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Best Bookmakers For Betting Odds On Test Cricket

While Test Cricket may not be the most explosive format of the game, it remains an incredibly popular facet of cricket, which means there are no shortage of bookmakers that offer markets on it. However, this can make it very confusing to know which bookie to go with, as there are so many different odds and offers flying around. 

Not only does Bettingpro.com offer advice on what bets you should place on Test Cricket, we also offer advice on which bookmaker you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer.

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What is Test cricket?

There are currently a number of nations playing Test cricket across the world as one country will tour another looking to claim victory in the series. The Test match series can last anywhere between one and five matches and sees the two sides battle it out over five days. Both teams are given two innings to bat, consisting of 10 wickets each innings, while they then bowl at the opposition looking to get them all out for the lowest score possible. 

The current 12 sides that are full members of the ICC. South Africa, Zimbabwe, West Indies, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland make up the list with the sides regularly playing one another in different Test series.

The biggest Test cricket events

While every event in Test cricket is arguably very big, there are a number of series that standout on the calendar of the cricket-mad. The oldest rivalry in the sport sees England and Australia play one another in a five match Test series every two years as they battle for the 'Ashes', which is a replica of an urn that has the ashes of a wooden bail in it.

The Ashes

The oldest rivalry in the sport sees England and Australia play one another in a five match Test series every two years as they battle for the 'Ashes', which is a replica of an urn that has the ashes of a wooden bail in it.

The series showcases the very best of what England and Australia have to offer, with the two countries going all out to defeat the other. The two have been very closely matched in recent years after a period of Australian dominance. However, the 2005 series in England, in which the hosts won 3-1, was one that signalled something of a turning point, and caught the imagination of the nation as Andrew Flintoff and co put Test cricket on the map in the United Kingdom once again.

While the series are usually very closely fought in England, Australia have been dominant in their own back yard. Indeed, only a dogged performance nearing the end of the series saw England avoid a 5-0 whitewash as they drew the fourth Test to keep it to a 4-0 humiliation. 

Currently there are a glut of leading talents that turn out for the two sides, with Joe Root, Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes, James Anderson and Jonny Bairstow playing for England, while the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are superb for Australia. If a fledgling cricket fan is looking for the best players and the most heated of rivalries, they need look no further than the Ashes. 

Other Test Cricket

Of course, Test Cricket is not just played between England and Australia. There are a whole host of games across the year in cricket with teams touring other nations as they look to dominate the cricketing world. Historically, the most difficult places to go in cricket include England, where the ball swings due to the overcast conditions and grassy tops, Australia, where the wicket is dry and hard due to the weather meaning that fast bowling is most effective, and India, where the conditions are perfect for the ball to spin. 

While the crowds at Test Cricket has dwindled in recent years with the exception of in India, it still remains a very popular format of the game, and it offer a plethora of chances to bet on the action. 

Can I bet In-Play on Test Cricket?

Test Cricket is played across five days and, with so many balls in one day, there are so many opportunities to bet on the game, with odds changing with every single ball. Indeed, India could be overwhelming favourites to beat Afghanistan in the First Test, but if a few wickets tumble in the first 20 balls, their odds will drift massively. 

Test Cricket attracts a range of different punters with its massive array of markets. You may be the type of person that likes to look at the form of a team before placing a bet just before the match starts, hoping it pays out after the final day. You may also be a punter that can read a situation well and, if England are teetering at 75-2, you may feel that they will be bowled out for less than 150 runs. You could also favour placing a late bet on New Zealand turning their situation around on the final day of a Test match, starting at 150-4 looking to save the Test, you may see the merit in backing them to bat out the entirety of the day.

You can also put money on individual players in the game. Perhaps England's Joe Root is looking in particularly good form and backing him offers a lot of value, or you may want to put money on Sunil Narine of the West Indies taking a five-for. Betting on the highest opening partnership, 

Why should I bet on Test Crciket

Test Cricket may not be for everyone, but putting a bet on is a surefire way to keep even a cricket novice interested. Yo may have backed Virat Kohli to score a huge century with his side already 200 runs ahead and looking to amass an unassailable lead. 

If you know cricket, then there are countless ways to bet and potentially beat the bookmaker. You can do this before the game has stated, as the action is taking place, or in the dying moments of the game. 

What are the outcomes of a Test match?

There are three outcomes in a Test match: a win for one of the two teams, a draw, and an abandoned match. 

A win is secured when a side is able to outscore the opposition. For example, Team A could score 400 runs in their first innings before bowling Team B out for 250. Team A will then bat in their second innings, and if they score 300 runs, Team B will have to score 451 runs to win. If Team B are unable to to score the required runs, they lose and Team A wins.

