India v New Zealand Cricket Betting Preview – Thursday 22nd September by @herefordrich

India v New Zealand –  1st Test, Green Park, Kanpur at 05:00 live on Sky Sports 2 

The Scene

India just play t20 cricket right? Wrong. Welcome to the start of a run of 13 Test matches that cricket’s superpower will play out over their elongated summer season. Don’t worry – there’s shorter formatted stuff squeezed in between as well – in what is a BCCI schedule so full, it makes the ECB’s international summer look comparatively sparse. New Zealand start their 5 ODI, 3 Test match series off with a 5-dayer in Kanpur. Fresh from a humbling defeat in South Africa, Kane Williamson will be keen to get off to a good start against Virat Kohli’s India who recently disposed of the West Indies in their last Test series.

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Afraid to report that rain looks to be a factor in Kanpur over the course of the five days. Day three looks to be the best chance of uninterrupted play, but showers are forecast throughout the match. Day one looks to be particularly moist, so bare in mind the draw is likely to be much shorter come end of day one than pre-match. Temperatures will be in the mid 30’s so we could expect some swing with the new ball.

The Venue

Green Park, Kanpur, has only hosted three Test matches this millennium. Historically this is a tough wicket to force a result with 12 draws in 22 Test matches held here. However, there have been results in 4 of the last 5, with India winning all those 4 Tests in question.

Here’s a list of sides 1st innings scores along with the winner/result of each Test held here this millennium in bold text

2009 – 1st inns –  642 (IND) 2nd inns – 229 (SL) – IND

2008 – 1st inns – 265 (SA) 2nd inns – 325 (IND) – IND

2004 – 1st inns – 510 (SA) 2nd inns – 466 (IND) – DRAW

Batting in the 1st innings of the match in this period – Average 472

Batting in the 2nd innings of the match in this period – Average 340

NOTE – (we’ve ignored 3rd and 4th match innings for the purposes of this column which has been written for each sides 1st innings of the Test)

Form Guide & First Inns Runs

Here are India‘s last eleven 1st innings scores in Tests, plus result in brackets –

DNB* (D) 353 (W) 500 (D) 566 (W) 334 (W) 215 (W) 80/0* (D) 201 (W) 312 (W) 393 (W) 375 (L) – Average 361* excludes the rain impacted Trinidad and Bangalore Tests

Here are New Zealand‘s last eleven 1st innings scores in Tests, plus result in brackets –

214 (L) 15/2* (D) 582/4d (W) 576/6d (W) 370(L) 183 (L) 237 (W) 431 (W) 202 (L) 624 (D) 317 (L) – Average 373* excludes the rain impacted Durban Test


India return to Test matches after their last affair in Trinidad was farcically abandoned after just 22 overs due to a soggy outfield. Virat Kohli lead from the front once again in the 2-0 series win, averaging 62 in 4 knocks thanks largely to a double ton in Antigua. Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay are fighting it out for two openers spots, with Rahul all but guaranteed a spot courtesy of 236 runs in the West Indies. Ajinkya Rahane seems to always score heavily no matter the opposition or location – he now averages 49 in 26 Test matches, with 7 hundreds to his name. Chet Pujara looked two years ago to be the next Rahul Dravid, but he found himself out of the XI in the Windies after two scratchy, irritable failures. He’s since scored 166, 31 and 256* in first class cricket and should return at Kanpur. Ashwin is always a threat with his off spin no matter the surface whilst quicks Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma are near certainties for the final XI having taken 17 and 8 wickets in the Caribbean respectively. Bhuv Kumar could get the nod ahead of Umesh Yadav for the final spot in Kohli’s well-balanced looking home side.

Kane Williamson leads a New Zealand side that is missing premier seamer Tim Southee who has flown home injured. Guptill (below) could get ousted at the top of the order to standby wicket keeper batsman Luke Ronchi, who scored a blistering hundred in the warm-up match versus Mumbai. Tom Latham will dig in up top but comes into the match also shy of Test runs having got out in South Africa 3 times for just 4 runs. As a left hander, how he plays Ashwin will be key. Ross Taylor has vast experience of playing in India having appeared in dozens of IPL matches and will be keen to find the form that saw him score 364 unbeaten runs in his sides two Tests in Zimbabwe in August. Henry Nicholls scored a positive 36 and 76 in the sides defeat at Centurion last time out whilst BJ Watling, the diminutive wicket-keeper bat, has an impressive Test career average of 39 over 69 innings. We can expect at least two of three spinners Ish Sodhi, Mark Craig and Mitch Santner to be selected in the final XI – however they will need to improve fast – the Mumbai game saw them take a collective four wickets for 285 runs in 64 overs. Left arm fast men Trent Boult and Neil Wagner will lead the seam attack with Matt Henry or Doug Bracewell only getting a gig if one of the three spinners miss out.


Cricket Betting

Ravi Ashwin

Ones To Watch

Any series in India, and Ravi Ashwin is undoubtedly the key man. 193 Test wickets to his name at an average of 25, Ashwin is often chief destroyer of any touring batting line-up, as South Africa found to their peril last year. Ashwin comes into the New Zealand series having taken 17 wicket in the West Indies as well as scoring two centuries from his new position of number six in the batting order. Kapil Dev eat your heart out; India has a new great all-rounder.

Will Martin Guptill get another chance to prove his worth in Test matches? The Black Caps opening bat averages less than 30 in 44 red ball internationals and below 21 in Tests played in Asia. Scores of 15 and 0 in New Zealand’s warm up game follows a miserable run of form that has seen him pass 50 just twice in his last 13 Test knocks. Last chance saloon, perhaps.

