Cricket Betting in Australia
Passion for cricket runs as deep in Australia as any other country in the world. As well as loving to watch the sport, Australian cricket fans love betting on cricket. Fortunately, the best bookies offer punters a great amount of choice when it come to their cricket betting.
Major Cricket Tournaments in Australia
International cricket makes the biggest headlines but the domestic cricket scene in Australia is in rude health. The domestic game is broadly divided between the traditional formats of the game and the new, exciting formats.
The six Australian states have been competing for the Sheffield Shield – the four-day, first-class Australian cricket competition – since 1892. The tournament is still going strong and is supplemented by the one-day competition, the Matador Cup.
Recent years have seen the advent of T20 cricket. Fans have really taken to the fast pace and big hitting and in the Big Bash League, Australia hosts one of the biggest T20 tournaments of all. A combination of domestic and international stars wow the fans and the BBL has the ninth highest average attendance of any sports league in the world.
Before making it to first-class level, stars of Australian cricket tend to work their way up through Grade Cricket. There are Grade cricket competitions in each state, providing a potential route for local players to reach the top of the sport.
Australia has always been one of the world’s top cricket playing nations and the national side – known as the Baggy Greens after their distinctive hats – have topped the world rankings numerous times in Test and one-day cricket.
Every four years, the biggest Test series in cricket, the Ashes, is held in Australia. When England tour the country the interest in Ashes betting is especially keen. In terms of one-day cricket, Australia has twice co-hosted the 50 over World Cup with New Zealand and will host the T20 World Cup in 2020.
Cricket Betting Tips
Cricket is a unique sport so those of you who are serious about profiting from your bets should follow these cricket tips.
As well as the strengths and weaknesses of the teams competing, you must take the pitch into account. Wickets can be fast or slow, hard or soft, bare or lush, fresh or worn, smooth or dusty. Research the differences and work out which team the pitch will favour before having a bet.
You should also pay very close attention to the weather. Different conditions will favour different types of cricket and will have a major impact on the ability of batsmen to score runs and bowlers to take wickets so check that forecast!
Both the pitch and the weather will have an impact on the other important factor – time. One-day cricket is limited to a set number of overs which promotes more aggressive cricket and tends to produce fewer draws. Test match cricket is all about time though and draws a commonplace after five days, especially if inclement weather stops play at any point.
Popular Cricket Bets and Markets
As with other team sports, the most popular cricket betting market is Match Odds. It’s as simple as betting on which team you think will win any given match or if you think it will end in a draw.
There are also player specific markets as in other sports. You can bet on how many runs a batsman (or batting partnership) will score, how many wickets a bowler will take or who will be the highest runscorer/wicket taker for their team.
Then there’s the cricket specialist bets. You can bet on the number of fours or sixes, the method of the next dismissal, how many runs will be scored before the next wicket, whether or not a century will be scored and, for Test matches, in which session the match will be decided.
Recommended Bookies for Cricket Betting
With so much choice out there for cricket fans, it is vital to choose a bookie that offers a wide choice of markets and competitive value.
The Bet365 cricket betting options are up there with the best in the world. As you’d expect from such a huge bookie, they have a large variety of markets across a great selection of competitions and offer live streaming of many events.
Ladbrokes are another massive betting company who offer a similarly comprehensive selection of markets to their customers. Ladbrokes’ odds are also extremely competitive which is another big plus.
As an Australian company, Sportsbet understands the strength of feeling that Aussie fans have towards cricket. The Sportsbet cricket offering includes as many markets as any of their competitors but they also have a great selection of special bets and offers.