India Can Spoil Cook’s Last Test Match
Alastair Cook is not a bad batsman by all accounts but he has decided enough is enough and plays his last match in Test cricket against India at the Oval starting today. England lead 3-1 in the five match series so have already beaten the best international team in the longest format of the game. The final match is a dead rubber in terms of the series but there is still a Test match to be won.
Cook will get most of the attention and is 4/1 to score his 33rd century in Test match cricket. All five days will have warm temperatures and with no rain predicted there shouldn’t be any weather delays. The nature of Test cricket has changed so there should be a definite outcome. INDIA have the incentive and focus and can be backed at 12/5 with Betfair to win Cook’s last Test match for England.
Scotland did not qualify for the World Cup and Belgium finished third. There is a huge gulf in quality which should be reflected in tonight’s friendly match at Hampden Park. This is not a Nations League fixture so there is very little at stake. Scotland have not found the net in four of their last five matches and Belgium won all their matches in Russia except the semi-final against France.
Belgium may play the second string against Scotland but the fringe players were too good for England’s reserves in the World Cup. The hosts will have to deal with some key absentees. Scotland have lost three of four games played under Alex McLeish, the new manager after the departure of Gordon Strachan All the form suggests a BELGIUM WIN TO NIL and you can bet on that outcome at 5/4 with bet365.
There are five Flat meetings in Britain today and the most lucrative fixture is at Ascot. The racing is nothing special but there is a competitive class 2 handicap over the one mile straight course at 4.20. Only one of the 10 runners is quoted above 12/1 so every horse has a positive and could win the race. Fire Brigade has the highest Racing Post Rating but Zwayaan has the claiming jockey’s three pounds allowance. Jason Watson is worth that concession so ZWAYAAN is the bet at 7/2 with William Hill.