Pakistan proved they are no pushovers by beating Australia in two consecutive Twenty20 matches at Edgbaston recently. Whether they can transfer their fine displays with bat and ball to the longer format of the game is another matter, however. Australia are even money favourites with Betfred to win the first test at Lord’s, while Pakistan are priced at a very tempting 11/2 with bet365.
Mohammad Aamer took three Australian wickets in each of the recent Twenty20 matches, and can be backed at 11/4 with William Hill to be Pakistan’s top bowler at Lord’s. For Australia it is hard to look beyond the inimitable Ricky Ponting to be Australia’s top batsman, and with Stan James offering odds of 7/2 it is worth serious consideration.
There is value to found on the series betting. With there being just two tests, there is no room for slip-ups from either side. So the 33/1 on offer with Ladbrokes for Pakistan to repeat their 2-0 Twenty20 victory in this test series could prove fruitful. If you think the series could swing like a pendulum, one way then the other, backing a drawn series of 1-1 can be achieved with Blue Square at 5/1.
Pakistan have a young side who are growing in stature with every match, and are not to be discounted against an Australia side who – while undoubtedly talented – are not what they were. As such, backing Pakistan to win the series in the Draw No Bet market at 11/2 with William Hill could pay dividends, presuming the rain stays away to leave the crowds to enjoy this potentially exhilarating contest.