On the one hand, spread buyers of their outright index at 22 (winner = 60 points; runner-up = 40 points; lose semi-final = 20 points; lose in the quarter-final = 10 points; group stage = 0 points) will still be thinking of the back-to-back Ashes wins the Test side secured, including the comprehensive victory Down Under this winter. While not as fresh in the memory banks, there is also last year’s triumph at the World Twenty20 to boost the same spread buyers’ hopes. The experience in winning a maiden major international trophy was a huge monkey off the team’s back, says all-rounder Paul Collingwood. Spread sellers of the Three Lions’ outright index will be blocking this out and pointing directly to the 6-1 defeat the side suffered at the hands of Australia in their recent ODI series, with this competition taking the same 50-over format. Cricket betting tips
Sporting Index makes India its outright favourite and spread buyers at 30 of the joint-host – Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the others – will be hoping a partisan backing will see the ICC’s top-ranked Test side into at least the final in order to return a profit. Spread bettors getting with the 1983 champions in the spread betting firm’s Group B Index (group Winner = 60 points, runner-up = 40 points, third = 30 points, fourth = 20 points, fifth = 10 points, sixth = 5 points, seventh = 0 points) will only turn a profit if they claim top spot. Spread sellers of India’s position in this market at 42 will be relying on the combination of South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland or Netherlands to topple MS Dhoni’s men.
In the other pool, Sri Lanka’s Group A index spread is set at 41-44 and cricket spread betting buyers will be predicting the 1996 winners of this tournament can replicate the feat they achieved then when they topped the group, romping home with a 100 percent record. To do that, the only previous host to have ever lifted the trophy, will need to finish above Australia – just as it did 15 years ago. The Michael Clarke-led one day side is top of the ICC rankings in this form of the game and spread bettors will be quoted a spread of 39-42 for the Aussies’ Group A index. Australia’s spread sellers in this market – and in the tournament outright index at 23 (spread 23-26) will be keeping their fingers crossed that Australia’s tournament winning run ends with the hat-trick the Baggy Greens achieved when taking the crown in the West Indies four years ago.