Australia Vs India Cricket Test IV Predictions & Betting Tips
Let’s be honest: last year was a disaster for the Australian cricket team. On Thursday, the Aussies get a chance to start off 2019 on a positive note when they host India in the fourth and final test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Only Way is Up for Aussie Cricket
Australia won three tests, lost six, and drew one in 2018, the national team’s worst performance in a calendar year since 1988. The big loss to India in the Boxing Day Test gave the tourists a 2-1 series lead. More significantly, it meant India retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy on Australian soil for the first time.
Things were doomed for Australia from the moment Steven Smith and David Warner involved themselves in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, leading to both players receiving 12-month bans. After the Boxing Day Test, Aussie captain Tim Paine openly admitted that his team needed both mean back in the team.
India have only won once at the SCG, in 1978. Can the Aussies cause an upset in the fourth test? Neds is paying 2.40 for an Australian win.
Australia-India Betting Tips
All three previous tests in this series were played on bowler-friendly wickets that ensured decisive results. Interestingly, each match lasted five days, with India winning in the second session in Adelaide and Melbourne and the Aussies wrapping things up before lunch in Perth. The SCG is a spin-friendly wicket, and PointsBet is offering 2.08 for the Aussies to win on day five (or 1.76 for India on day five).
Speaking of spinners, bet365 is paying 3.50 for Nathan Lyon to be the top Aussie wicket taker in the first innings. Mitch Starc is also 3.50 and Pat Cummins 3.75. The Indians look likely to back in their pace bowlers in Sydney. Jasprit Bumrah leads the betting for top Indian wicket taker, at 2.75.
Two players are well ahead in Unibet’s man of the match betting: Virat Kohli, 8.00, and Nathan Lyon, 8.50.