Cricket Test Match Betting

Test matches are widely considered to be the most prestigious form of international cricket. The length of each match and the fact that several Tests are often played in succession as part of a series between two teams, makes for some fascinating online cricket betting opportunities.

How to Bet on Test Match Cricket

Test match series are variable. Some are very close and swing back and to over the course of the match. Others are dominated by one team. There are a few key things to keep in mind when betting on Test match cricket:

• Pitch and ground information: The nature of the pitch is a significant factor in determining how a match plays out. Some grounds are famously batsman friendly, others are good for spin bowling. Some pitches start well but deteriorate as the game goes on, making batting more difficult later in the game. Knowing how previous Tests have progressed at each ground can help judge a good bet from a bad one.

• Timing is everything: Batsman are generally vulnerable in the first few overs. Live betting allows you to wait before placing a bet on a batsman to score runs, but wait too long and the odds will also drop. Timing the bet is critical.

• Trends matter: Test match cricket is constantly changing. Batting totals are generally higher than in previous eras, scoring rates are faster and drawn matches are less common. Being aware of these trends help inform your choice of bet.

Types of Test Match Bets

Outright Bets

Test matches provide for outright bets both on the individual matches, and on the results of series between two teams. For individual matches four results are possible – a win for either team, a draw and a tie. The tie is extremely rare, with only two tied Tests having occurred amongst the almost 2,000 matches that have been played. For Test match series, outright bets focus on the overall result (win for either team, or drawn series) as well as markets for the correct series score.

Prop Bets – Batting

There are a range of markets for batting, including highest individual innings, highest aggregate runs (i.e., the total runs scored by one player over two innings), number of ducks, number of half-centuries and centuries, total team runs and so on. These markets may be available for individual matches, and for the series as a whole.

Markets are also available for partnership runs. Markets for Individual batsman are available for the range of runs they will score in an innings; separate prices are provided for a named batsman scoring 0-19, 20-29, 30-39 and so on.

Prop Bets – Bowling and Fielding

A variety of markets are also available for bowling and fielding, including leading wicket-taker, best bowling figures, most runs conceded and so on. These are available per team, per innings, and as match totals. Fielding markets include number of wickets taken caught, run out, lbw, bowled and so on. As in the batting prop bets, the majority of these markets are available for individual matches and for the series as a whole.

Prop Bets – Totals and Specials

A wide range of other prop bets are available in Test matches, such as total boundaries, total runs scored, margin of victory markets and so on. More exotic prop bets may involve markets predicting the number of players used by each team in a series, the number of referrals, or the man of the match.

Player performance markets are also available, with points assigned to each action (runs scored, catches, wickets, etc.), and odds offered on predicted performance of different players.

Match Bets

A popular betting market in Test match cricket is Match Bets, where two players (whether from the same side or different sides) are chosen to match-up against each other in a hypothetical contest to see which player scores the most runs or takes the most wickets in a match or series.

Live betting

Live betting is offered for Test match cricket, although it is generally not as frenetic as its Twenty20 or One Day International counterpart and there are, on the whole, fewer markets available. Live test match betting focuses more on the predicted total runs for batsman or partnerships as the innings progresses.

About Test Match Cricket

History of Test Match Cricket

The first recognised Test match was played in 1877 between Australia and England in Melbourne. South Africa played their first Test in 1889, followed by the West Indies in 1928, New Zealand in 1930 and India in 1932. Since 1945 a further four teams have played Test match cricket – Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh,

Modern Test matches are played over a maximum of five days, each day consisting of a scheduled 90 overs and a playing time of six hours. Matches are usually played as part of a series between two teams, with 3-match and 5-match series being the most common. Matches can end as a win, draw or tie.

The amount of Test cricket being played has increased in recent decades, with around 50 matches now being played each year.

Test Match Records and Statistics

Test match cricket has statistics galore, and entire books have been dedicated to the subject. Some of the more notable individual records are Brian Lara’s highest individual score of 400 in 2004, Tendulkars 51 centuries, Muralitharan’s 800 wickets, and Jim Laker’s best bowling figures of 19 wickets for 90 runs in 1956.

Australia are the most successful team, having won 47% of the matches played. No other team has a winning record of more than 36%.