The Cricket World Cup. It’s finally arrived and I can’t wait. It’s a great time to be teaming up with Star Sports and I’m looking forward to bringing my views on a fantastic cricketing summer – not only the World Cup but the small matter of the Ashes as well !!
I’ll be blogging and providing video previews too on the outright competition markets and all of England’s games plus the semi-finals and final of the World Cup.
I’ll be attending plenty of the matches and looking forward to working with the media, giving some pre-match previews in the boxes and of course…. watching the action !!
And let’s get one thing straight from the outset. I fully expect England to be in that final at Lord’s on Sunday 14 July.
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England have never won a World Cup and are aiming to make it 12th time lucky but they are not rated the number one side in the world for nothing and home advantage will obviously play its part.
You can argue the home advantage also brings added pressure too. The Barmy Army expects but as long as the team use the support in a positive way and play their game without getting too cocksure I think it’s a big help.
Sounds a silly thing to say going into the World Cup but I’d even say that England’s defeat against Australia in the warm up match last week is a positive. It’ll just help focus minds and make sure the team realise there’s a job of work to be done.
It’s hard to disagree with the market that says ‘The Big Three’ are England, India and Australia – they all have strength in depth, can mix up their game and I fully expect them to run deep, but picking a fourth side is much harder.
I’d probably say any one of three. Pakistan know what it takes to win a World Cup, New Zealand could do better than their price suggests – they have a great competitive side whilst the West Indies can never be ruled out given they are such good travellers who excel at the one day format.
So, if pressed, my top four are ENGLAND, INDIA, AUSTRALIA and WEST INDIES.
starsports.bet have a whole host of outright markets and specials so be sure to check them out. Plus their World Cup special where you get your stake back if your side scores 350+ runs and fails to win – I can see that insurance kicking in a few times.
I’ve put together a pre-tournament portfolio on starsports.bet – good luck if you are following me in.
I think Adil Rashid is good value at around 16/1 to be top tournement bowler. The Yorkshire player is a an excellent middle over bowler who can beat both sides of the bat.
Overall I’d probably want to be under 42.5 on the Total World Cup Centuries market, you never know what the weather is going to do and how that will impact on the tournament. However, the 8/1 about the highest ODI record going might be of interest with the batsman attacking from the opening ball.
If England do win, as I expect, I hope to be sitting pretty with an 11/2 starsports.bet ticket for them to go on and win the Ashes.
Full list of recommended bets below – don’t miss my match previews as well.
RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
10pts win ENGLAND at around 2/1 with starsports.bet
NAME THE FINALISTS
3pts win ENGLAND v INDIA at around 5/1 with starsports.bet
TOP TOURNAMENT BATSMAN
2pts win JONNY BAIRSTOW at around 10/1 with starsports.bet
TOP TOURNAMENT BOWLER
2pts win ADIL RASHID at around 16/1 with starsports.bet
TOTAL WORLD CUP CENTURIES
7pts win UNDER 42.5 at around 5/6 with starsports.bet
TEAM TO BREAK HIGHEST ODI SCORE RECORD (481)
3pts win YES at around 8/1 with starsports.bet
ENGLAND TO WIN WORLD CUP AND ASHES
3pts win YES at around 11/2 with starsports.bet
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