit 200 not out in 1979 and Alistair Cook scored 294 in 2011. It’s fair to say that Birmingham has seen Indian bowlers suffer at the hands of the English batsmen. It’s definitely a place where the left-handers flourish!
A Good Place to Bat
Cook’s incredible performance was during the previous England v India’s Test series. Their visit to Birmingham and this saw England winning with its 5th biggest Test victory in history – by an incredible one innings and 242 runs. However, this serves to put pressure on Joe Root’s team, who will want to emulate the success – but will definitely have its work cut out. England and India both have a lot to win – and lose – in this Test, so it will surely be the most exciting to watch in a long while.
The odds on either of the teams winning really are quite even. It’s really a case of checking out the form of the teams and recent history of the players as well as making sure you get your cricket betting strategy completely right if you want to make money on this one. Whether or not you have your money on this exciting match, it’ll definitely go down to the wire. With so much at stake for everyone, it’s an edge of the seater.
England v India Test Series Statistics
With statistics being very important in the success of your cricket betting, let’s take a look at some of the most relevant numbers before the five-match Test-series begins:
Joe Root’s batting average against India: 103.6
Back in 2014, when India last toured England, Joe Root was the top leading scorer in the Test-series. He managed to hit an eye-popping 518 runs in 5 test matches, which gave him an impressive average of 103.6. This previous form could see the Indians panicking. On top of this, despite a bit of a failure in the first One Day International, he managed to hit two unbeaten hundreds in the last of the two matches, which saw England victorious. Root has also proved himself to be a match for India’s left-arm spinner, Kuldeep Yadav, which will inspire even more confidence.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s red-ball average for Yorkshire 2018: 14.33
India is looking a little shaky right now. This is even more obvious when you check out Pujara’s terrible form in Rd-ball cricket this year, for Yorkshire. I all the 6 County Championship matches he has played this year, he has managed just 172 runs. This sees his average at a very poor 14.33. This statistic should surely mean his spot at number three is at risk… and Lokesh Rahul is waiting in the wings for his spot.
Virat Kohli’s overseas batting average since their last tour of England: 58.5
It has to be said that Virat Kohli seems to be unable to conquer red-ball cricket in England. Beck in 2014 in the previous tour, his series was nothing short of a disaster. He managed to hit just 134 runs in ten innings and he was called a ‘flat-track bully’. However, since that series, he has managed to pull it back a bit and has managed to average 58.5 overseas. His highlight was in the tour of Australia, where he averaged 86.5; this was followed with a good tour in South Africa. He has a lot to prove in this tour of England to rid himself of the ‘flat-track bully’ title and assert his position as the best Test batsman in the world.
The sad decline of Moeen Ali’s bowling: 64.9 – 115
Moeen Ali used to be a hero… but seems to be losing his status quickly. In the previous tour in 2014, Ali ripped the Indian team apart with his off-spin. This top bowler managed to garner 19 wickets and had an average of just 23. However, things have changed. It seems lady luck has left him and he’s been cast out from England’s Test side.
In fact, in 2016, when England toured India, he only managed to get 10 wickets, which gave him a very mediocre average of just 64.9. It then gets even worse for Ali. In England’s performance against the Aussies in the Ashes, he was simply diabolical. He managed just 5 wickets that have him an awful average of 115. England has cast him aside for specialist spinners such as Dominic Bess and Jack Leach. However, who’s to say if they’ll give him another chance.
India’s unimpressive slip cordon off seamers: 46 vs 38
It’s well known that a catch can win a match. This was made abundantly clear to India back in 2014. The team won the Lord’s test and all the momentum was on their side when the went into the third Test at the Rose Bowl (Southampton). However, Ravindra Jadeja managed to drop Cook on 13. Cook then went on to make 95 which took the wind out of India’s sails. Their slip cordon has not got any better. India’s slip cordon has managed to drop 46 catches off-seam bowlers; they have managed to catch just 38. This is a huge concern for India.
Let The Games Begin
Well, with a not very impressive start from England, the odds have changed a little – let’s see how the lack of form from the home team has affected the prices…