England v Pakistan 2016 Betting Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Mohammad AmirTop Pakistan Bowler13/8Bet365, Ladbrokes
Misbah ul-HaqTop Pakistan Batsman4/1Bet365
Stuart BroadTop England Bowler19/10Bet365
Jonny BairstowTop England Batman5/1Betfred
England 2-1Series Correct Score9/2Bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral
Pakistan 2-1Series Correct Score12/1Sky Bet

After seeing off Sri Lanka with something to spare, England’s cricketers are strong favourites with the bookmakers to beat Pakistan in their second Test series of the summer. England v Pakistan 2016 gets under way at Lord’s on Thursday 14th July, before further Tests at Old Trafford, Edgbaston and The Oval.

England dominated the first two Tests against Sri Lanka and were well on top in the third before the weather intervened and limited them to a 2-0 series win. To help put things in perspective, England were a best price of 1/7 to win that series, while they can be backed at 4/11 with Bet365 to get the better of Pakistan.

Sri Lanka have been struggling to rebuild following the retirements of several key players and Pakistan should offer a much sterner test, particularly as they have much greater strength in their bowling department. What they will hope to avoid is the kind of controversy which has dogged their last two tours of England.

A ball-tampering dispute, which caused the fourth Test to be abandoned after Pakistan refused to retake the field, wrecked their 2006 visit, while four years later there was the spot-fixing scandal, for which Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were all found guilty and temporarily banned from the sport.

Amir, 18 at the time and seen by many as being naive and easily manipulated by his vastly experienced captain Butt, has now completed his ban and is back in the squad for this series. He will be looking to recapture the form that saw him rip through England’s upper order at Lord’s six years ago and as a quick bowler who can get the ball to swing he should pose a real threat. He is a worthy favourite at 13/8 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes to be Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker.

Pakistan, who are currently unable to host touring nations, have not been in Test action since they defeated England 2-0 over three matches in the UAE last November. It was a series which highlighted their strength in depth, with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, opener Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq all making centuries, along with Shoaib Malik, who has since retired.

They also boasted the dominant bowlers, with Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah sharing the plaudits. Yasir missed the first Test, but made up for lost time by eight wickets in the second match and seven in the third to be named man of the series. He is the 5/2 second favourite behind Amir, with Riaz out at 7/1.

Younis Khan and Azhar Ali have both hit centuries in Pakistan’s warm-up games and they are the leading contenders to be the top scorers for the tourists. Younis is the 3/1 favourite with Ladbrokes, but after scoring 352 runs against England last winter, Misbah ul-Haq looks an interesting choice at 4/1 with Bet365.

For their part England have been forced into a couple of personnel changes, with Jimmy Anderson ruled out by a shoulder injury and Nick Compton’s loss of form costing him his place. Gary Ballance, who hasn’t played since struggling for form in last summer’s Ashes series, returns to the batting line-up with Toby Roland-Jones on course for his Test debut in place of Anderson.

Anderson’s absence, at least for the first game, means that Stuart Broad is the 19/10 favourite with Bet365 to be England’s leading wicket-taker having taken 12 wickets in three games against Sri Lanka, to follow the 18 victims he claimed in four matches in South Africa over the winter.

Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes, who will be playing in just his ninth Test, is the second favourite at 7/2 with Bet365, with Steven Finn at 5/1 and Moeen Ali at 8s.

The top three in the betting to be England’s top scorer are Joe Root, Alastair Cook and Alex Hales and on recent form there is little to choose between the three of them – in their last 10 Test innings they have scored 376, 362 and 332 runs respectively with Root, unusually, failing to shine against Sri Lanka.

With those statistics in mind, it could be worth taking a look at Jonny Bairstow to top score at best odds of 5/1 with Betfred. The Yorkshireman has plundered a huge 705 runs in his last 10 international innings, including three big centuries.

It’s clear that Pakistan have the talent to make a big impression in this series, while another dreary English summer has already put paid to one Test and could be a significant factor again. It’s therefore worth considering that not every match will have a positive outcome when weighing up the Series Correct Score betting.

A 3-0 win for England is available at 9/2 with Ladbrokes, but a 2-1 win for the hosts is more appealing at the same price with Bet365, Ladbrokes and Coral. A 2-1 series win for the visitors can be backed at a stand-out 12/1 with Sky Bet.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Mohammad AmirTop Pakistan Bowler13/8Bet365, Ladbrokes
Misbah ul-HaqTop Pakistan Batsman4/1Bet365
Stuart BroadTop England Bowler19/10Bet365
Jonny BairstowTop England Batman5/1Betfred
England 2-1Series Correct Score9/2Bet365, Ladbrokes, Coral
Pakistan 2-1Series Correct Score12/1Sky Bet