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West Indies v England Preview & Betting Tips
- West Indies v England
- CGI United One-Day International Series, Game Two (of three)
- Saturday, December 9, 2023, 5.30pm UK
- Kensington Oval, Barbados
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to see England win away!
But as the series heads to Barbados this weekend, will the travelling Barmy Army be singing that to celebrate a series victory?
I will actually be leaving the result of this one alone. Yes, England were excellent on Wednesday as they bowled the West Indies out for 202 and chased the target for the loss of only four wickets. But one swallow doesn’t make a summer.
They have to do a lot more to convince me that backing them at 4/9 is worthwhile. And given we have interest at 10/3 in the West Indies to win the series from our pre-series tips, I think it’s worth looking elsewhere for value.
Never mind Land of Hope & Glory, it’s Land of Hope & Money!
West Indies captain Shai Hope has posted scores of 109 not out and 68 in the first two games and has helped to bring home 4/1, 5/1 and 10/3 shots so far.
Given his quality and form, I don’t see any reason to change.
I also think Harry Brook has looked in excellent order in this series with scores of 71 and 43 not out - therefore, Betfair’s 7/5 on Hope and Brook to both score 20-plus runs apiece looks very appealing. That is available via their #OddsOnThat selections, and there are a few more selections available to allow you to be more adventurous if you wish, one of which I will give you in a second.
But first, I think Buttler will build on his fifty in game two - 58 not out, to be precise - with another one, giving another nod to the famous old London Bus syndrome. You wait ages for one, and then two come along at once.
Ladbrokes have him at 7/4 to score a fifty in this series decider.
There are a couple of almost identical bets with different companies that I like. The first is with Betway on Brook and Buttler to both hit three boundaries apiece - available at 9/5.
Returning to Betfair’s #OddsOnThat selections, they are offering 23/10 on both Hope and Brook to hit three boundaries each. I like the look of that one as well.
Hope & Brook to top score….
I would be siding with Hope to be West Indies’ top batter at 10/3 with Paddy Power. Brook also offers excellent value to be England’s top batter at 5/1.
Just rounding things off, a Betway selection - via their Pre-built bets section - has caught my eye. They are offering 14/1 on any bowler to take five wickets. That’s worth a couple of quid. It’s interesting that Betfair, for example, have priced up the same bet at 10/3.
Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars Preview & Betting Tips
- Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars
- KFC Big Bash League 13
- Thursday, December 7, 2023, 8.15am UK
- The ‘Gabba, Brisbane
Melbourne Stars have a new coach ahead of this latest BBL campaign, the perennial underachievers turning to one of the very best domestic coaches about in Peter Moores.
As you may have read in my tournament preview, I rate the Stars better than the tournament outsiders, and with plenty of firepower available for this opener, I expect them to give an early sighter as to why.
A host of firms, including Copybet, have them at 11/10 to beat the Heat.
As well as a couple of Aussie World Cup champions in Maxwell and Stoinis, they have Pakistani overseas duo Haris Rauf and Usama Mir at their disposal to kick things off.
Maxwell to ride the wave
Such has been Glenn Maxwell’s recent form - a double century at the World Cup against Afghanistan and a blistering T20 international century against India - it would be absolutely no surprise to see him picked in Australia’s Test team to face Pakistan later this month.
And another score here will clearly help that.
Maxwell is 1/1 with bet365 to score 30 runs in this match, while Ladbrokes have him at 5/2 to score a fifty. I would be taking both of those prices on his success. I was thinking about the 11/4 available with Ladbrokes on him to top score for the Melburnians, but I think the 5/2 to score a fifty is better value even if slightly skinnier.
I’m not quite finished with Maxwell yet, anyway, as bet365 have included his success in a couple of eye-catching bet boosts. I’ll come back to those shortly to finish things off.
Pakistan leg-spinner Usama Mir - a man who was playing in the Liverpool Competition for Colwyn Bay at the start of our summer just gone - has made a bit of a name for himself in T20 cricket recently.
He enjoyed a productive spell in the Blast with Worcestershire, gaining a Hundred deal with the Manchester Originals.
He played a bit part at the World Cup in India, but his recent form with the ball has been steady with five wickets in his last three white-ball matches, including two World Cup games and a domestic T20 at home in Pakistan.
While the Gabba has been known for some big totals, it’s boundaries are sizeable, which could suit leg-spin. And I think there’s something to be said for domestic Aussie batters not knowing too much about Mir’s capabilities. Not too many of them will have faced him.
I’m going to go with bet365′s 2/1 on him to take two or more wickets in the match, making a good early start to his job of being Adam Zampa’s replacement (he has signed for the Melbourne Renegades).
I would also be siding with Ladbrokes’ 7/2 on Mir to be Melbourne’s top bowler in this match, usurping the likes of compatriot Rauf and old head Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Stick with Maxwell magic in bet boosts
Bet365 have a couple of boosted bet builders which look juicy, both including Maxwell success.
They are offering 5/1 on the Stars to win and both him and Marcus Stoinis to score 20 plus runs.
