The five match test series is an all too rare occurrence in international cricket, for the last decade or so. With the massively increasing international schedules meaning no real time or space in the calendar to fit them in. The longest series is also only applicable for the biggest test nations playing each other in terms of competitiveness as well as being able to generate the required interest and revenue for such a long series and tour for the visiting side.
The Ashes is the only series that has been guaranteed the five-game treatment over the years but has also occasionally been granted when two of the games big nations come face to face as is currently happening between England and India at present. The five-day test match is the ultimate challenge for cricketers with testing a player’s skill level against the highest-class opponent, but also a players and teams mental and physical strength to cope with the demands of the longest form and the different circumstances and conditions endured over a test match. This can be amplified and tested further in a long series where players form, and confidence can be exposed against the same opposition and certain player match ups from either side gaining an upper hand or a psychological hold over his opposite number.
There can be a real advantage and edge when betting in a long series of test cricket. A player’s stock can rise and fall dramatically over 5 matches of 5 days each and the pressures and demands of the game can make certain individuals or circumstances more likely to back due to what has gone on only the previous few weeks as opposed to a player’s career stats.
The pre-series talk, and expectations was of a high-class Indian batting line up, likely to be backed up by fine spinners in a combination of Ashwin, Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav being the obvious threat to England based on history with the Indian pace attack not likely to be having the same impact. With England likely to be heavily reliant on their two opening bowlers of Broad and Anderson and with the bat Cook and Root as the players India had most to worry about with England really struggling to back up both pair in either department.
After three matches of the series the landscape looks very different with India’s quick bowlers defying expectations and regularly knocking over England’s top order including Cook and exposing England’s batters’ technical issues as well as seeming to destroy the confidence of the home sides batting line up. The exceptions to this have been Jos Buttler and Sam Curran, who were two players who were not even supposed to be in the England line up before a ball was bowled and have batted with a freedom and expression at odds with England’s top order.
With this in mind, a real opportunity was presented by the bookmakers in the Top England batsman market with the odds still stacked heavily in the England top orders favour – due to long term records of these players – where the pressure of regular failures against a rampant India bowling line up was ignored and offering fine prices on players such as Moeen Ali (a player who had not played in the first three match’s) and Sam Curran (one of the few shining lights with the bat) due to batting lower in the order, which in itself could be argued as a better place to bat with avoiding the new ball and bowlers at their freshest.
As it transpired Moeen second top scored behind Curran who proved an excellent price at 33/1 despite his fine form in the only two games played and against the same opposition and bowlers, after England’s top order followed the pattern and routine of the first three tests and crumbled in a not unpredictable fashion and proving that following the narrative of the series and its ups and down of individuals can groups of players can provide some market inefficiency’s to exploit
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