Australia v Pakistan 1st Test: Odds and Betting Preview
One thought that comes to mind when we think ‘Australia v Pakistan’ is the fact that Pakistan have never won a Test series Down Under.
While India are dominating the early exchanges in the World Test Championship, Australia and Pakistan have had to look on. In fact, the postponed series against Sri Lanka means that Pakistan have yet to make their bow in this competition. Australia have been dormant since the conclusion of the Ashes in September.
All that will change on Thursday as the sides meet at Brisbane in the first of two tests. Who will come out on top?
What are the cricket odds for Australia v Pakistan?
Pakistan can be a dangerous side in any situation but Australia are hot favourites. You can pick up the home side at odds of 1.25 with Bet365. Pakistan can be claimed at 7.50, while the draw is out at 9.50.
Weather isn’t expected to play a part. With modern test cricket played at such a fast pace, we can probably discount the draw. In terms of a positive result, bettors will be looking at Australia’s Steve Smith to be the difference. The hosts have batting depth too and David Warner has found form after a poor Ashes series.
There is also the question of home advantage with many wins going to host teams in recent months. Pakistan can provide a threat and we’re surprised that they are such rank outsiders but our Satta has to go with the Australians here.
Match Odds Summary: Australia: 1.25 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Pakistan: 7.50, The Draw: 9.50.
What are the top batsman odds for Australia v Pakistan?
Steve Smith dominated the recent Ashes series, scoring no fewer than 774 runs from seven innings. He averaged in excess of 110.00 and so it’s no surprise to see Smith start as favourite to top score. You can pick up the former skipper at 2.62 with Betway.
Elsewhere, David Warner endured a miserable Ashes series but the left-hander has found form since. He slots in as second favourite at 4.25. Behind those two, Australia’s batters have to provide more support and lay a better platform than they did in England. If you’re looking for alternatives to Smith and Warner, you could claim Marnus Labuschagne at 5.00 and Joe Burns at 5.50. And there’s Cameron Bancroft at 7.50, Travis Head at 8.50 and Matthew Wade at 11.00.
Pakistan have brought some explosive batters to Australia and they will hold the key to any possible success. If they can find some consistency, the visitors might just upset the match odds. But who among them is in the frame for top first innings batsman?
At the top of the list, we have joint favourites Azhar Ali and Babar Azam, both available at 4.00. We then have a gap to Shan Masood and Imam-ul-Haq at 5.50. Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq are jointly at 6.00.
Your winner is likely to come from that list of six names. For an outside Satta, you might want to check out new wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan at 11.00.
We’ll look at Australia for our first top batsman bet of this series and while Steve Smith is so short, it can leave value elsewhere. David Warner had those Ashes struggles, but he’s back in touch since returning to home soil and the left-hander is our pick.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Australia: Smith 2.62, Warner 4.25 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Labuschagne 5.00, Burns 5.50, Bancroft 7.50, Head 8.50, Wade 11.00.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali 4.00, Babar Azam 4.00, Masood 5.50, Imam 5.50, Sohail 6.00, Shafiq 6.00, Rizwan 11.00.
What are the Man of the Match Odds for Australia v Pakistan?
It’s been a comprehensive review to this point, so we’ll quickly finish with our final tip. It’s a bit of cover for our top batsman bet as we opt for Steve Smith to be named Man of the Match at 6.00.
He’s the favourite but that’s not the worst price for a player who is in such devastating form right now.
Man of the Match Odds Summary: Smith 6.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Warner, 9.00, Cummins 11.00, Labuschagne 13.00, Babar Azam 17.00, Azhar Ali 19.00.