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Australia vs India 1st Test betting tips: Kohli to put the Aussies to the sword

Ben Darvill 4 Dec 2018
  • Australia vs India is scheduled to start at 00:00 GMT on Thursday, December 6th, with the fifth and final day on the 10th. 

Australia vs India 1st Test Match Betting Tips And Predictions. Virat Koli leads his India side into a Test series against Australia this week with the tourists looking to compound one of the worst Test years in recent memory for the Aussies. 

Australia vs India 1st Test Match Predictions 

Australia vs India 1st Test Match Betting Tips 

Australia have been struggling massively in the Test arena of late as they are still looking for the players to replace David Warner and Steve Smith, who were two of crickets best players, let alone Australia’s best. Australia’s last Test series saw the side fall to a 1-0 series defeat at the hands of Pakistan. The first Test was a hard fourth one, with Pakistan posting scores of 482 and 181/6 declared, with the Aussies replying with 202 and 362/8 in a drawn match. However, they were then easily beaten in the second Test, with Pakistan amassing 282 and 400/9, before bowling their opponents out for 145 and 164/9, which saw Pakistan win by a massive 373 runs. 

Since then, Australia have played in a number of limited overs matches, beating the United Arab Emirates, but they have lost series against South Africa in both One Day internationals and Twenty20’s, while they could only draw 1-1 with India in their ODI series.  Clearly, things have not been all well in Australian cricket this year, and they will be very happy to see the turn of a new year.

Opponents India are looking to continue a very impressive run of series results as they take on the Aussies in the Tests. Prior to this series, India easily beat the West Indies 3-0 in their T20’s, 3-1 in the ODI’s, and 1-0 in the Test series, while they also won the Asia Cup, by beating out the likes of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. 

India’s recent run of form is made all the more impressive by the fact they were beaten 4-1 by England in their five-match Test series, with Virat Kohli’s men bouncing back in fine fashion.

As far as the betting goes, neither side is odds-on at the moment. Being the hosts, Australia would usually be the favourites, but such has been their form of the last year that their home stadiums have been anything but the fortresses they once were. India on the other hand are the world’s number one ranked Test side, and no matter where they go to play their cricket, they will always have a chance of winning. Their recent loss to England will have some bearing on their odds being slightly longer, but England are a fantastic team, while they are lethal on their own patch. Australia on the other hand have looked awful recently, and we fancy India to inflict another loss on them.

It should also be taken into account that the heat in Australia makes the pitches far better for fast bowling, something that India utilised to fantastic effect against England in the summer, with the side likely targeting more of the same this month as they look to give their batsmen as much help as possible. 

In the betting on batsmen and bowlers, there is only one man to back when India are playing, and that is Virat Kohli. Kohli is the best batsman in the world, shown by the Indian captain sitting at the top of the rankings, which is backed up by some outrageous stats. Kohli is the leading run scorer for 2018 with 1063 runs at an average of 59.05. He is over 100 runs clear of Joe Root in second, while his average is far better than any batsman remotely close to how many runs he has scored, making him the man we recommended when backing a player to top score. 

Australia vs India 1st Test Match Betting odds:

Australia to win: 13/10 @ Unibet 
India to win: 11/8 @ Coral
Draw: 9/2 @ Coral

Australia recent Test Results:

L - Pakistan (282 & 400/9) beat Australia (145 & 164/9) by 373.

D - Pakistan (482 & 181/6 declared) drew with Australia (202 & 362/8).

L - South Africa (488 & 344/6 declared) beat Australia (221 & 119) by 492 runs. 

L - South Africa (311 & 373) beat Australia (255 & 107) by 322 runs.

L - South Africa (382 & 102/4) beat Australia (243 & 239) by six wickets. 

India Recent Test Results:

W - India (367 & 75/0) beat West Indies (311 & 127) by 10 wickets.

W - India (649/9) beat West Indies (181 & 196) by an innings and 272 runs.

L - England (332 & 423/8) beat India (292 & 345) by 118 runs.

L - England (246 & 271) beat India (273 & 184) by 60 runs.

W - India (329 & 352/7) beat England (161 & 317) by 203 runs. 

Australia vs India 1st Test Match Predictions 

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