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Cricket Betting Free Bets, Latest Odds & Offers

Cricket Betting

July 2021 – With many different forms of the game, regular big events and series, cricket is an excellent sport for free bets, as there is generally something big just around the corner.

Whether you want a quick limited overs game or a five day slog, here we have the best free bets for you to use while wagering on games from around the world.

Latest Betting Update – July 2021

International cricket fans will get to see England test themselves against Pakistan this month, with both ODI and T20 games on the calendar.

For domestic fans, this month is all about the start of The Hundred, a brand new 100 ball competition that will be live on BBC television for fans to watch.

Some of the biggest names in cricket will take part, and early betting has the Southern Brave as 5/1 favourites with bet365.

The betting suggests this is wide open, with Oval Invincibles at 6/1 with Unibet and Manchester Originals at 6/1 with 888Sport in behind them.

This could really capture the imagination of cricket fans across July and August, so look out for the games taking place.

Who Do England Play This Summer?

England have a very busy summer ahead of them, with additional games taking place due to the abandonments in 2020.

Next up, it is the turn of Pakistan to visit England, they come for T20 and ODI games before the biggest test of the summer, and the series that everyone is looking forward to.

India will play five Test matches in England across August and September, putting together two of the best in the world as England look to gain revenge for their series defeat in India over the winter.

Cricket Betting Offers

Over the summer bookmakers will be offering a large amount of free bets and enhanced odds offers around the best One Day and Test series.

You’ll also find a huge range of welcome offers currently on offer, perfect for betting on the Hundred as punters get to grips with the new 100-ball format.

Betfair currently have a bet £10 and get £30 in free bets when you sign up, while 888sport are also offering the very same!

bet365 are also offering England specials at the moment, with the bookmaker giving sure to increase the number of offers as we approach the summer months.

You can find a full list of our cricket betting offers on our betting offers page.

Major Cricket Tournaments To Bet On

Across 2021 there are some major tournaments and series to bet on across the world, which makes betting on cricket more exciting than ever before.

Below you’ll find key dates across the cricket calendar, with all major bookmakers offering odds on the fixtures.


July 2021 – England v Pakistan (ODI & T20 Series)

August 2021 – England v India (Test Series)


April – September, 2021: County Championship

May – September, 2021: T20 Vitality Blast

July – August, 2021: Royal London One Day Cup

July – August, 2021: The Hundred

Popular Cricket Betting Markets

There are dozens of cricket betting odds available to play with many markets on all major games.

From simple Match Betting markets to individual player markets such as number of wickets or player to top score. You really can bet on almost anything.

The Ashes will particularly see tons of cricket bets available, with many novelty markets from the likes of Paddy Power also likely.

Some of the more popular markets to bet on cricket include:

  • Outright Tournament/Series Winner
  • Match Betting
  • Top Scorer
  • To Make A Half Century
  • To Make A Century
  • Total Run Outs
  • Highest Opening Partnership
  • First Over Score
  • First Dismissal Method

There are of course many more markets, including a number of Live Betting opportunities such as next wicket method.

Cricket Live Streaming

A number of online bookmakers now allow you to watch cricket live if you place a qualifying bet.

Dozens of bookies now offer this, with the likes of Ladbrokes, Betway and 888sport all offering live streams across a range of sports.

Bet365 Watch Cricket

We highlight all the bookmakers who offer live streaming in our bookmaker reviews, so take a look and see where you can bet on cricket and watch live.

Test Cricket

Cricket is played a variety of different formats with Test cricket considered to be the highest level of the game. Played at international level, Test cricket is usually played in a group of matches called a series such as the bi-annual Ashes Series between England and Australia. These first-class cricket matches can last up to five days and a series normally consists of three to five matches. Test cricket matches lend themselves nicely to in-play betting with most bookies offering plenty of markets to go at during the game, remembering that any games not concluded within an allotted time are drawn.

Maintaining concentration and choosing your moment to score runs is key in test cricket and there have been some truly great batsmen to grace the game over the years.

Top 5 Run Scorers In Test Cricket

1. Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 15921 runs
2. Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 13378 runs
3. Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 13289 runs
4. Rahul Dravid (India) – 13288 runs
5. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri-Lanka) – 11988 runs

Taking wickets in Test cricket can prove just as hard as scoring runs and some players have also proven to have a particular knack in this department.

Top 5 Wicket Takers In Test Cricket

1. Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri-Lanka) – 800 wickets
2. Shane Warne (Australia) – 708 wickets
3. Anil Kumble (India) – 619 wickets
4. Glenn McGrath (Australia) – 563 wickets
5. Courtney Walsh (West Indies) – 519 wickets

Limited Overs Cricket

Limited Overs cricket offers a slightly less tactical take on the game with more emphasis on scoring runs in one day internationals and Twenty20 formats.

ODI’s may occasionally continue into a second day because of bad weather, but cannot be drawn and for this reason are used in knockout compeitions such as the Cricket World Cup.

Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most runs in ODI cricket at 18426 runs

Top 5 Run Scorers In ODI Cricket

1. Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 18426 runs
2. Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 13704 runs3. Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri-Lanka) – 13430 runs
4. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri-Lanka) – 12844 runs
5. Mahela Jayawardene (Sri-Lanka) – 11837 runs

T20 Cricket is played at a much faster pace with most games taking around three hours to complete, making them more appealing for casual fans looking to have a bet. The T20 format is used for the Twenty20 World Championship contested by international sides and the  Indian Premier League (IPL) along with the Twenty20 Champions League for domestic teams which both attract large audiences and are extremely popular with punters.

Hitting the boundary often and scoring regular sixes is the best way to maximise the amount of runs scored from 20 overs.

Top 5 players To Hit The Most Career T20 Sixes

1. Chris Gayle (West Indies) – 459 sixes
2. Kieron Pollard (West Indies) – 320 sixes
3. Brendon McCullom (New Zealand) – 246 sixes
4. Dwayne Smith (West Indies) – 243 sixes
5. David Hussey (Australia) – 230 sixes

The largest T20 winning margin by runs was recorded by Sri Lanka v Kenya when they won by 172 runs in the World Cup. Countless sides have won by 10 wickets over the years, while Indian side Jharkhand hold the record for the most balls remaining at 100 and Sri Lanka have the record at international level having 90 remaining when beating Netherlands in early 2014.

Cricket Predictions & Tips

Bookies are offering a number of cricket betting odds as the season is now underway. It pays to wait a little until closer to the big T20 and Test series and tournaments taking place so you can assess the form of the teams taking part and their mark up in terms of which players are chosen.

In domestic cricket, Surrey are among the favourites for both the County Championship and T20 Blast, with Nottinghamshire, Sussex and Hampshire also hotly tipped.

Cricket FAQs

Below you’ll find some of the most commonly asked questions about betting on cricket…

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