International ODI and Test cricket open the year with a packed schedule from January through to March, a break in April, and then the ODI action continues from May until July. One Day cricket throws up some really freaky results, which are totally against the run of play, and this is what makes cricket one of the biggest betting markets out there. Check out all the odds at Skybet.
In the coming months, we will bear witness to some of the best cricket matches imaginable with the usual suspects playing for their country, and a fair amount of honour too. Rivalries established long ago are as fierce as they ever were. The top dogs at the moment are England, and under the captaincy of Eion Morgan look to be in great shape to stay there. However, depending who you ask, England’s batting order is the only chink in their armour.
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Concerns over the batting order were proven to be real, and demonstrated perfectly in the first test of three in the West Indies where England were embarrassingly thrashed. In a packed out stadium in Bridgetown, England’s batting completely collapsed. Although Joe Root was apologetic about the team’s performance, a lot of credit has to go the West Indies for a punishing batting display. England coach Trevor Bayliss seems to be running out of ideas of how to cure the reoccurring problem. However, England have been in this position before and will be keen to avoid a repeat of the first test. All out for 77 just isn’t going to cut the mustard in the next test at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua.
Bowling in cricket doesn’t look that difficult to the untrained eye but don’t be fooled into thinking there is only one technique. The delivery of the ball is categorised in the following ways for fast bowlers:
To make things even more complex, ball deliveries can be made by fast bowlers or by spin bowlers. Spin bowlers deliveries are referred to as leg spin and off-spin and are mirrored for left arm unorthodox bowlers.
Unless you are fairly keen-eyed, you are unlikely to be able to spot the bowling techniques. However, the easiest way to know is to be able to recognise the players. For instance, Moeen Ali and Jack Leach are spin bowlers. Stuart Broad and James Anderson are fast bowlers. Although on the surface of things, cricket seems to be a simple enough game, to the serious exponents, it is a game of strategy and great skill.