The summer has so far been an excellent one for the England cricket team who have cruised to comfortable victories against India at Lord’s and Trent Bridge. Andrew Strauss’ team simply need a draw from one of the final two Test matches to claim a series triumph, although there is every reason to believe they will keep the winning habit.
Bet365 (£200 free bets) offer a best price 13/10 that England take a 3-0 lead after the match at Edgbaston, with the selectors spoilt for choice after some superb individual displays in Nottingham which included Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Tim Bresnan.
It means that Chris Tremlett might struggle to work his way back into the squad, especially after Bresnan produced the goods with bat and ball at Trent Bridge, with the Yorkshire bowler available at 4/1 (Stan James – £25 free betting) to take the most wickets for England.
Broad was also on offer at 4/1 ahead of the Lord’s Test, although the all-rounder was declared Man of the Match at Trent Bridge and England’s Twenty20 captain is on offer at 5/2 (Betfred) to be the team’s top bowler, with James Anderson a 9/4 chance.
Meanwhile, there are four England batsmen that the bookmakers are struggling to separate in the most runs market and Kevin Pietersen is among them at 4/1 (Paddy Power). KP has returned to form with the bat, although it was Stuart Broad (28/1 Blue Square) who stunned punters by wielding the bat so expertly during his team’s poor 1st innings in the 2nd Test.
Alastair Cook (4/1 William Hill) will be looking to make amends after struggling in the series so far, with fellow opener Andrew Strauss a 9/2 chance (Victor Chandler), while Eoin Morgan (9/1 Victor Chandler) also needs to deliver during this series.
India came out of the traps flying at Trent Bridge thanks to bowling conditions that were very conducive to swing, although the tourists failed to follow up on a strong start and questions are now being asked as to whether the world number one Test side can take twenty England wickets.
Blue Square offer 21/5 that we witness an Indian victory in Birmingham and the team have been further depleted by the withdrawal of Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh which suggests that a draw (6/4 bet365) is the best that the visitors can hope for.
Once again, an expectant crowd will hope to see history made with Sachin Tendulkar claiming a 100th century and the Little Master is 15/4 (bet365) to score the most First Innings runs for India, although Rahul Dravid (7/2 Blue Square) is the form horse in this regard while the Indians will be boosted by the return of Virender Sehwag (9/2 Blue Square).