England head into their ICC World T20 match with Afghanistan as hot favourites at 1/16 to win and Afghanistan 8/1. Craig Keiswetter is 4/1 with William Hill to be England’s top batsman in an England win.
Luke Wright is expected to be the man to take Kevin Pietersen’s batting spot and is 7/2 to top score on Friday behind co favourites Alex Hales and Craig Keiswetter at 3/1. Wright is 5/6 to score 24 or more runs and the same price to score 23 or less.
Steven Finn is the 3/1 favourite to be the top England bowler on Friday with Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad both 10/3. Danny Briggs and Jade Dernbach are 7/2 with Tim Bresnan a 9/1 chance.
England are 8/1 to retain the ICC World T20 with their first opponents Afghanistan outsiders at 500/1. India and Sri Lanka share favouritism at 9/2 each. South Africa are 5/1.
"Luke Wright has big boots to fill in Pietersen’s absence but the match against Afghanistan should be one where he can gain some confidence in his ability to hit some big scores in the coming weeks,” said William Hill cricket betting spokesman Mark Young.
1/16 England, 8/1 Afghanistan
Total Luke Wright Runs: 5/6 Over 23.5, 5/6 Under 23.5
Top England Batsman: 3/1 Alex Hales, 3/1 Craig Kieswetter, 7/2 Luke Wright, 4/1 Eoin Morgan, 4/1 Michael Lumb, 9/2 Ravi Bopara, 6/1 Jonny Bairstow, 8/1 Jos Buttler, 16/1 Samit Patel, 33/1 Tim Bresnan, 50/1 Stuart Broad, 80/1 Graeme Swann, 150/1 Danny Briggs, 150/1 Jade Dernbach, 150/1 Steve Finn
Top England Bowler: 3/1 Steven Finn, 10/3 Graeme Swann, 10/3 Stuart Broad, 7/2 Danny Briggs, 7/2 Jade Dernbach, 5/1 Tim Bresnan, 9/1 Samit Patel, 14/1 Ravi Bopara, 20/1 Luke Wright
4/1 England to win and Craig Keiswetter to be top England Batsman*
*Will pay out if Keiswetter is joint top scorer, bets void if match ties, Keiswetter must bat otherwise bets are void
Top Afghanistan Batsman: 7/2 Mohammed Shahzad, 4/1 Javed Ahmadi, 4/1 Karim Sadiq, 4/1 Nawroz Mangal, 9/2 Mohammed Nabi, 5/1 Ashgar Stanikzai, 7/1 Najibullah Zadran, 10/1 Samiullah Shenwari, 10/1 Shafiqullah, 12/1 Gulbodin Naib, 28/1 Dawlat Zadran, 50/1 Shapoor Zadran, 66/1 Hamid Hassan, 66/1 Izatullah Dawlatzai, 66/1 Mohammad Nasim
Top Afghanistan Bowler: 4/1 Hamid Hassan, 4/1 Shapoor Zadran, 9/2 Dawlat Zadran, 9/2 Samiullah Shenwari, 5/1 Izatullah Dawlatzai, 11/2 Gulbodin Naib, 11/2 Mohammad Nabi, 11/2 Mahammad Nasim, 13/2 Karim Sadiq
ICC World Twenty20 Winner: 9/2 India, 9/2 Sri Lanka, 5/1 South Africa, 11/2 West Indies, 6/1 Australia, 6/1 Pakistan, 8/1 England, 16/1 New Zealand, 50/1 Bangladesh, 150/1 Ireland, 250/1 Zimbabwe, 500/1 Afghanistan
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