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Pakistan vs England Test Series


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3pts England to win the series at 3/1 with Betway


As ever Pakistan have a strong stable of fast bowlers led by the rapid Wahab Riaz, but in the spin bowling department they have been weakened by Hafeez’s 12 month international bowling ban. They have recently turned to 36 year-old Zulfiqar Babar who, although possessing one of the greatest names in international cricket, is only a decent spinner. Babar’s left arm orthadox has pouched 42 wickets in 18 innings, but England won’t fear him as they did the Saeed Ajmal of a few years ago.

Ajmal is no longer the force he was, with his remodelled action denying him many of the mystery balls that saw him become the world’s best spinner post-Murali. He is unlikely to even make the squad for this series after a pretty dismal year with Worcestershire.

Although Pakistan are the home side and will have more familiar conditions, I can’t see England losing. They have more depth, greater quality and will field much better than the home team.


2pts Mark Wood to be top England Bowler at 16/1 with Ladbrokes

There is still some potency in the England seam attack, with James Anderson and Stuart Broad returning to lead the attack once more. Anderson in particular has the skill levels to help him get the most out of the benign, yet abrasive surfaces in the UAE. He can reverse swing the ball and will bowl the nagging length that will test the patience of the Pakistan batsmen.

In fact, Jimmy’s last seven matches against Pakistan have born a serious record. He has taken 32 wickets at less than 18 each, including a series in the UAE in 2012. Widely available at 11/4, England’s Rolls Royce seamer is good value.

However, there is some pretty special value available elsewhere in the England attack.

Mark Wood, the Durham pacer with the big personality, is scheduled to return. And providing he ousts Steven Finn in the starting XI, he could prove to be a huge price as England’s top wicket taker in the series.

He of the ridiculously small run-up is able to sling it down at 90+mph and can reverse swing it later in the innings. This could be the series when he comes of age. 

You can read a full top bowler preview here: https://www.punterslounge.com/pakistan-vs-england-top-bowler-market-update


2pts Ian Bell to be top England Batsman at 11/2 with Stan James

Batting wise England will look to their best all-round players to lead the way. Ian Bell and Joe Root have the technical attributes to go well in the UAE. Having retired from international limited overs cricket, Bell will be free to concentrate on prolonging his test career. His neat footwork and ability to get to the pitch of the ball will be a massive asset here. The Warwickshire man even managed centuries in three consecutive games in the ‘06 home series against Pakistan. Root on the other hand is just a phenomenal player regardless of what he’s facing. Although his career is a fledgling one, it seems that there is very little he can’t do. Both make appeal, but we’re on the side of experience.

You can read a full batting preview here: https://www.punterslounge.com/england-vs-pakistan-long-odds-picks-for-top-series-batsmen 

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First Test Betting

4pts England to win the first test at 23/10 with Paddy Power

England have stronger batting and bowling units than Pakistan, including some key players in decent form. The hosts are currently enduring the opposite, with too many of their star players struggling for runs and wickets. To be successful on these pitches you need to bat long. At the moment, Pakistan seem incapable of doing so.

I they play Riaz properly and bowl to some well put together, attacking fields with the reversing ball, England will have enough to beat the hosts and set up a series victory.

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4pts England to beat Pakistan at 9/4 with Stan James

As the series moves to Dubai, England have more cause for optimism than Pakistan, not least because we can expect a more seamer friendly surface. This will bring Wahab Riaz into the game, but there will be three England seamers of equal quality licking their lips at the prospect of some movement and even some carry.

Yasir Shah is likely to return for the home from home team, which is a huge boost. The spin attack of Babar and Malik really did look toothless so Shah, the fastest Pakistani bowler to 50 test wickets, will be welcomed back with open arms. The lggie has proved to be a late bloomer on the international scene. At the age of 29 he has played just 10 tests, notching four five wicket hauls in the process. His figures are special, but he will need to bowl very well to return from his back complaint in order to really effect the game.

Tony Hemming, the Australian groundsman at the Dubai Sports City is noted for being able extract life from surfaces which are subjected the most severe heat. In fact, he prides himself on making them as quick as possible. This will favour England.

Jimmy Anderson has already got Shan Masood in his pocket, which means England will have the chance to expose the home side’s middle order early in the piece. There simply seems to be more England players in nick, and those Pakistan players with some form have a knack of making poor decisions. 

You can read the full preview here: https://www.punterslounge.com/pakistan-vs-england-the-visitor-have-the-momentum-but-can-they-use-it-

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2pts England to win the second test at 5/1 in-play with Boylesports

The game is very finely poised after the first day. A couple of early wickets could easily tip it England's way. A par score is likely to be 400+, so if the hosts get rolled for any less than that, they'll be in big trouble. This wicket is flat and England have the players in form to bat BIG!

You can read a full preview of tomorrow's cricket here: https://www.punterslounge.com/pakistan-vs-england-in-play-value-after-topsy-turvy-first-day

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2pts Stokes to be top England bowler at 6/1 with Skybet.

In terms of the top bowler markets, we’re looking to the North East once again for our top England bowler selection.

Ben Stokes, like Mark Wood, has shown an ability to pick up wickets when it seems to be a more spinner friendly surface. This pitch will help seamers more than the other two, but pace bowlers will need to bowl straight and look for small amounts of movement.

In the first innings, where this market applies, Stokes will bowl plenty of overs. Indeed he is underrated with the ball, often hitting the 90mph mark and has two five wicket hauls already in a short career as a batting all rounder. He is a big price here. 


You can read a full final test preview: https://www.punterslounge.com/pakistan-vs-england-team-news-raises-some-value-betting-opportunity 


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