England Test squad for South Africa tour

ECB (England Cricket Board) have announced squad for the four-match Test series to be played against South Africa, starting from a boxing day game in Centurion.

It will be a crucial series for both sides to gain some points and improve their ranking in the ICC Test championship.

Earlier, this year, England couldn’t win Ashes against Australia in their own home soil followed by their two-match Test series defeat by 1-0 against New Zealand.

England have only made one change to the squad that lost the Test series to New Zealand with Saqib Mahmood replacing Jimmy Anderson, who sustained a calf injury during the Ashes in August.

Jonny Bairstow makes his way back into the longer format as a proper backup for Jos Buttler in the upcoming Test series.

England Test squad: Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope (wk), Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

08 December, 2019

Uncommon Cricket Betting Ideas

Betting is a thrilling sport in its own right. Instead of showing physical prowess, people showcase their armchair managerial knowledge tactical prowess to determine who will come out on top. However, betting on cricket doesn’t have to be limited to just the team winner or loser. There are several other betting ideas where you can use your skills and turn a profit. 


Here are some uncommon ideas to test your luck:

1. Betting Draw

Beyond victory or loss of either team, a third result exists in test matches, i.e. match draw. Usual cricket enthusiasts are not fond of a match that ends in a draw, but it could be a great option to bet upon. Laying the draw has an unusual perk – the ignorance of bookkeepers. Test cricket has formed a reputation of having as many draws as wins/losses; however, the reality is far from it. Over the decades, the rate of a drawn test match has steadily declined. While it once used to be around 45% in the 1980s, it fell below 30% in the current decade. In the year 2018, a mere 21% of the matches ended in a draw. Thus, you have the opportunity of leveraging the wrong pricing of a draw by the bookkeeper.

2. Cricket Betting on Top Player – Team

Another unconventional method of Cricket Betting is placing bets on the top player of a team. In this method, you don’t have to worry about the performance of the whole team. All you need is to guess the player who would make the most runs in that team.

However, one must remember that bookkeepers have their list of ‘favourite’ players – famous players who are known to be the hard-hitters. Such players would get low odds and thus a low opportunity for you to make profits. On the other hand, lesser-known players get higher odds. If they shine, they can shine your fortunes too. For instance, in the current India Vs Bangladesh Test match, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli were the obvious ‘favourites’. However, both of them failed to score, while Mayank Agarwal emerged as the biggest run-maker. People who placed bets on Agarwal made a fortune.

3. Betting on Top Player – Match

This is similar to the previous method, except that you now need to guess the best player from BOTH the teams. This might seem like a daunting task, but it is fairly easy if you know the tricks. To begin with, there are NOT 22 players to choose from. Players that bat below Number 6 has almost no chance of becoming the top player – so that leaves only 12 players. Among these, one can always look at their previous performances to see which players are in the best form right now. In certain matches, one team is much better than the other (for instance, an Australia Vs Zimbabwe). There, even though you are betting on the best player in the match, you are really only betting on the players from one team.

4. Betting on Run

This strategy, which can be used in many ways, is a little-known trick of experienced players. One way of using this method is by guessing the runs that would be made in a match. However, you don’t have to guess the exact runs to be made; all you need to do is say whether the final score would be Under or Over a certain number. It might sound random, but you can research the factors (like if the field supports batsmen or bowlers, if it rained recently, if the team has multiple batsmen in form, etc.) to guess whether a team would be able to reach a certain score or not.

Another way of using the strategy is by betting whether there would be a fifty/hundred scored in a match. The strategy generally draws low odds in Test matches, where it is relatively easy to score a century. However, in T20 matches, where centuries are a rarity, such bets can get you amazing odds.

Now that you know these unusual cricket betting ideas, it is time to try out something bold and fresh.
18 November, 2019
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BBL 09: Sydney Sixers re-sign Steve Smith

The Sydney Sixers have announced the signing of the Australian star batsman Steve Smith for this summer’s Big Bash League, with the 30-year-old is expected to be available for the latter stages of the forthcoming season of Big Bash League.

Smith was a part of the Sydney-based outfit that won the inaugural cup back in 2011-12.

The world's No.1 Test batter has played 26 games for the Sixers. He said, “I am excited about getting an opportunity to play for the Sydney Sixers again.”

“When the schedule came out and I saw there was a chance to wear the Magenta again I jumped at the opportunity and look forward to joining up with the team after my January national team commitments have ended,” the right-handed batsman added.
The Sydney Sixers kick off their BBL campaign on December 18 against Perth Scorchers at the SCG.

Smith's first game is more likely to be against the Melbourne Stars at the SCG on January 20. 

England suffer injury blow as Joe Denly is ruled out of five-match T20I series against New Zealand


England batsman Joe Denly has been ruled out of the rest of England's five-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand after damaging a ligament in his ankle during practice on Thursday.

The England management have not summoned a replacement for the 33-year-old Kent batsman, who sustained ligament damage to his right ankle during the practice session.

With that said, Denly missed the opening match on Friday, which England won by seven wickets. The next match is to be played in Wellington on Sunday at 01:00 GMT.
However, the top-order batsman has not yet been sidelined of the Test leg of the tour, which begins at Mount Maunganui on Thursday, 21 November.
03 November, 2019

BBL 09: Sydney Sixers re-sign James Vince

Sydney Sixers have resigned England batsman James Vince for the forthcoming 9th edition of the Australian domestic Big Bash League (BBL).

The 28-year-old Hampshire skipper played the second half of the eighth edition of BBL last summer as a replacement for compatriot Joe Denly and ever since he was exceptionally well for the franchise and impressed everyone there.

Vince has represented The Three Lions in all formats of the game, he was part of England’s World Cup-winning squad, playing his last ODI fixture against Australia at Lord’s in July.

The 9th edition of BBL will commence from December 17 and Sixers will begin their campaign against Perth Scorchers on December 18.

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