World Cup 2019 Cricket Betting: England and India Fail to Inspire

Ed Hawkins

Monday, May 20, 2019 7:51 PM UTC

Monday, May. 20, 2019 7:51 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says punters wanting a wild ride this summer should focus on the bigger prices and ignore the front two in the betting.
<p>Chaos has often reigned in World Cup tournaments. In 2015 Bangladesh caused a stir by making the quarters and in 2011 hosts India and Pakistan met in a powderkeg semi-final which, gratefully for world peace, the former won.</p><p>These tournaments are not for the faint of heart. Which is why England have not made a semi-final since 1992. Their ODI cricket has been conservative and weak. But after their failure to get out of the group in 2015 they said ‘no more’. And within a few months they constructed the most daredevil team ever seen.</p><p>England’s brand of ODI cricket is extraordinary. They are, not to put too fine a point on it, reckless. They thrash and smash away with the bat with such destructive intent that it would not be a surprise if they broke the 500 barrier. They have already passed 400 more than any other team and the 350 mark, once seen as the Everest of ODI, is an easy stroll for this lot. When batting first they are raging if they don’t bust it.</p><p>No surprise, then, they are jollies at 9/4 (3.25) with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365 Sportsbook">Bet365</a> and <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Betway sportsbook">Betway.</a> It’s a very short price and those who have been watching the market for years know full well the value went some time ago. So it’s hard to bet them now, particularly as their bowling unit is, statistically, the leakiest in the entire competition.</p><p>India are a more rounded team. They bat and bowl with equal venom. And, if all being fair, they should really win. In 2017 they made it to the Champions Trophy final (a dress rehearsal staged in England) only to be beaten by Pakistan. Also, they will expect to win. Under <a href="" title="Virat Kohli player profile">Virat Kohli</a>, the great batsman, and shrewd strategy man <a href="" title="MS Dhoni player profile">MS Dhoni</a>, they probably know they’ll win.</p><p>But we guessed you probably knew they had a decent chance considering their price of 3/1 (4.0) with <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes Sportsbook">Ladbrokes</a>.</p><p>What we really want is a big-money winners. And thankfully, the tournament is set up perfectly to give us a great ride. With five wins likely to be enough (insert link to tournament breakdown here plse) for a team to make it to the semi-finals, the race for the final two spots (England and India need to have a major meltdown to falter) is crazy. <a href="" title="New Zealand Team Preview">New Zealand</a>, <a href="" title="Pakistan Team Profile">Pakistan</a> and West Indies are attractive prices. New Zealand team at 10/1 (11.0) with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365 Sportsbook">Bet365</a>, Pakistan are 14/1 (15.0) with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365 Sportsbook">Bet365</a> and Betfair while the West Indies could be put in the same unpredictable camp are 16/1 (17.0) with <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Betway sportsbook">Betway</a>.</p><p>The Kiwis will be the most popular wager because, of those three, they are the most balanced. And, believe it or not, their weakness is harder to identify. They are basically as big because of their small islanders reputation. Bonkers. They were runners-up last time and made the semi-finals in the two previous editions.</p><p>Pakistan and West Indies are both unpredictable. The former have terrific power up front with the bat and a bowling unit which, if it clicks, could run through anybody. The Windies have a terrible, terrible recent record but gun players are back (Chris Gayle and Andre Russell) and in a semi-final no-one would want to play them. New Zealand, West Indies and Pakistan are all fair each-way shouts.</p>
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