If the 1st Test between England and India was any barometer of how this series will unfold, then we are in for another cracker when the two teams travel north to Nottingham this week. The 2nd Test starts at Trent Bridge on Friday, with England looking to turn the screw after richly-deserved victory at Lords.
The bookmakers were suitably impressed by the way in which Andrew Strauss’ team twice bowled out the Indians and the bookmakers offer a best price 13/10 (bet365 – £200 free bets) that the home side storm into a 2-0 lead by Tuesday, something which will mean England can’t lose the series.
There were several fine individual performances during the 1st Test and that includes Kevin Pietersen’s unbeaten 202 which effectively was the difference between the two teams as England won by 196 runs. KP is unsurprisingly among the favourites to score the most runs for his team this time around and Ladbrokes offer 4/1.
One player who will be looking to make amends for his Lord’s contribution is Alastair Cook, the England opener who could only manage a combined total of 13 runs during the two innings. He is also 4/1 with Ladbrokes, while Jonathan Trott is a 7/2 chance with bet365 and Matt Prior can be backed at 12/1 (Ladbrokes – £25 free betting ).
India feel as though a lot went against them in the First Test, not least the fact that Zaheer Khan was injured and could only play a limited role for his team, something which deprived the tourists of extra bite in the bowling attack. They will be determined to bounce back in this match and bet365 go 4/1 that the series is drawn level at 1-1.
The weather forecast looks fine for the first couple of days, although there might be a touch of rain in the air on Sunday and Monday, with the draw currently available at 7/4 with bet365. Alternatively, there will be people on betfair laying the draw at 2.90 on the basis that England have now demonstrated that their bowling attack can take apart India, with the tourists also likely to be going for the win.
James Anderson was particularly impressive at Lord’s and he can be backed at 5/2 (William Hill) to take the most England wickets over the next few days, while Graeme Swann is a player that knows Trent Bridge well and Stan James go 11/4 that the spin bowler is top dog for the home side. Stuart Broad also returned to form when taking some important wickets and can be backed at 4/1 with Skybet.
All eyes will be on a certain India batsman to see if Sachin Tendulkar can record his 100th century in Nottingham and Ladbrokes offer 7/2 that the Little Master is the top run scorer for India in their 1st innings, although Rahul Dravid does look better value at 9/2 (Coral – £25 free bets).