Stars to win, Maxwell & Stoinis to both score 20+ - 5/1
This is the first special that looks good
They also have the Stars to win and hit most sixes and fours in the match at 16/1. There’s enough batting firepower to achieve the fours and sixes legs of this bet.
Big Bash Tournament Preview & Betting Tips
- KFC Big Bash League 13
- Thursday, December 7, 2023 - Wednesday, January 24, 2023
- Australia (13 venues)
I always enjoy this competition. Yes, there are faults, its length being one. But all the domestic T20 leagues around the world could improve, I believe.
In the Big Bash, matches are on at a good time of day, the majority starting just after 8 in the morning. And there’s a big English presence across the eight teams. In fact, every single one of them has at least one of our players.
Champions Perth Scorchers are the favourites, at a best price of 11/4. Their squad is boosted by Zak Crawley and Laurie Evans and includes Australian World Cup winners Mitch Marsh and Josh Inglis. It will be interesting to see how much those two are available because of international commitments, while Crawley’s availability will be limited at the start and end due to England duty.
Instead, I like the look of their rivals for recent success, Sydney Sixers. They are stacked with experience and talent and shouldn’t be too badly disrupted by unavailability. Looking at their squad, only Steve Smith should come and go.
The likes of Sean Abbott, Moises Henriques, Hayden Kerr, Todd Murphy, Josh Philippe, Tom Curran and James Vince all catch the eye, and they are 5/1 to win the title with Betway. I would be siding with the men in magenta.
With that in mind, I’d also be siding with bet365′s 7/4 on the Sixers to reach the final as well.
I also like the same company’s 9/2 on Hobart Hurricanes to post the highest score of the tournament. They are favourites in that market for a reason. Their Blundstone Arena home is a postage stamp venue, and they have plenty of batting power to take advantage.
Stars could ride on Maxwell’s magic
What a last month Melbourne Stars all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has had.
A majestic ODI double hundred, a World Cup winner and a blistering 104 off 48 balls in a T20 international against India. He’s a man on a mission. The only concern for the Stars would be whether he has done enough for Test contention.
But they look decent to me, even if they have to do without him and seamer Scott Boland for a time.
Haris Rauf, Usama Mir, Imad Wasim and Liam Dawson will share the overseas duties for a team who have yet to win a BBL title despite having previously had a superstar tag. I think they look nicely balanced this time around. Marcus Stoinis will be key, as will new seam bowling signing Mark Steketee and industrious all-rounder Beau Webster.
It surprises me that they are the 10/1 tournament outsiders. I think they’re much better than that, and I like the 6/4 Betfair are offering up for them to reach the top four places for finals series cricket midway through next month.
Sticking with team success or otherwise before we have a look at some top batters and bowlers and such, I think bet365′s 9/2 on Sydney Thunder to finish bottom might be a decent bet.
They look pretty thin on the ground with the bat, which could well cost them.
Vava Voom for Vince and Sixers
Spencer Johnson is a fast bowling name on everyone’s lips at present, especially after claiming a remarkable 3-1 from 20 balls for Oval Invincibles in the Hundred this summer.
He is currently completing duties in India with Australia’s white-ball team, and I’d be taking the 13/5 on offer with Betfair for him to be Brisbane Heat’s top bowler.
I really like the look of discarded England batter James Vince at 11/4 with Betfair to be Sydney Sixers’ top batter in this tournament.
Hampshire’s Vince was the leading run-scorer in our summer Blast with 670, and he’s second in the Sixers list behind Josh Philippe, who I rate but has only been averaging 9.5 in the opening stages of the Aussie four-day Sheffield Shield.
There is every chance the pair will open the batting together.
I’ll come back to Vince if I may later, but first, I want to stick with a compatriot.
Joe Clarke looks good value at 9/2 with bet365 to be the top scorer in the BBL for the Melbourne Renegades. He has Messrs Finch, de Kock and Shaun Marsh as competition for that market, but the Notts man has all the ability in the world and can seal this market for us.
My last selection in this section comes with less certainty, I have to be honest. And it involves Brisbane Heat batter Nathan McSweeney, who has limited experience in T20 but has enjoyed a stunning Sheffield Shield campaign over the last few months with Queensland.
He has scored 501 runs in six matches - only one run behind competition leader Cam Bancroft, who is in contention for a Test call-up.
Anyway, McSweeney, whose last of nine career T20 appearances yielded 41 batting at number three for the Heat last February, is 11/2 with Betfair to be their top tournament run-scorer. I think that price is worth a couple of quid.
Vince to top the lot
I’m going to finish by suggesting that not only can James Vince top the Sydney Sixers batting chart, but he can also top the tournament chart.
LiveScoreBet have priced him up at 18/1 to achieve that feat. I expect him to have a good tournament, and I think that’s a decent price.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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Before the action kicks off, we’ll look through and pick a winner, top scorer, top bowler and anything else that grabs our attention. This gives you the chance to get a big price about a selection before they impress others.