A draw occurs when the scores are level at the end of the Test match. For example, Team A could score 350 runs in their first innings, and 185 in their second. Team B could then notch 315 runs in their first innings, and then 220 in their second innings, meaning the scores are tied and the game ends in a draw. 

An abandoned game occurs usually when their is excessive rain. In England, Test matches are often effected despite it being summer. As a Test is played over five days, the game has the chance to resume over the days where it is not raining. However, if the final day is lost to rain and no play is possible, then the game is abandoned regardless of the scores.

Test Cricket Match Betting Odds

Betting on Test Cricket and Cricket in general has never been easier with the mass array of market that are available to potentially make a profit on. 

Bettingpro offers Cricket betting tips for all manner of games from Twenty20 matches to Test Matches and, of course, the World Cup, and the following markets are prominent in our previews:

Match Winner

This market is the most straight-forward one in the game. If England are playing Pakistan in a Test Series, you can bet on either England to win the match, Pakistan to win the match, or for the match to end in a draw. If you are to back the result you think will happen, you will get better odds if you put money on, for example, England earlier. Whereas if money is put on with England 400/2 at the start of the second day, the odds will not be as attractive. Equally, you may be watching Pakistan teetering on 160/5 at Tea on the final day needing to bat out the final season to survive, which will then offer good value if you back a draw.

Man of the Match

In this market, you will look to back the player you think will be man of the match. Perhaps you have watched Joe Root hit five consecutive centuries on the County circuit, meaning he is in good form and a good bet to shine in the game, while you could also back Hashim Amla to emerge from a slump to dominate the match with the bat. The beauty of In-Play betting is that you can wait to see how your tip does in the opening few overs before placing your bet. While you may holding off on your bet for 20 minutes may only validate you gut feeling on Root, it may also saving you losing money on the batsman if he is skittled for a Golden Duck. 

To Win the Toss

This isn't really one that you can study the form book for, although some people are superstitious when it comes to certain captains trying to call the coin toss. As the market itself alludes to, this is as simple as calling which team will win the toss on the day. 

Highest First 15 Overs

This market is one that can often be very difficult to call due to the nature of the game. The first 15 overs consists of 90 balls, and this market lets you bet on which team will score the most runs in that time. However, backing South Africa to out-score Pakistan in the first 15 overs may be a good idea on paper, but if the Proteas lose three wickets inside the first five overs, they will then have to look and consolidating their position and re-building, which could see just 50 runs scored in that time.

Top Team Batsman

Here you will back which batsman from a certain team will top score, it is as simple as that. If New Zealand are playing India, but you are not sure whether New Zealand's Kane Williamson will outscore India's Virat Kohli, you can instead back Williamson to top score for New Zealand. This market may see the odds of your pick shorten, but it means he only has to outscore 10 other teammates, rather than 21 other players.

Top Batsman

So backing Buttler to top score for England in the game isn't quite offering good enough odds for you? Well, you can invariably see those odds stretch by backing him to be the top scorer on either side. This market brings added risk as if Buttler top scores with 20 as England collapse to 95 all out, then you could see the opposition's openers easily cruise past his score to the win.

Highest Opening Partnership

Here, you will back the opening batsman that you think will score the most runs for either side. You may feel that Pakistan's openers have the edge over Sri Lanka's and you would therefore back their openers to outscore their counterparts. 

First Wicket Method 

This is a market in which you need some real knowledge, and a lot of luck! The available options for how the first wickets will fall are caught, bowled, LBW (Leg Before Wicket), run out, stumped and others. With so many options you are best to do some research on the bowlers for the side you are backing. For example, you may feel that Stuart Broad will get a lot of joy when it comes to swinging the ball away from the batsman, therefore, backing the first wicket to fall as 'caught' would make sense. Although, sometimes batsmen can have moments of utter madness, with a lack of communication seeing them run out, which means all of your careful research was for nought. That's where the element of luck comes in. 

Total 6's

This is a market I would say is best utilised in the  limited overs format of cricket. You simply bet on how may 6's will be scored in the game. You will usually be given an option such as 'under 7.5' or 'over 7.5' so, simply put, you bet on whether you think there will be more or less that 7.5 6's.

ICC Test Cricket Rankings

PositionTeam Points 
1India 125
2South Africa 106
3Australia 106
4New Zealand102
5England97
6Sri Lanka 97
7Pakistan88
8West Indies77
9Bangladesh67
10Zimbabwe 2

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