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Cricket Betting Advice

Different Cricket Disciplines


Twenty20 cricket was first professionally played in England in 2003 and since then it has become a huge phenomenon and a form of the game that attracts plenty of bets due to the convenient start times of games and short incident packed matches. The games last around 3 hours and in running betting can be frenetic.

One Day Internationals

One Day Internationals (ODIs) are the most common form of international cricket and international cricket is always a form of the game that attracts plenty of money, much of which is patriotic bets.

Test Cricket

Test Cricket is the long form of the game and takes place over a number of days. Although slower paced than other forms of the game, the fact that teams are competing in a series of matches means there are more long term markets available such as series winner and series correct score and those who like to bet in running but find Twenty20 cricket too quick for them can find an ideal form of the game with test cricket.

Match Betting Markets

Match Betting

Match betting in cricket works in the same way as other sports, it is a bet on the outcome of the match. If your match bet is a winner you will be paid at the odds when you struck your bet.

Top Team Batsman

This bet is usually separated by the teams and to pick the winning outcome you must pick the top scoring batsman for one of the teams, or both if you wish to place two bets. This is normally a pretty competitive market, reflecting the chances of picking the winning outcome.

Man of the Match

A fairly self explanatory bet, this is on the official man of the match and since both teams’ players are included in this bet you can expect bigger odds than you would have received betting on the top team batsman.

Highest Opening Partnership

An interesting bet which requires the punter to predict which team’s opening partnership will score the most runs in a match. The draw is pretty unlikely in this bet and the odds usually reflect the match odds for both sides.

Test Betting Markets

Series Winner Betting

This bet is similar to the match betting except this time the bet is on the outcome of the entire series instead of just one match.

Series Correct Score

A popular bet across a test series, this is a bet on the final test score after all the tests have been played. Since it offers an interest across all tests it can offer great entertainment at competitive odds throughout the series.

Top Team Batsman

This is very similar to the bet of the same name for each match except the bet is settled based on cumulative scores from each batsman after all test matches have been played in the series. Another bet that can give an interest in several test matches at competitive odds.

Top Team Bowler

The same principles apply to this bet as the top team batsman for the series, this bet is settled based on the cumulative wickets gained from each bowler throughout the series.

Series Handicap

This is a bet on the winner of the series taking into account the handicap set by the bookmakers before the series begins. One of the teams is given a head start and one is given a handicap and when that handicap is applied to the end result there will be just one winner in this market, just like in the series winner betting, although the outcome will often differ from the match result because of the handicap. This bet can often offer better value than the series winner betting and is always worth checking out if you are considering a bet on the series winner.

In Running

Betting School ImageIn running betting on cricket is always popular, one reason being that cricket is a slower game than many other sports allowing in running punters to think more about their bets. The different forms of the game allow in running punters to find a game that suits the pace of their in running style, those more familiar with in running betting may prefer to bet on Twenty20 cricket whilst punters who are newer to in running betting on cricket might wish to get to grips with this through betting on ODIs and tests.

Most of the pre match markets are available in running on the bigger cricket events and there are also in running specific markets available such as ‘next man out’ and ‘the method of next dismissal’. Although cricket can be a slower sport than others the odds swings during the game can be huge and as usual is it recommended that those who are new to in running betting on any sport should paper trade for a while before feeling comfortable and betting with real money.

Important Considerations When Betting On Cricket


Everything that happens in cricket is a statistic meaning cricket punters often have more information at their disposal than people who bet other sports. Do your research, check all the stats you can and draw your own conclusions from those stats to find the best bets in each market on each match. Then only back the bets you have found that you deem to offer the best value.


Always keep an eye on the weather if you are betting on a cricket match. Bad weather means no play in most cases and this can have a huge impact on which way the game goes. Even the different weather types during which cricket can still be played take their toll on a match with sunny conditions often favouring the batsman and overcast conditions more likely to favour bowlers.

Different Disciplines Equal Different Results

With so many forms of the game these days it is important to differentiate between each discipline. Some teams may be having a great run at Twenty20 cricket but will struggle in test matches whilst other teams may be doing really well when it comes to ODIs but their form may be poor at the Twenty20 game. Some teams will have pretty similar form whatever the form of cricket they are playing and knowing which game suits which team is key to picking the best bets, never assume form from one discipline will translate to another.

Know Your Terms And Conditions

Different bookmakers and exchanges can have different rules when it comes to settling cricket bets. Most will be the same across the board but some markets, especially those more susceptible to ties, can have different settlement terms and conditions and before placing any bets it is worth making yourself aware of these with the bookmaker you are choosing so that there are no nasty surprises.

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  • monkeytennis

    What is the best form of the game to bet on and why? Should cricket punters stick to betting only on one form of the game?

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  • jayaganesh

    Now a days match is going with both sides almost in every match. In my view trading on cricket odds is the best option.

    You can back at higher odds and lay at low odds. For example in almost all matches played in clt20 cup All matches went for both teams 1.6 fav. So u gain minimum of minimum 0.2 odds in every match.

    In CLT 20 league out of 28 matches 21 matches went for both teams 1.40 fav. 6 matches went for both teams 1.08 fav . 1 match went for 1.03 odds fav and lost by favourite team.

    We had seen many matches lost by favourite teams from 1.10 odds fav in recent cricket matches.

    From my betting experience I advice punters to play on both sides and book both sides profit.
  • fairfranco

    I would add something on Innings runs, this is one of the most popular markets both prematch and in play.

    With innings runs the bookies give a line on the number of runs to be scored by the batting team in the current innings, this line will move throughout the innings as the chances of a team scoring more or less runs change. On the Exchanges all of the lines are on offer all of the time allowing for backing of higher odds or possibly laying low prices on low lines. These are done with either 10 run (T20) or 25 run (50 over or test) increments.

    Maybe worth including info on some of the other in play type bets such as player runs which is another popular market.


    There isn't really a best form as all offer plenty for the punter. Some find test matches easier to trade, the slower less reactive style and probably a bit less down to luck than T20 where things can go for or against you very quickly as players swing the bat. A couple of huge overs can make or break your bets. A 50 over game sits a little between those as there are plenty of high scoring overs (probably more since the build up of T20) but slower periods also.

    I quite like the test trading but sometimes need to slow myself down a little rather than try to be involved all of the time. 50 Over games I like, it's important to understand the conditions well and have a good grasp for how you think teams will play it. It's also important to watch to get an idea of how the pitch is playing.

    T20's are volatile but lots of money to be made trading when it goes right.
  • Hridoy khan

    I want to wining percent of each twenty twenty matches

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