William Hill offer 5/4 that England will be the Number One Test nation at the end of 2012, and 4/7 that they will not, after they jeopardized their ranking by being whitewashed v Pakistan.
"England are hanging on to the Number One ranking but will need to show greatly improved form against Sri Lanka to show that they aren’t now going to drift back down the table," said Hill’s spokesman and cricket betting expert Graham Sharpe.
ENGLAND are 12/5 to win the forthcoming One Day series v Pakistan who are 11/8 favs with drawn series 7/4. England are 11/2 with Hills to suffer a 4-0 whitewash, 12/1 to win 4-0.
SRI LANKA V ENGLAND TEST SERIES
SERIES PRICES – 7/4 SRI LANKA, 9/4 DRAWN SERIES, 6/4 ENGLAND
TO PLAY IN FIRST TEST – 2/9 PIETERSEN (3/1 NO) 4/7 BELL ( 5/4 NO), 6/4 MORGAN (1/2 NO)
MONTY PANESAR TO CAPT. ENGLAND IN ANY TEST IN THE SERIES AGAINST SRI LANKA 33/1