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Cricket is one of the toughest sports to bet on, and it is a real challenge moving from recreational betting on the sport towards making consistent profits form the betting markets. The sport offers a massive selection of live betting markets, which can easily tempt a punters to make speculative bets without thinking their selections through.
The following basic cricket betting tips are intended to help punters make more considered bets on cricket and improve their chances of earning payouts from the cricket betting markets.
Statistics: Dozens of websites compile detailed statistical information on international cricket as well as top players. This statistical evidence can be used to unearth insights into team form, weakness, historical trends between two teams and which players flourish against particular opponents. Head-to-head data can be used to generate more reliable match bets, while looking at player stats can be used to determine which players merit top runscorer bets.
The Pitch: The pitches used to host cricket matches constitute the third ‘player’ in any given cricket match. Always analyse recent results on a pitch to check for any bias towards the team batting first or second, and make sure to take into account whether the match played was conducted during the day or during the night. In test cricket it is always worth knowing whether or not the pitch has a tendency to break up.
The Ground: The ground used to host a cricket match will have a significant impact on the outcome of bets in several different cricket betting markets. Simple factors like the speed of the outfield and length of the boundaries can affect score limitations as well as how many boundaries are likely to be scored during a match. Also pay attention to the weather conditions and drainage at a ground as this can affect the performance of the outfield and the number of runs scored during a match.
Compare Odds: One Day International and Test Cricket tends to be dominated by particular teams for periods of over a decade. The teams will therefore tend to be priced at low odds in most matches they are likely to win. In order to secure the best prices on match and outright betting it is therefore essential for cricket fans to use an odds comparison service that will not only find the best price on any selection, but also offers access to over a thousand dollars in free bets to use on cricket betting.
Betting Exchanges: Using betting exchanges is one way of increasing the chances of earning profits from cricket betting. Canbet offers a cricket betting exchange, as do WBX and Betfair. These exchanges allow punters to lay teams in cricket matches, which can be a very effective strategy when betting on test cricket as lay bets cover both a win by the opposing team as well as a draw. Betting exchanges also give punters the opportunity to trade during cricket matches, backing an underdog at high odds and then laying them in the volatile live match betting markets when they enjoy a period of dominance.
Stay Focused: The wide variety of cricket betting markets on offer can lure unwary punters into placing reflexive, speculative bets. Many of these bets, such as next batsman out, method of next dismissal and result of next ball bowled have a very low probability of paying out due to the unpredictable nature of the sport. It is wiser to use the wealth of statistical information on the sport to place bets on the outcome of the match rather than being lured into the lottery of ball-by-ball betting.
Pick Your Format: The three different cricket formats all require different betting strategies.
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