Published: 22.02.2017

India v Australia Betting Tips – 23rd February 2017

Cricket is a complicated game. It’s a unique challenge of technique, mentality and physical ability and test cricket is the most complicated form of the sport.

However, when it comes to teams travelling for a test series against India there really is only one main question that needs to be asked. How well can the tourists play against spin bowling?

This current Indian test side comprises world class players with a host of different skills and strengths but there’s no doubt that it’s their spin bowlers that set them apart, especially when playing at home on dusty surfaces designed specifically to maximise turn and create inconsistent bounce.

The combination of India’s world class spinners and the conditions of the test ground wickets is enough to give this current Australia team sleepless nights.

The Baggy Greens get their four match test series against India underway on Thursday in Pune. Steve Smith is always confident about his team’s ability to handle any pressure but the omens don’t look good for them.

In the series against South Africa, it became clear that India were content to play all of their home test cricket on pitches which produce a huge amount of spin. That won’t only boost India’s chances of winning, it’ll also lessen Australia’s chances.

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Australia certainly didn’t look comfortable against spin against Sri Lanka when they toured in July and August. The home side won each of their three tests by at least 100 runs as Australia failed to make it over 183 runs in four innings.

With all due respect to Sri Lanka, theirs was an inexperienced team with little of the quality of India. The home side do have injuries to Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Amit Mishra but there is no questioning the quality of the 16 players included in the squad for the first two tests.

At best odds of $1.70 with Unibet, there is only one betting option in the winner market for the first test – India.

In a team full of stars, Ravindra Jadeja has established himself as a key player for India with both bat and ball. The 28-year-old is most known for his left-arm spin bowling which can leave opposition batsmen flustered. However, he’s also an important part of India’s tail which can often be called upon to turn a poor batting performance into a positive one.

When the Australian batsmen put time in, in the nets, they’ll be primarily concerned with right-arm off-spinner Ravi Ashwin. The Baggy Green batsmen will be doing all they can to shut up shop against Ashwin which could open the door for Jadeja to take centre stage.

Jadeja already has a five-wicket haul to his name against Australia and could be about to repeat that trick in Pune. At $3.40 with Bet365, Jadeja looks like a very good value bet to be the top Indian bowler.

India to win a $1.70 with Unibet
Ravindra Jadeja to be the top Indian bowler at $3.40 with Bet365

It’s hard to imagine the Australian team are going to enjoy themselves in the first test in Pune. But, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. You can come out on top against the bookies even if the Baggy Greens don’t by visiting our homepage and taking your choice of our huge collection of free bets and enhanced odds offers.

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