England vs India – 1st Test Betting Tips

England and India will face off in the first Test of the four-match series at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Wednesday. 

The home team will be coming in this fixture as an underdog, considering their recent results where they’ve not won a single fixture in their last five outings in red-ball cricket. 

The team management will be hoping that the players will be able to turn it around against a tough opponent while playing in home conditions. 

On the other hand, the visitors will be starting the series as strong favorites as they’ve won three out of their last five matches in the longest format of the game. 

The team management will be hoping that players will continue their good run and secure another memorable triumph. 

Both teams have competed in 126 matches in the history of Test cricket where England have a clear edge with 48 wins compared to India’s 29 victories. 

While playing in home condition, the Three Lions have been even stronger as they’ve won 34 times and lost just seven in 62 outings. 

However, the Men-in-Blue will feel optimistic going into the first Test because they’ve defeated the home team twice in seven meetings at the venue in the past.

England Form and Team news: 

England are coming in the series with very little red-ball cricket in the recent past and that might tempt the team management to try something new for the first fixture. 

The absence of star all-rounder Ben Stokes — who recently took an indefinite break from all forms of cricket to recover from a finger injury and to work on his mental condition — will be a significant blow for the home team who will also be going without star pacer Jofra Archer who is still recovering from an elbow injury. 

Middle-order batsman Ollie Pope is also a doubt for the series opener after recently sustaining a quadriceps injury. 

In the batting department, the hosts will be relying on the likes of captain Joe Root, star wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, Rory Burns, Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley to score the bulk of the runs and give the bowlers something to bowl with. 

On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacers James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Ollie Robinson to produce timely breakthroughs.

India Form and Team news:

Team India have been in England for a considerable amount of time and there should be no problem in them adjusting to the conditions. 

In the batting department, the visitors will be relying on the likes of captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, veteran middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant to score the bulk of the runs. 

On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma along with the spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin to produce timely breakthroughs.

Odds by Casumo

According to the Casumo sportsbook, Host England will be favorites to win the opening game of the Test series at Trent Bridge. For the 1st Test, England are placed at 2.65 odds, while India at 3.85 odds.

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Our Tipsters Angle

Both teams are coming in the series on the back of very little red-ball cricket in the recent past. 

However, looking at the team compositions on the paper, it is evident that India have a far settled unit compared to the home team. 

Therefore, the prediction is for the Kohli-led unit to secure a comfortable win to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.

Tip 1- Pacer James Anderson’s excellent record at Trent Bridge

There is no doubt that pacer James Anderson is the premier bowler for England in the five-day format. The 38-year old will take heart from the fact that he has an excellent record at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground. In 10 matches played, James Anderson has claimed 64 wickets at an average of 19.62 with seven five-fors and two ten-fors to his name.

Given his outstanding performances at this venue, we can expect pacer James Anderson to take five wickets or more in this opening [email protected]

Tip 2- India’s decent record at Trent Bridge

Since 2002, India have won two matches out of five Test matches played at Trent Bridge. In 2018 Pataudi Trophy, India registered a comprehensive win over England in a Test match played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

Given Trent Bridge has been a happy hunting ground for visitors, we can expect India to register a comfortable win over England in the series [email protected]


Expect India to beat England in the series opener and take a 1-0 lead in the Test series.

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