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England v India: 4th Test betting guide

17/8/2011
As England take on India in the fourth and final Test, Russ Wiseman of Sportingbet, English cricket’s best bet, has looked ahead to the Oval match

The newly crowned world number one Test side are only one win away from completing a fabulous 4-0 whitewash over India. England have been by far the better side throughout the first three Test matches and India need a dramatic turnaround if they are to pull one back. The tourists can be backed at around 11/2 to claim the final Test, while England are best priced at 11/8 with Sportingbet.

Alastair Cook’s brilliant knock of 294 runs took England to a staggering first innings total of 710. Kevin Pietersen chipped in with 65 runs and that took his series runs total to 358. He is 44 runs ahead of Cook in the series runs total market and can be backed at 13/20 to finish ahead of the pack – Cook is available at 11/8.

England’s bowlers set the scene at Edgbaston as they tore through the Indian batsmen and dismissed them for just 224 runs. That was the sixth consecutive innings that Duncan Fletcher’s outfit have failed to break 300 runs. The former England coach was even able to call back Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir to the side – neither of which made a positive impact. Sehwag’s disastrous return will be long remembered for a king pair.

Punters will need to pay attention to the weather over the next few days as there is heavy rain forecast for Sunday’s play. The rain may cause a few stops and the draw is available at 7/5 with Sportingbet. Andy Flower will once again have to make do without Chris Tremlett and Jonathan Trott, who have both failed to recover from their respective injuries in time.

Although India have been under the cosh for the series, they might just fancy their chances of getting a result on their return to London. They have picked up back-to-back draws in their last two outings at the Oval, which came in 2002 and 2007. India may have already seen that England were also beaten on their last match on the ground – a four wicket loss to Pakistan.

However, looking a little further back will reveal that England actually have a solid record here. As it stands, England have won five of their previous ten Test games at the Oval, losing two and drawing three times.

From a bowler’s perspective, Stuart Broad and James Anderson have led the way with the ball – the former taking 21 wickets thus far. Broad has a great record at the Oval and he finished with 5/37 when playing the Australians two years ago.

Russ Wiseman’s best Sportingbets: Back England to win: 11/8
Back Broad to be 1st innings top England bowler: 5/2

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