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No one really expected England to win. India got a series win against Australia away from home. Beating England shouldn’t present that much of a challenge. However, this is to judge England as a whole and, as it demonstrated, it’s far more the sum of its parts. It’s one of the reasons you can bet on England to win the 2nd Test as well, and probably the series. Online sportsbook sites in the UK may still find it hard to credit, but Joe Root and the boys won’t. They’re in it to win it now.
“Sri Lanka gave us confidence.” Agrees Joe Root, England Test Cricket captain, “But we knew the challenges would be different. The surface was different and we handled it well. We knew it would be a good wicket.” It certainly was for him. Joe Root led by example. He scored a super 218 in his 100th Test match. His presence, although he plays it down, probably makes a bet on England to win the 2nd Test a must. But can he repeat his invaluable contribution to their victory?
“At different times guys came in and made contributions, and thankfully it was me who made a big one. That is the way we are going to win out there. Someone is going to have to do that consistently.” He himself allows a small smile as he admits; “It might be someone else next week.” Most captains would have a hard time naming which of their players that might be. Those who like to bet on sports in the UK will notice Joe Root doesn’t have that problem. He’s got a great squad.
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“We batted well and the bowlers, in conditions that are alien to them, they bowled very well.” Joe continued, although just how alien any wicket really is questionable. “The guys handled the pressure well.” Said Joe saving his most effusive praise for James Anderson. “His skill level is as good as anyone you’ll ever see. He’s a great role model.” Which is true and it’s that recognition of skill that makes a bet on England to win the 2nd Test a little more tempting than one on India.
2nd Test Odds
- Draw – 4/1
- England – 13/5
- India – 8/11
England have begun to recognize individual talent is best kept on a long leash. There is no good reason to impose a uniformity on such unique players. Joe is letting his side play as they wish and they’re rewarding him with big wins. Even Joe himself admits to being a little more greedy with the bat these days. The result is that those taking advantage of UK gambling laws will find a bet on England to win the 2nd Test is now going for 13/5. That’s well in from the initial offerings.
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“It’s been a lot of hard work and a willingness to learn and improve.” Joe smirks again. “The challenge is to come back and do it again next week.” Which will be no easy feat as Joe himself admits. “We expect India to come back hard at us.” Talk about understatement. It’s probably the only good reason not to bet on England to win the 2nd Test; India are going to be livid. A bet on India might get you shorter odds on Test cricket, but with England playing like this? It’s risky.
Bet On Series Winner
- Draw – 5/2
- England – 2/1
- India – 13/10
The odds on India to win the 2nd Test are currently hovering around 8/13. That’s massively longer than prior to the first match. England have obviously impressed. However, their propensity to fail will keep online betting sites in the UK like Bet365 from shortening their prices. A bet on England to win the 2nd Test then is hugely tempting. However, perhaps the more canny amongst you will spot that a draw, going for 4/1, might just prove a better earner when these teams meet again.
We take a look at why a bet on England to win the 2nd Test against India has become a far more attractive wager after their victory in the first match.