England v South Africa First Test Betting Tips

July 6, 2017 by Posted in Cricket Tips

When South Africa embarked on their long England tour, the four-Test series for the Basil D’Oliveira Trophy was always the priority. Now that they have lost every other series they played so far in this trip – ODIs, Champions Trophy and T20Is – the onus is on the visitors to salvage some pride. The first match gets going at Lords’ from Thursday, July 6th.

Both sides are under transition although at England it is a natural one. Joe Root has taken charge as Test captain and this would be his first series in charge. He will rely a lot on previous captain Alastair Cook who will have a new partner in Keaton Jennings. Gary Ballance gets another chance to make his mark on the back of a splendid domestic form.

What gives Root’s side an edge is the vast experience in this squad. Root, Cook, Ben Stokes, James Anderson and Stuart Broad – that is one side that would be one of the most experienced going around. Add Mark Wood and Moeen Ali to the mix and you have one seriously tough unit.

Talking of toughness, South Africa would need every ounce of it this week with some serious questions left unanswered. Faf du Plessis misses the match due to the birth of his child which means Dean Elgar will stand in as captain. He will have much bigger worry at the top of the order as new partner Heino Kuhn needs to be mentored around.

Hashim Amla’s form is a worry too although the change to whites has always worked wonders for the batsman. Theunis de Bruyn gets a chance in Du Plessis’ absence. The lower middle order will need Quinton de Kock in the best of his form – something which he has been consistent in the last year. Bowling is their strong suit with Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander leading their attack.

England will have to choose between Liam Dawson and Toby Roland-Jones with the seamer edging out for what would be his Test debut on his home ground.

De Bruyn should get his chance ahead of Aiden Markram while Keshav Maharj should sneak into the side as the lone spinner.

England have a 58-32 edge in 145 Tests over South Africa while in home conditions the record stands at 27-13 in 64 matches.
But what gives the Proteas an edge is its strangle hold on the Basil D’Oliveira Trophy on English soil. England have not won this Trophy at home so far and that is a huge handicap.

England are favourites to win the match at odds of $1.91 (Ladbrokes) while South Africa at odds of $3.75 (bet365) is long shot.
Talk of strong hitters on either side and you should see some sixes being hit. At odds of $2 (Ladbrokes), over 3.5 sixes in the match is a strong possibility.

TIP: Over 3.5 sixes in the match – $2 at Ladbrokes

For South Africa, Rabada at odds of $3.50 (Ladbrokes) is a good pick to be their top bowler in the first innings.

TIP: Rabada top South African bowler – $3.50 at Ladbrokes



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