How to bet on cricket : your ultimate guide to making money on cricket.
This how to bet on cricket guide is the perfect companion when the summer sun begins to bake Australian backyards, you can hear the tinnies snap open and the televisions click on for cricket season.
What other sport allows you to sit on your backside for five straight days watching a game that might end up with no result? Then, at night time you can watch the razzle dazzle of the shortened Twenty20 Big Bash League while you gobble up sausages and swat at mozzies. Magic.
But when you open up your betting app, that is when things get confusing. Cricket has more forms, more rules and more nuances than any other sporting code.
It is easier to just not invite that mate that doesn't know the rules over, than to try and explain it.
But we're going to give it a fair crack. Here is your guide to how to bet on cricket, what to look for and what to avoid.
Know your how to bet on cricket code
We are going to operate with the assumption that you know something about cricket coming into this guide, so we don't have to write a thesis on the rules of the game.
But basically, there are three versions of the game. Test Cricket, One Day Internationals and Twenty20. In ODIs, teams have just 50 overs (bowling stints of six balls) to bat and then get the other team out. As the name suggests, they usually go for one day, although most matches are played from midday into the night.
Twenty20 is the same thing, but 20 overs a side so it is more exciting. The domestic Big Bash League on Channel 10 every night is that form of cricket.
Test Cricket is the real deal. The holy grail. Five days of action, limitless overs, two innings (opportunities to bat) each - a real test of bat against ball.
What should I bet on?
There are SO many markets to choose from here. Unfortunately, cricket has been infiltrated by match-fixing over the years because of this variety. This is called spot-fixing, where hyper specialised results are doctored, like how many runs will come off a single over etc.
There is not much you can do to avoid this, except dodge betting on matches played in India and Pakistan where this practice has the most notoriety.
Here are some of the markets that you might want to focus on.
How to bet on cricket Match results
The most user-friendly market, although remember that this is a three-way market in Test matches. ODIs and T20s almost always have results, and T20 matches have a Super Over to determine a winner. Test matches often end in draws, though. Look at how evenly matched the teams are, read condition reports (rain delays are not made up, for example). The condition of the wicket is critical as well. If it is flat, it is easier for the batters and harder for the bowlers to force a result.
How to bet on cricket Player markets
There are several over and under results you can pick for players. This is where a bit of homework comes into play. Conditions heavily favours batsman and bowlers and some will really struggle in certain countries and on certain wickets. David Warner, for example, averages 47.94 with the bat. In Australia, that number rises to 59.22 but overseas it falls to 38.25. It gets even lower when he bats in India. These sort of form lines need to be analysed. There are plenty of great players who can't perform under certain conditions.
How to bet on cricket Betting live
This applies more to Test matches, as the wicket will usually stay relatively similar for the entire duration of a ODI or T20 match. Reading the wicket is critical to predicting the outcome of a match. A team could be convincingly ahead, but cracks could start to appear early in the match (day two or three). Is the team that is ahead going to bat last on this wicket? It will be very hard for them to score runs.
Monitor that weather as well, because many certain results have been washed away into tedious draws.
Oh boy. Break out the calculators, and I mean the scientific ones with the alien symbols on them, not the Casio you got from Woolies. This is the system used to determine results and revised run totals in limited overs matches. It is stupidly complex, often unfair and harder to read than a Twilight novel. If rain is on the horizon, just be very, very wary about betting on ODI or T20 matches.
Past results matter
Teams are allowed to prepare their wickets to their liking and use their own brand of cricket ball. This means the home sides are usually treated to an enormous advantage. Australia hasn't won in India at Test level, for example, since the great Steve Waugh - and even he needed a few cracks to get the job done. England has pasted Australia on home soil for the last decade, but has been pummelled 5-0 TWICE in Australia in that time. Always check how the teams have performed in the country they are playing and on the ground. Because new players don't mean squat, it is about preparation and how they play in their domestic competitions at home.