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Cricket Betting Tips - How to Bet on Cricket

Last updated: 05 Feb 2024
Conrad Castleton 05 Feb 2024
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  • Cricket offers a wide range of betting markets
  • Different markets apply to Test Matches and T20 Internationals
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Looking for Cricket betting tips? We explain how to bet on Cricket and the various types of bets to place in order to make profits from the bookmakers.

Whether you’re a traditionalist who prefers Test Match cricket or someone who enjoys the thrill of the Twenty20 format, there are countless betting markets available with the bookies who offer a wide range of pre-match and In-Play markets.

Cricket matches now take place throughout the year so there are always betting opportunities, whether it’s the latest England tour, the Indian Premier League or the World Cup, while several bookmakers offer free live streaming.

Why should I bet on Cricket?

Put simply, having a wager on a cricket match can spice things up and add some extra excitement to proceedings. You might have backed Ian Bell to score the most England runs in the 1st innings of an Ashes Test, with the player arriving at the crease looking to score heavily for his side.

If you know your cricket, there are countless opportunities to beat the bookmakers who provide a wide range of pre-match markets and there are lots of In-Play opportunities too.

These could be as the action takes place or after a day’s play when the dust has settled and you can check out the latest odds based on the score.

What types of Cricket bets can I place?

When it comes to a Test Match, you can choose from a wide range of pre-match markets, with Match Winner being the most popular.

So the three choices are Team A, Team B or The Draw. This is a market that is updated on a continuous basis from when the first bowl is balled all the way through to the last few overs.

You can also bet on popular markets such as Top Team Batsman (for either side), Top Team Bowler and Batsman Match Bets where there is the chance to back Player A or Player B to score the most runs.

Customers can also bet on the number of runs that each player will score. So a batsman might come to the crease and a bookmaker might offer 10/11 that he scores under 40 runs and 10/11 that he manages over 40 runs.

There is also the option to bet on Next Wicket Method where there are choices such as caught, bowled and LBW.

When it comes to a Test Match series, there is also the chance to bet on a Correct Score which gives you a run for your money over a longer period of time. For example, England might be playing Australia in an Ashes series and a bet on the hosts to win 3-1 will provide excitement (and hopefully a profit) throughout proceedings.

Several Test Match markets also apply to Twenty20 cricket, which has become immensely popular in recent years and attracted a new audience to the sport. The games are fast-paced and the outcome of your bets are settled in a much quicker fashion.

Do bookmakers offer money back specials on Cricket bets?

Bookmakers will often create specials when it comes to the big cricket events, so you might get the chance to enjoy double odds on any returns if your Top England Batsman scores a century. 

There are also money-back specials such as a refund on In-Play bets if your batsman is out by LBW, while there are free bets available with the bookmakers when you open an account.

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