First Innings Runs Markets

India look value to score OVER anything around the 380-385 mark against a Southee-less tourists attack.

New Zealand look fragile, with a number of left-hand bats waiting to be taken care of by Ashwin. Back them in the UNDER runs market around the 280-285 mark.

Top First Innings Batsman Market

Expect Virat Kohli to get India‘s marathon Test cricket summer off to a fast start by backing him at 3.75 to top score first time around. Ashwin also looks worth a few quid at 17.0

Luke Ronchi looks worth a flutter at 11.0 to top score for New Zealand if he does get picked in the final XI. If he isn’t selected, all stakes are refunded.

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @herefordrich.



South Africa v New Zealand Cricket Betting Preview – Friday 19th August By @herefordrich

South Africa v New Zealand – 1st Test at Kingsmead at 09:00 live on Sky Sports 2

The Scene

A two Test match series gets underway in Durban on Friday between South Africa and New Zealand. The visitors arrive fresh from a two-nil series win against minnows Zimbabwe, whilst South Africa play a Test for the first time since January, where they were beaten two-one by England.

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The hosts also previously lost three-nil in India and failed to beat Bangladesh away in a rain affected series – life post Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis has been tough for South Africa and will have to do without AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel in this two match series – both have injuries and are ruled out. The home side have a poor recent record at Kingsmead, losing five of the last six Tests.


This is winter in Durban, but having a tropical climate means temperatures will still be in the mid twenties and sunshine should feature throughout.

The Venue

Here’s a list of sides 1st innings scores at Durban in the last five Tests along with the winner/result of each Test in bold text

2015 – 1st inns –  303 (ENG), 2nd inns – 214 (SA) – ENG

2013 – 1st inns – 334 (IND), 2nd inns – 500 (SA) – SA

2011 – 1st inns – 338 (SL), 2nd inns – 168 (SA) – SL

2010 – 1st inns – 205 (IND), 2nd inns – 131 (SA) – IND

2009– 1st inns – 343 (SA), 2nd inns – 574/9d (ENG) – ENG

Batting in the 1st innings of the match in this period – Average 304

Batting in the 2nd innings of the match in this period – Average 317

NOTE – (we’ve ignored 3rd and 4th match innings for the purposes of this column which has been written for each sides 1st innings of the Test)

Form Guide & First Inns Runs

Here are South Africa‘s last eight 1st innings scores in Tests, plus result in brackets –

475 (W) 313 (L) 627/7d (D) 214 (L) 121 (L) 79 (L) 214 (D) 184 (L) DNB (D) 248(D) – Average 353

Here are New Zealand‘s last nine 1st innings scores in Tests, plus result in brackets –

582/4d (W) 576/6d (W) 370 (L) 183 (L) 237 (W) 431 (W) 202 (L) 624 (D) 317 (L) – Average 391


Faf du Plessis leads South Africa in AB’s absence but comes into this series needing some runs having managed just 127 in five knocks against England. Cook (below) will open the batting with Dean Elgar – the nuggety left hander averages a lowly 36 in 25 Tests but did score his 4th Test ton in the England series. Hashim Amla is the star turn with the bat but averages just 18 on his home ground in 16 innings, way down on a career average that exceeds 50. Temba Bavuma looked full of promise in his first full Test series, scoring 248 runs  in seven knocks against Alastair Cook’s side. Quinton de Kock came back into the XI mid-series and returned with a memorable hundred at Centurion whilst all rounders Chris Morris and Wayne Parnell are likely to battle it out for the number eight spot. Kagiso Rabada returns from a successful county stint with Kent whilst fit again experienced quick-men Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn should make up a powerful seam attack.

Two huge victories in Zimbabwe for Williamson’s (below) New Zealand outfit means that the top order arrive in Durban in terrific form. Martin Guptill (40, 87, 11), Tom Latham (105, 136, 13), Williamson (91, 113, 68*) and BJ Watling (107, 83*) all well and truly booked in for bed and breakfast in the Bulawayo double-header. Ross Taylor went some better though, scoring 364 runs in 3 innings without being dismissed! Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner have both looked the part in their short Test careers but have both yet to register a half-century in a combined 11 innings. Left arm quicks Trent Boult and Neil Wagner are two of the best in the business, the later took 11 wickets in the Zimbabwe routing. Tim Southee should enjoy the swing that often occurs at Kingsmead whilst leg spinner Ish Sodhi could get the nod ahead of seamers Dougie Bracewell, Matt Henry and off spinner Mark Craig.

Ones To Watch

33 year-old opener Stephen Cook had a fine debut during South Africa‘s dead rubber 4th Test win against England. Cook made a century in the first innings followed by 25 in the second to show he could be the man to open alongside Dean Elgar over the coming years.


SA Cook

Stephen Cook

Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson became the youngest cricketer in the history of the game to score Test hundreds against each nation earlier this month during his sides romp to victory in Zimbabwe. Averaging 51 in 50 Tests confirms a special talent – he will be expected to lead from the front post McCullum retirement.

Runs Markets

Whoever bats first, I recommend backing any UNDER RUNS around the 345-350 mark.

Top First Innings Batsman Market

Dean Elgar looks the value in the South Africa top order to top score @ 5.50 with 888Sport

For New Zealand, how can we differentiate between the entire top order who filled their boots in Bulawayo? Let us be unoriginal and back captain Kane Williamson @ 3.75 with Unibet

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @herefordrich.