Monday 4 March 2013 

Cricket Betting: England Friendless Against Black Caps

Cricket Betting: England Friendless Against Black Caps
Cricket Betting: England Friendless Against Black Caps
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England are friendless with punters ahead of the first Test in New Zealand according to Ladbrokes.

The visitors will begin the Test as the odds-on 4/7 favourites but have been shunned in the betting in favour of the bigger price on offer for a home win, with New Zealand being backed into 7/1 from 8/1.

England (1/4) are heavily fancied to wrap up the series with a 3-0 whitewash (5/2), and the firm have been taking bets on the Test team to go unbeaten during 2013 which has been cut to 20/1 (from 25/1) after a flood of bets. Thankfully for punters though the odds suggest their potential winning streak won't come under threat until the first Test of The Ashes at Trent Bridge (9/2).

Joe Root is proving a popular bet at 8/1 to top the batting for England in Dunedin, but it's Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook who lead the betting as the joint 7/2 favourites.

Jessica Bridge, cricket betting expert at Ladbrokes said: "It's been one-way traffic for New Zealand and the 8/1 has been hoovered up. Patriotic punters think the 3-0 whitewash is a done deal and with confidence high attention turns to going a full 12 months without loss."

Ladbrokes latest betting

Match Betting

New Zealand 7/1
Draw 11/5
England 4/7

Series Betting

England 1/4
Draw 5/1
New Zealand 8/1

Top England Batsman - 1st Test

Pietersen 7/2
Cook 7/2
Trott 4/1
Bell 9/2
Compton 6/1
Root 8/1
Prior 10/1
Bairstow 10/1

Correct Series Score

England 1-0 6/1
England 2-0 9/4
England 2-1 8/1
England 3-0 5/2

Draw 0-0 14/1
Draw 1-1 6/1

New Zealand 1-0 16/1
New Zealand 2-0 33/1
New Zealand 2-1 20/1
New Zealand 3-0 100/1

England Test team to go unbeaten during 2013  20/1

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