Check out the information in this article to help you decide the right bet to beat the bookies. The County Cricket season is well underway now and the next round of matches will no doubt throw up a few surprises as well.
After cruising to victory against New Zealand, William Hill make England 8/1 to go unbeaten in Test match cricket for the remainder of this calendar year.
Going into the second test at Headingley, England are 4/7 to win, while New Zealand are 8/1 with the draw 2/1.
England are on the drift in The Ashes cricket betting according to Ladbrokes.
Following England's less than impressive start to the 1st Test against New Zealand, the firm are still favouring a home win this summer at 1/2 (from 4/9), with Australia's odds cut to 3/1 (from 7/2).
England will be very happy to hear that Graeme Swann & Tim Bresnan have been passed fit for the first test against New Zealand.
As a result England are 1/2 red hot favourites to deliver victory in the first test, with New Zealand 8/1 outsiders. England can be backed at 5/4 to win the series 2-0.
Chris Gayle's 175 not out in the IPL is possibly the greatest ever T20 innings there is ever likely to be. 175 from 66 balls with 17 sixes and, had he not by his own admission "slowed down" in the middle of his innings, it could have been 200!
The West Indies has given the cricket world batsmen like Gary Sobers, Brian Lara, Viv Richards and now Chris Gayle joins the greats of West Indian cricket.
Following his astonishing feat of scoring 100 in just 30 balls, William Hill are offering cricket odds of 25/1 that any professional cricketer manages a faster 100 this year.
"Chris Gayle was simply stunning and it will be some feat if anyone manages to beat the 30 ball hundred this year,â€ said William Hill cricket betting spokesman Rupert Adams.
William Hill are looking forward to the return of the Indian Premier League, which is now the biggest cricket event of the year.
Despite the absence of Kevin Pietersen and Shane Warne, the bookies are predicting a huge betting event. As it stands Chennai Super Kings are the 4/1 favourites, followed by Kolkata, Mumbai & Bangalore at 5/1.
New Zealand have been cut to win the third test according to Ladbrokes.
Following the news that Kevin Pietersen is to miss the match the bookmakers report an upturn in stakes for the home side to defy the cricket betting odds, resulting in their price shortening to 11/2 from 6/1.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have finalised Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) agreements with the ICC this week, guaranteeing a significant boost to the high performance programmes of both cricket boards.
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William Hill make England their red hot 4/9 favourites to win the 1st Test, with New Zealand offered at 11/2. England go into the first Test with two key batsmen out of form.
Kevin Pietersen is 5/6 to score 35 or more but 5/6 to score 34 or less, whilst Nick Compton is 5/6 to manage 25 or more and 5/6 to score 24 or less. Alastair Cook is 7/1 to be man of the match for which Brendon McCullum is a 12/1 shot.
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.
Just a few months to go until the start of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 players and fans are turning their attention towards the tournament, featuring the eight best one day international teams in the world.
The ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will feature Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies and be played out across three grounds - Cardiff Wales Stadium, The Oval and Edgbaston - over eighteen days from the 6th to 23rd June 2013.
Joe Root is odds-on to captain the England Test side according to Ladbrokes.
The 22-year-old might have only just played in his 10th game for the national team but he continues to impress every time, and firm are now quoting him at odds-on (5/6) to captain the England Test side during his career.
Stuart Broad took a hat-trick and William Hill now offer 20/1 that any England bowler takes another on this tour. England are 8/11 to win the Twenty20 series and 1/4 to win the Test series.
Captain Cook is 9/2 to be top bat and man of the moment Stuart Broad is 4/1 to be top wicket taker in the test series.
Few would have predicted New Zealand's dramatic one-wicket win in the opening One-Day International in Paarl and their successful run chase will have given South Africa plenty to think about ahead of the second game in Kimberley.
Not least, how to deal with the loss of AB de Villiers after he was handed a two-game suspension as punishment for the time taken by South Africa in the field as they battled in vain to prevent an upset.
If you're already looking forward to the new cricket season then you're probably staring at the worsening weather and wishing it was all over.
There are plenty of other sports being played at this time of year, and there are plenty of little gambling opportunities but it is, as they say, just not the same.
BetVictor make England skipper Alastair Cook 3/1 to score a fourth successive century on Englandâ€™s tour of India in either innings of the 4th Test Match which starts in Nagpur on Thursday morning.
Spokesperson and cricket betting expert Charlie McCann said: "Cook has been a revelation since taking over the helm as England captain but can he finish the job for his side in Nagpur?"
Alastair Cook can break Sachin Tendulkar's records according to Ladbrokes.
After notching up his 23rd Test century he is now given a 10/1 chance to become the all time leading Test century maker and surpass Tendulkar's current standing of 51.
Steven Finn is odds-on to start the 3rd Test against India according to Ladbrokes.
As Stuart Broad's poor form continues the bookies have given Finn the nod over the vice-captain to return from injury and start the 3rd Test on Friday in Kolkata.