England v India: First Test Cricket Betting Odds and Preview

India continue their long tour of England with the first of five test matches which starts at Edgbaston this Wednesday. Virat Kohli’s men have enjoyed mixed fortunes so far with a win in the T20 series followed by a 2-1 reverse in the ODIs. With a changed squad for the tests, can the visitors overcome England and end a poor run of results away from home in the five-day arena? How do the England v India betting odds for this match look?

What are the England v India betting odds?

While the England v India betting odds for each limited overs match was tight, England go into this first test as clear favourites, and Joe Root’s men can be backed at 2.05 with Betrally. That figure leaves India as the outside bet at 3.05, while the draw is available at 4.40.

The first point to note is the weather. While there has been some rain in England over the weekend, the forecast is dry with some cloud cover over five days. We can probably dispense with the draw in that case. Both sides should score quickly and most tests in the modern era don’t go the full distance.

India’s warm-up match against Essex could offer concerns as the spinners went wicketless and there are issues with the form of batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara. We think it will be a close series. But in helpful conditions, England’s experienced seam attack could be key to an opening win for the home side.

Match Odds Summary: England 2.05 (Betrally – Editor’s Pick), India 3.05, Draw 4.40.

What are the Top Batsman Odds for England v India?

Test cricket is back, so all of these top batsman England v India betting odds are for first innings only. For England, skipper Joe Root will be looking to continue his fine run of form from the ODIs. Root is favourite in his side’s top batsman market at 4.00 with Betway, followed by Alastair Cook at 5.00.

Behind the top two, Jonny Bairstow is at 5.50. Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes can all be picked up at 6.50. Jos Buttler could offer a value option down the order at 8.50.

For India, Virat Kohli showed the most consistent form in the ODIs. It’s no surprise to see the skipper at the head of the tourists’ market at 3.75. Cheteshwar Pujara follows on at 5.00.

Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay can both be backed at 5.50. Ajinkya Rahane can be found at 6.00, then you have Dinesh Karthik at 8.00 and possibly even Hardik Pandya at 11.00. They could provide some middle order value.

In test cricket, we do like to focus on Cheteshwar Pujara. However, he made just 24 in two innings in the warm-up match against Essex and had been out of form for his county side Yorkshire at the start of the season. The only man showing any real form is Virat Kohli. While it may be an obvious pick, the captain is the man most likely to deliver a profit.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: England: Root 4.00, Cook 5.00, Bairstow 5.50, Malan 6.50, Jennings 6.50, Stokes 6.50, Buttler 8.50.

India: Kohli 3.75, Pujara 5.00, Dhawan 5.50, Vijay 5.50, Rahane 6.00, Karthik 8.00, Pandya 11.00.

What are the Top Bowler Odds for England v India?

We’ll finish quickly with India’s top bowler market. While much of the talk is about the spinners, this could be a match where the seamers play the most vital roles. R Ashwin is the favourite to return best figures on first innings at 3.25. We’re opting for Umesh Yadav who was in decent form in the limited overs series and looks a value pick at 4.00.

India Top Bowler Odds Summary: Ashwin 3.25, Jadeja 3.75, Umesh Yadav 4.00 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Ishant Sharma 4.50, Hardik Pandya 8.00.

India’s quicker bowlers need to perform and the tourists will make this a tight contest. However, we’re backing England’s more experienced attack to complete a home win at the start of this long series.