Despite some claims to the contrary, Test cricket on the international level is alive and well and a source of national pride, even though that may not be the case for the moment.
Short format cricket seems to be gaining the most traction. It is exciting and outcomes are determined quickly, so head-to-head bettors do not have to wait three days to see if they made the right choice.
Cricket futures is one way to have a punt on cricket and a quick check on any online bookmaker’s website will show the markets and the formats available for those caring to take a chance on the long-term propositions.
One of the codes that offers plenty of markets now is the upcoming ODI series between the Baggy Green and the Proteas that will be held in Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.
Head to Head Markets
Despite recent struggles by the Australian men’s squad, they are the favourites for the series in head-to-head markets. Other markets for the series include picking Australia’s top run scorer. The bookies seem to think it will be Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh or Travis head, but a look at the odds on those three and the potential big payoffs only goes to show the uncertain aspect of a top scorer market.
As the first ODI between Australia and South Africa looms large on the bookie websites, there are already upwards of 50 markets, ranging from the simple head-to-head, to highest opening partnership, but the majority of the markets are Player Run Markets, followed by markets for punters to predict which batters can score 50s or 100s.
Punters of every stripe will also see plenty of cricket promotions, which include free bets, bonus bets and the ability to place multiple bets on one fixture, so there is something for every taste and degree of risk.