IT’S called the gentleman’s sport and has defined Australia’s summers for more than 100 years.
Cricket is a game three different formats, providing a great number of betting markets and different forms of entertainment for punters and fans.
The main countries involved in playing cricket in this modern era include England, Australia, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the West Indies.
What are the different forms of the game? And what are the best bets to make when having a punt on the cricket?
We’ll cover all the best betting information in our guide:
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The test match is the most classic, or pure, form of the game. It’s played over five days with each team traditionally playing two innings. Each team dresses in their traditional cricket whites and matches traditionally begin at 11am and end at 6pm, spanning 90 overs (or 540 deliveries) of play.
Test matches are a game of patience, tactics and strategy.
The following is a highlight from one of the most famous test match series in the history of the game – between rivals Australia and England in the ‘Ashes’ series of 2005.
Because the test match is a unique form of the game, it also has its own unique set of markets available to bet on. Here are some of the most popular:
Match betting: In test matches this is a three optioned bet between team A winning, team B winning or a draw.
Draw no bet: The head-to-head equivalent for test match betting.
Top run scorer: This bet can be made on players from each side, per innings. The player with the highest run score per innings wins.
Top wicket taker: Similar to the top run scorer. You can place a bet on which bowler you think will take the most wickets per side each innings.
Method of first dismissal: This bet usually has seven possible options:
Caught (not bowler)
Caught and bowled
One Day International cricket
A one day game is often referred to as a day/nighter. Each side has 50 overs to score as many runs as possible. This is not as tactical and patient game like the test match.
Both sides stray from the traditional white clothes of test match cricket and wear their national colours. The colour of the ball changes from red to white and different fielder-placement restrictions also apply.
The following are highlights from the ODI World Cup Final between Australia and New Zealand in 2015:
Some popular markets to bet on in this format include:
Match betting: Essentially a head to head bet on who will win the match. There is no draw option given the unlikely nature of a draw in a one day game.
Top run scorer: Bet on who you think will be the top run scorer from each team.
Top wicket taker: Bet on who you think will be the top wicket taker from each team.
Twenty20 cricket has quickly become one of the most popular forms of the game. Similar to a one dayer, the format is based off both sides having just 20 overs each to bat. This produces a much faster, heavier attacking form of the game.
T/20 has evolved into a fun event and spawned national competitions and league’s all around the world.
The following video includes highlights from the 2016 T20 World Cup between England and the West Indies.
Some of the best domestic T/20 competitions around the world are:
Big Bash – Australia
Indian Premier League
Twenty/20 Cup – England
Caribbean Premier League
Some popular markets when betting on T/20 matches are:
First ball of the match: This bet has 10 possible options available:
Player to score 50: The bookie will nominate a number of players, say four, and give you an option on whether or not that player will score 50 runs or more.