One Day International Betting
ONE-DAY INTERNATIONALS The most popular form of the game to bet on and better value than Test cricket. International sides' characteristics still apply but to a lesser extent as the better side has less time to impose its authority on the game, with each side batting for 50 overs. The favourites are far more likely to be upset in one-day internationals. For example Bangladesh had never won a Test at the time of writing but they had won four one-day matches, most notably when beating Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup. The key thing for punters to bear in mind when backing teams is how the one-day squad differs from the Test outfit.
Australia and India, the two best one-day teams in the world, are considered the best two Test sides. Their one-day teams hardly change from their five-day line-ups and it was no coincidence that the pair contested the 2003 World Cup final in South Africa.
The argument is that the best players should be able to adapt to either form of the game and Australia and India have certainly backed that up. England have not been listening, however, and have persisted in picking so called one-day specialists instead of their Test players. If they continue to do so they should be opposed in the majority of one-day games.
The toss is just as important in one-day cricket, and it becomes absolutely crucial when games are being played under lights as the table alongside shows.
The reason for sides struggling when batting second under lights is that the ball swings more in the night air and is harder to see.
Understandably punters are put off betting on floodlit matches until they know the toss result, although it is considered an advantage to bat second in day games because sides know the total they require to win.
Aside from betting on the outcome, backing a batsman to be top scorer for his team can offer good value because bookmakers make the best batsman favourite rather than the one more likely to score most runs.
For example Brian Lara is always too short for the West Indies. He had not top-scored since June 2003 before he began the NatWest Series in England in 2004. Over that period opener Chris Gayle had been the most prolific run-maker, and backing openers is a sensible system as they have the chance to use the most overs.