Australia Vs India Cricket Test 2 Predictions & Betting Tips

Published: 12.12.2018

Australia and India are in uncharted territory ahead of the Second Test in Perth on Friday, with the visitors betting favourites on Aussie soil for the first time ever. India’s nail-biting First Test victory was just their sixth win from 45 tests in Australia, and gave them the lead in a test series in Australia for the first time ever.

Aussies Good as Cricket Betting Underdogs

 You can count on one hand the amount of times the Australian cricket team have been underdogs on home soil in the past three decades. The good news is when the hosts have their backs against the wall they tend to win, as they did in the first test against England in 2013 and 2017.

Perth’s Optus Stadium will provide a “really fast” pitch, in the words of Australian captain Tim Paine, with the conditions virtually guaranteeing a result. A lot hinges on who wins the coin toss. If it’s the Aussies, then Neds offer of 2.25 on an Australian win will suddenly look attractive. Unibet has odds on when the match will finish. We like the chances of a result on day four, with the third session a good bet at 5.00.

Few Changes Expected for Perth Test

 India are expected to go in with an unchanged XI, and Australia may well go in with the same line-up assuming Paine gets over a finger injury. Former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting says the home team should go in unchanged, while bowling legend Shane Warne wants all-rounder Marcus Stoinis in for struggling batsman Peter Handscomb.

However the teams line up, the match will be decided by the battle between the respective teams’ pace bowlers and top-order batsmen. Spinner Nathan Lyon took six wickets in the second innings in Adelaide, but it will be up to Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins to do the work in Perth. At Palmerbet, Starc is paying 9.00 and Hazlewood 12.00 for man of the match. Unibet is offering 2.55 for Cummins to take more first innings wickets than Lyon or Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.