SA Series: Bowlers expected to dominate!
With rain forecast for the first day of the 1st Test of the South Africa Series, William Hill have cut the price of the draw from 11/8 to 6/5, while England are 7/4 and South Africa 11/4.
Much has been made of the fact that this Series sees the world's two best bowling attacks face each other and Dale Steyn is the 8/1 favourite to be man of the match - a market that sees James Anderson as a 10/1 chance. Anderson is 9/4 to be England's top bowler, while Steyn is 9/4 to be South Africa's top man with the ball. Anderson and Steyn are 7/2 joint favourites to be the Series top bowlers.
"The bowling attacks will be vital as both sides claim to have the best in the world and much will depend on the form of Anderson and Steyn as the top two bowlers in the world at the moment," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly. "At the moment, Anderson has been well backed and our punters think England may just edge it."
England will undoubtedly want to assert themselves as the number one Test side in the world and see off the challenge of the Proteas who also want the top spot but England are Even money favourites to win the Series and 12/1 to whitewash the Series.
William Hill Cricket:
Match betting: 7/4 England; 11/4 South Africa; 6/5 Draw
Team of top batsman: 8/11 England; 1/1 South Africa
Man of the match: 8/1 Dale Steyn; 9/1 Jacques Kallis; 10/1 Alastair Cook; 10/1 Hashim Amla; 10/1 James Anderson; 12/1 AB de Villiers; 12/1 Kevin Pietersen; 12/1 Vernon Philander; 14/1 Andrew Strauss; 14/1 Jonathan Trott; 14/1 Morne Morkel; 14/1 Stuart Broad; 16/1 BAR
Top England batsman: 7/2 Alastair Cook; 4/1 Andrew Strauss; 4/1 Jonathan Trott; 4/1 Kevin Pietersen; 11/2 Ian Bell; 8/1 Ravi Bopara; 12/1 Matt Prior; 28/1 Tiom Bresnan; 40/1 Stuart Broad; 66/1 Graeme Swann; 150/1 BAR
Top South Africa top batsman: 7/2 Hashim Amla; 7/2 Jacques Kallis; 4/1 Graeme Smith; 9/2 AB de Villiers; 9/2 Alviro Pietersen; 7/1 Jacques Rudolph; 8/1 JP Duminy; 14/1 Albie Morkel; 25/1 BAR
Top England bowler: 9/4 James Anderson; 11/4 Stuart Broad; 3/1 Graham Onions; 3/1 Steven Finn; 3/1 Tim Bresnan; 10/3 Graeme Swann; 14/1 Ravi Bopara
Top South Africa bowler: 9/4 Dale Steyn; 5/2 Vernon Philander; 3/1 Morne Morkel; 7/2 Lonwabo Tsotsobe; 4/1 Albie Morkel; 9/2 Imran Tahir; 6/1 JP Duminy; 7/1 Robin Petersen; 12/1 Jacques Kalis
Series top bowler: 7/2 Dale Steyn; 7/2 James Anderson; 9/2 Graeme Swann; 5/1 Stuart Broad; 5/1 Vernon Philander; 6/1 Morne Morkel; 8/1 Tim Bresnan; 10/1 teven Finn; 14/1 Imran Tahir; 20/1 Graham Onions; 20/1 Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Series Betting: 1/1 England; 15/8 South Africa; 3/1 Drawn series
Series correct Score:
England Score South Africa
5/1 1-0 7/1
9/2 2-0 10/1
8/1 2-1 10/1
12/1 3-0 25/1
Draw 0-0: 10/1
Draw 1-1: 7/2