India had a great opportunity to win the third T20 on Dec 8 and sweep the series 3-0. A series whitewash would have put pressure on Australia going into the four match test series. It would have also given the Indian team a lot more confidence.
However, the Aussies fought back hard and ended up winning by 12 runs. Things are pretty squared between the two teams with Australia winning the three match ODI series and India winning the three match T20 series.
Australia vs. India Test Series Betting Odds
It will now come down to the four match test series and the Aussies will go in as favorites since they are playing on home soil. Australia are heavy favorites to win the series with 2/5 betting odds while India have 9/2 betting odds. The odds for a tied test series are also at 9/2.
Sportsbooks are going to be taking in a lot of betting action on the four match test series. Apart from betting on the outright result of the test series and the outright result of each match, there are a number of other side bets that punters can bet on. We take a look at some of these betting options.
Series Correct Score: This betting option gives you a number of different scenarios as to how the four match series could end up. Some of the options include Australia to win 1-0 (50/1), India to win 1-0 (80/1) Australia to win 2-0 (14/1), India to win 2-0 (33/1), Australia to win 3-0 (7/1) and India to win 3-0 (8/1).
Team To Score Highest Innings Total: This is where the total number of runs per innings is taken into consideration for the full four match series. Australia are favorites with betting odds of 2/5 while India have odds of 7/4.
Series Score: This betting option predicts how the series score will turn out after the second, third and fourth test. Some of the betting options under this category include 1-0 in favour of Australia (10/3) and India (7/1), 2-0 in favour of Australia (21/10) and India (15/2). The odds of the series being 0-0 after the second test is 28/1.
There are a number of other betting options which include match and series double, series handicap, series leader, series handicap 3-way, coin toss, player of the match and player of the series.
Australia Should Win D/N Adelaide Test
The first test is a day and night test match that starts on December 17 at the Adelaide Oval. Australia have played a lot more day and night cricket than India and this will give then a definite advantage over India. Australia will also play to full strength provided David Warner can get himself fit for the first test.
India have played a three day tour match during the T20 series and their results haven’t been great and it will not inspire much confidence, especially for the batsmen. The likes of S Gill, P Shaw, G Vihari have not done themselves much good as they struggled against the pace and bounce of an Australian A line-up.
India’s betting odds for the test series are not great because they will be losing their captain Virat Kohli after the first test most likely as he flies back to India for the birth of his first child. India will also be without R Sharma during the first two tests.
India have played a lot of T20 cricket after the lockdown and will now have to settle down into test mode and play the likes of Starc, Cummins and Hazelwood. They have another three day match before the first test in Adelaide and need to make the best use of it to show that they can play long innings and handle the pace.