Pakistan mustered an impressive three wicket victory over Australia in their Headingley Test in which their bowling attack - spearheaded by Mohammad’s Asif and Aamer - showed particular zest. You could, therefore, be forgiven for thinking the best price of 10/11(Betfred) for England to win the first test at Trent Bridge does not offer great value, compared to 10/3 for Pakistan (Paddy Power).
However, it is certainly worth remembering that Pakistan’s victory, or more precisely Australia’s woeful opening session with the bat, was due in no small part to the early Headingley conditions. So backing England in the series correct score market could prove more fruitful, with a 3-0 series triumph priced at 5/1 with Stan James, or 3-1 to England a tasty looking 9/1 with bet365.
Of course, Pakistan do have an array of talent throughout their side, from the aforementioned bowlers to captain Salman Butt, who is a tempting 3/1 with Paddy Power to be the Top Pakistan Batsman at Trent Bridge. Further value can be found by backing Pakistan to whittle up the Highest Opening Partnership, priced at a favourable 13/10 with Boylesports.
For England, Paul Collingwood has been talking up England’s chances in the media, and can be backed at 13/2 with Boylesports to back his words up to be England’s Top Batsman in the first test. Alternatively, you can back Collingwood to hit the first England century at a tempting 6/1 with bet365.
While England are rightly favourites for this match and indeed the series, Pakistan’s collective ambition has received a massive boost of late, so backing the tourists in the Draw No Bet market for the first test could be the way to go at 2/1 with 888sport.