Tuesday 15 December 2009 

Cricket Betting: Odds On England Chances In Test Series

Bookies Backing Boer Four For England Chances
Bookies Backing Boer Four For England Chances
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If England are to take a series win in South Africa this winter bookie Paddy Power is predicting they will need ‘The Boer Four’ to do it.

With England 11/4 outsiders to win the four Test series (and 3/1 to win the first match at Centurions) much will depend on their four South African born stars Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior and captain Andrew Strauss. Collectively known as the ‘Boer Four’, of the quartet Pietersen, Strauss and Trott all head the betting to be England’s top scorer in the series at 3/1, 3/1 and 10/3 respectively. Indeed, they are all joint favourites at 7/2 to top score in England first test first innings when the series gets underway on Wednesday.

Paddy Power are also betting on which of England’s South African born players will be the first to score a century making South Africa’s public enemy number one KP the 11/5 favourite with Strauss and Trott at 5/2 and the capable Prior the 7/2 outsider. 

South Africa are 8/13 favourites to win the series with a 2-1 scoreline for the home team considered the most likely result at 4/1.

Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power, said: “The betting suggests that the batting skills of the so called ‘Boer Four’ is key to England’s chances but punters can’t split who exactly they think might be the one to be hailed as an all-English hero.”

Meanwhile as England prepares for it’s biggest six months in South Africa since Michael Caine defended Rorke’s Drift, Paddy Power are offering 25/1 that Andrew Strauss’ team win the Test Series and Fabio Capello’s boys also win the World Cup.

PADDY POWER SERIES SPECIALS

England in South Africa

25/1      England to win both the World Cup and Test Series in South Africa
11/10    Kevin Pietersen to reach 5000 Test Runs during the series (currently 4647)

The Boer Four

Which ’South African’ will score a century for England first?

11/5      Pietersen
5/2        Strauss
5/2        Trott
7/2        Prior

FIRST TEST BETTING

South Africa v England 1st Test

5/4        S Africa
11/8      Draw
3/1        England

Man of the Match

8 Smith; 10 Kallis, Steyn; 12 De Villiers, M Morkel; 16 Ntini, Amla, Duminy, Parnell

10 Pietersen, Strauss, Trott, Collingwood; 12 Broad; 14 Anderson; 16 Sidebottom; 20 Cook, Swann

Top England 1st Innings Runscorer

7/2        Pietersen
7/2        Strauss
7/2        Trott
4/1        Cook
11/2      Collingwood
11/2      Bell
12/1      Prior
16/1      Wright
28/1      Broad
 
Top South Africa 1st Innings Runscorer

3/1        Smith
4/1        De Villiers
4/1        Kallis
9/2        Amla
5/1        Prince
6/1        Duminy
8/1        Peterson
12/1      Boucher
 
SERIES BETTING

South Africa v England Series

8/13      S Africa
7/2        Draw
11/4      England
 
Series Correct Score

10/1      S Africa 1-0
9/2        S Africa 2-0
4/1        S Africa 2-1
7/1        S Africa 3-0
9/1        S Africa 3-1
14/1      S Africa 4-0
33/1      Draw 0-0
9/2        Draw 1-1
12/1      Draw 2-2          
16/1      England 1-0
16/1      England 2-0
8/1        England 2-1
33/1      England 3-0
28/1      England 3-1
66/1      England 4-0

Top England Series Runscorer

3/1        Pietersen
3/1        Strauss
10/3      Trott
5/1        Cook
13/2      Collingwood
15/2      Bell
10/1      Prior
20/1      Wright
33/1      Davies
50/1      Broad
66/1      Swann
100/1    Bar

Top England Series Wicket Taker

5/2        Anderson
3/1        Broad
4/1        Swann
5/1        Onions
7/1        Sidebottom
10/1      Plunkett
12/1      Rashid
12/1      Wright
25/1      Bar
 
Top South African Series Runscorer

11/4      Smith
7/2        Kallis
7/2        De Villiers
9/2        Amla
11/2      Duminy
6/1        Prince
8/1        Peterson
20/1      Boucher
33/1      McLaren
200/1    Bar

Top South African Series Wicket Taker

7/4        Steyn
3/1        M Morkel
7/2        Parnell
4/1        Ntini
6/1        Harris
8/1        Kallis
12/1      De Wet
16/1      Bar