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Stuart Dalgleish 20th Jul 2011 - 14:02

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England (11/10 for the series) take on India (21/10, drawn series 9/4) in a best of four Tests series as they aim to become the world's number one ranked five-day side (3/1 they are at the conclusion of the series, 2/9 for no).

As the first Test approaches I'll aim to guide you through our fantastic betting options, ranging from how many runs will be scored in the first over of the first innings (2.5 - Evens over, 8/11 under) to who will finish the whole thing as the leading run-getter (Sachin Tendulkar 5/1, Alastair Cook 11/2).

That man Tendulkar is approaching a milestone (yes, another one), sadly he didn't manage to do it on home turf in the World Cup (I'm sure the winners medal made up for it), but he's still chasing his 100th international century.

The Little Master is 1/2 to get it in this series, but at which ground will he hit his 100th 100? The first Test at Lord's (in the 2000th Test match) would be pretty special and that's a 3/1 chance. The conditions early doors will probably suit the seamers so that won't be in his favour, the second Test at Trent Bridge could offer that little bit more value at 9/2, but it's 6/4 that England keep him waiting for his landmark century.

Even though the weather will probably make it tough to get runs early on at Lord's, that is the favourite ground to have the most runs scored at (5/4).

Typically, the pitch doesn't deteriorate too much at the Home of Cricket though so in the 3rd innings, the scoring should be high. I'm going to plump for the outsider though as later in the summer the pitches will probably offer little for bowlers and the third Test at Edgbaston (7/1) could have plenty of runs scored on it.

England have won several matches by an innings over the last year or so, it is 6/4 that any team is dished out an innings defeat in this series.

The series will feature five of the top eight batsmen in Test cricket; we give you the chance to predict how many runs they will score.

The price is 5/6 on under and over, Rahul Dravid's spread is 259.5, Alastair Cook has been given 299.5 to get past, what about the skipper? Andrew Strauss hasn't had the best of times recently - can he score more than 254.5 runs in the series? MS Dhoni is India's captain, he couldn't manage to get over a 100 runs in three Tests in the West Indies, is under the bet in his spread of 174.5?

Two of the best spinners in world cricket will be looking to add more wickets to their name.

England's main man is of course Graeme Swann, he's 9/2 to be the overall top series bowler but the pitches could suit the quicks more, Zaheer Khan (5/1) will be looking to attack England and in particular Strauss and he could be the tourists' dangerman, but Harbhajan Singh (6/1) will be looking to hit the same rough that Swann will, while Ishant Sharma recently achieved a 10-wicket match and he's a threat at 7/1.

We offer our normal selections for Test series' such as top respective batsmen and bowlers and correct score, this could be of interest if you think England can reach number one by the end of the series.

A victory by two Tests would put Strauss' men at the top so 2-0 could appeal at 7/1, could they rout the world's best team? A 4-0 home win is 25/1, India of course will be looking to stretch their lead over the pack and a 2-1 win for them could be a shout 6/1.

As if that's not enough for you to get stuck into, we also have over 30 markets for the first Test.

England are 2/1, the draw is odds-on at 5/6 while India are 4/1 to take the opener.

A full preview of this match is on the way, but an early bet I like the look of is Zaheer Khan to be Man of the Match at 20/1.

It's going to be a fantastic series, make sure you stay with the Home of Betting throughout for our top prices on our huge range of markets.

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