Australia Vs India Cricket Four-test Series Betting Tips
The four-test series between Australia and India gets underway at Adelaide Oval on Thursday, and the Aussies will go in as favourites despite an inferior ICC test ranking. The visitors have only won five of 44 tests in Australia, and they’ve only won once in Adelaide from 11 attempts.
Aussies Open as betting Favourites
Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said Tuesday that the Aussies should be favourites for the Test series, saying that Australia are not at all vulnerable despite still being without the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner. He said that on a given day, any of the Aussies can score a century, and singled out Usman Khawaja for being “equally dangerous” as Smith and Warner.
Australia, for all its troubles in all three cricket formats this year in the absence of Smith and Warner, is still tough to beat at home. The Aussies have won eight tests and drawn once from their last nine at home, with the most recent loss coming against South Africa in Adelaide. They’re unbeaten in their last seven tests in Adelaide, winning six and drawing once since a loss to England in 2010. Therefore, it’s no surprise Neds has the Aussies 2.35 favourites to win the First Test.
Khawaja vs. Kohli the Battle to Watch
Australia’s opening pair won’t be known until the day of the match, with Khawaja, Aaron Finch, and Victorian debutant Marcus Harris all familiar with opening the batting. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting talked up Khawaja’s prospects ahead of the Adelaide test, and predicted him to outscore Indian betting maestro Virat Kohli. Ponting pointed out that Kohli struggles on greener pitches like Adelaide and Perth, and tipped Khawaja and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood to be the players of the series. Khawaja scored a ton in his first innings as a test opener, in Adelaide ins 2016.
If Ponting’s predictions prove correct, then punters can find some attractive betting markets for the Adelaide Test, including Palmerbet’s 7.50 for Khawaja to be the top scorer from both sides, and bet365’s 13.00 on Hazlewood for man of the match.