1-0 down, a less than satisfactory batting display and more tough subcontinental conditions to face in the three remaining games. Sounds like a daunting task for England. The bookies have a series win for the tourists at 28/1, with England as big as 4/1 to win the next Test. But are these prices worth an investment?
In the last 10 series where England have failed to win the first Test they have gone on to win just two, losing five and drawing three. In all the series they have gone on to lose, they have not managed to win a single Test, which could be a stat the bookies are using to justify the short price on India, who are now best-price 4/6 to win the series.
|Test Series||1st Test Result||Test Series Result||Test Series Duration|
|2012 Pakistan v England||Pakistan||England lost 3-0||3 matches|
|2012 Sri Lanka v England||Sri Lanka||Drawn series 1-1||2 matches|
|2012 England v South Africa||South Africa||England lost series 2-0||3 matches|
|2012 India v England||India||England won series 2-1||4 matches|
|2013 New Zealand v England||Draw||Drawn series 0-0||3 matches|
|2013 Australia v England||Australia||England lost series 5-0||5 matches|
|2014 England v Sri Lanka||Draw||England lost series 1-0||2 matches|
|2014 England v India||Draw||England won series 3-1||5 matches|
|2015 West Indies v England||Draw||Drawn series 1-1||3 matches|
|2015 Pakistan v England||Draw||England lost series 2-0||3 matches|
|2016 England v Pakistan||Pakistan||Drawn series 2-2||2 matches|
In contrast, there is some positive news for England fans. The two Test series in which England went behind but won were both against India, one of which was the famous Test series in 2012 which could tempt punters into the 28/1 series victory. We asked our Twitter fans what they thought...
Cricket Fans:— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) November 22, 2016
England are 28/1 to turn things around in India and win the series.
Do you think it's worth backing at that price?