Rob Handley gives us his picks in the series betting markets for England's tour of India.
India v England 1st Test - Wednesday 04:00, Sky Sports 2
The 1-1 drawn series in Bangladesh has perhaps given English cricket a reality check going into the tour of India, where a tough time of it is expected by experts, fans and bookies alike. Since the retired Grahame Swann, a world class spinner has eluded the county system and I don’t believe Moeen Ali, Rashid, Ansair and Batty are going to compete with Ashwin and Jadeja. A recently touring New Zealand side were pummelled 3-0, and Ashwin was by far the pick of the bowlers after taking 13 wickets in the final test. His record on home soil is second to none with his ability to spin the ball both ways and I would expect him to continue form to take India’s top bowler for the test series.
The fast bowling department is the only area where the tourists genuinely out class their opponents. Durham man Ben Stokes seems to have cracked bowling on these pitches and at 6/1 to top the England bowling for the series, I think presents pretty good value. Chris Woakes at 9/1 may also be worth a smaller investment as he is developing into one of England’s most valuable assets with the ball.
Amazingly, England are the last team to win a test match in India back in 2012 and since then South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies have all visited. Only South Africa have managed to draw a game which highlights an Indian to win to nil score line being a safe bet. With all of the above in mind, 3-0 and 4-0 to India at 9/1 and 4/1 respectively seem like logical investments at this stage especially the former at that price. If you are feeling a little more patriotic than I am and fancy England to put up a stern test, India to win the series 2-1 isn’t completely wreckless at 14/1.