Cricket Betting Tips, Previews & News

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Cricket Betting Tips

Cricket, the gentleman’s game originally forged hundreds of years ago in the UK, has evolved to become one of the most popular betting sports in the world, encompassing different formats, international tournaments and fascinating traditional rivalries.

For more than 100 years, nations that competed in cricket played ‘test matches’ – the longest form of the game which took place over five days.

Things changed dramatically from there.

The game’s ‘limited overs’ turn towards shorter formats — first with One Day cricket in the 1970s and then with Twenty20 cricket in the early 2000s — helped bring the game into the 21stcentury and turned it into the betting phenomenon it is today.

Cricket enjoys popularity and reaches a growing number of demographics in all three of its formats, played at the highest level by England, Australia, India, Pakistan, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Bangladesh, with Afghanistan, Ireland, Zimbabwe and a host of other hopeful nations growing in stature and competitiveness.

Our betting guide will take you through all of the different cricket events, bookmakers, betting tips and information you need to wager on the great game.

Cricket Bookmaker Odds

Every sports bookmaker worth their salt in Australia will offer markets on cricket. It is the extent to which they offer these markets that you should keep an eye on.

Big corporate sites will offer markets for Australian international matches in all formats, international matches between other competing nations, domestic T20 competitions around the world and even Australian state league games.

If your bookmaker is not offering odds on all international games in every format, the Indian Premier League and The Big Bash League, you may need to find a better bookmaker who does.

It’s not enough to just have win/loss bets on these games – bookmakers should offer more than 50 markets on batting and bowling outcomes, highest run scorers, most wickets, player specials and even live, ball-by-ball options.

Cricket Fixtures

When it comes to Australian cricket, any game the men play in the baggy green, whether it be test matches, one dayers or twenty20, is a big betting event.

But if we’re being serious, the biggest cricket events are the ones in which the whole world watches.

Let’s take a look through the biggest cricketing events on the yearly calendar.

Australian summer:

From October till February every year, Australia will play host to at least two touring nations in which they will play a series of tests, one dayers and t20 matches.

In 2019/20 Australia will host Sri Lanka, Pakistan and New Zealand in what is expected to be a hotly-contested series of matches.

Indian Premier League:

The Indian Premier League is the biggest T20 competition in the world, attracting the world’s best short-format talent, playing for enormous money in front of huge crowds and world-wide audiences.

Eight IPL franchises duke it out from March to May each year for the IPL trophy — in what is an absolute betting phenomenon.

Big Bash League:

The Australian domestic T20 competition is perhaps the second most popular in the world behind the IPL and now dominates the Australian summer, with games scheduled almost every single night from December to late February.

Eight BBL teams, made up of players from the Australian side, state leagues and a spattering of international recruits have been duking it out for the title since 2011.

The Big Bash League is one of the fastest-growing betting markets in Australian sport for good reason. It’s good entertainment, provides fast results and gives quality odds for knowledgeable punters.

ICC ODI World Cup:

Played for the first time in 1975 and held every four years thereafter, the ICC ODI World Cup is the game’s biggest tournament. Australia has won five of the 11 World Cups, marking it as an international powerhouse.

The number of teams and format has changed a number of times over the past 45 years, but it is typically contested by a minimum of eight teams and as much as 16 (in 2005).

After England host the 2019 World Cup from May-July, the 2023 ODI World Cup is slated to be hosted by India.

ICC T20 World Cup:

Quickly established after the meteoric rise and popularity of the shortest format of the game, the T20 World Cup was first played in 2007 and has seen its fixturing mixed around in the years after to swing from a competition that is played every two years, to now being played every four years.

The West Indies have won the most T20 World Cups with two victories and the next T20 World Cup will be hosted by Australia in 2020.

The Ashes:

The oldest rivalry in the game is still the most popular from a viewing and betting point of view in the two competing nations.

Fierce rivals Australia and England meet every two years for a five-test series in which they duke it out for the ultimate cricketing bragging rights.

After a decade of dominance throughout the 90s and early 2000s, England restored Ashes pride in 2005 in a memorable series, setting the scene for competitive battles thereafter, often won by the hosting nation.

In 2019, straight after the World Cup, England will host Australia in the 2019 Ashes.

Cricket Bookmaker Promotions

When Australia is playing cricket during the summer or in big tournaments around the world, like the ICC World Cup, there’s a very good chance you’re going to have a plethora of offers from bookmakers to choose from.

We encourage you to keep an eye on your bookmaker’s offerings well before you place a bet on any cricket game to ensure you’re not missing out.

Bookmakers will often offer promotions on particular players to score a specific amount of runs or take a certain amount of wickets, but can also provide bonus bet offers for certain team or series results.

Cricket Results

Stats and results are everything to cricket fans and, like most sports, should form the basis for your bets going forward.

Punters can access results on any number of cricket and sport-dedicated websites like, and, with the full vault of domestic, international and player specific stats — enough to make a mathemitician cry with joy.

Cricket Betting Options

This all depends on your taste, where your knowledge lies and how long you’re willing to wait on a result.

If you’re a traditionalist and enjoy the longer form of the game, betting on test cricket could be where you’re best suited. Test cricket is where the best batting and bowling techniques come to the fore and, if you’re willing to wait, where true form and skill can reward punters.

The T20 game is for punters who want fast results and lots of action. While test cricket can go for five days without a winner, T20 cricket typically lasts no longer than three hours and in such a hit-and-miss affair, it can throw up weird results and big pay outs for punters.

The ODI game, typically lasting eight hours and taking up an entire day, sits somewhere in between the two and provides excellent value in both batting and bowling markets.

Cricket Bet of the Day

When looking for your cricket bet of the day, it’s important to take in recent form.

There are important questions you have to ask yourself before placing any exotic bets on specific teams or players:

  • Does the player I’m betting on have form at the venue?
  • Does the player have form against the opponent?
  • Is the player 100% fit and healthy?
  • How is the player’s form? Does he thrive in the conditions? (spin, pace or seam-friendly)
  • Do the odds correctly represent all the surrounding variables?

Cricket Live Streaming

There are several prominent online bookmakers that offer live streaming of select cricket matches in Australia - Unibet and Bet365.

While the Australian national team and much of the domestic Big Bash League will be prominent on free-to-air stations for much of the year, to ensure you're able to watch every single game of international cricket, be it test matches, ODIs and the various T20 tournaments throughout the world, you'll need a subscription to Foxtel or Kayo, which both have dedicated cricket channels.

Cricket Replays

As one of the nation's most-loved sports, cricket replays are not difficult to find or access. In fact, they can be tougher to avoid if you don't want to watch your team lose over and over.

Foxtel and Kayo subscribers will get access to full match replays, as well as highlights packages, while individual teams will offer highlights on their websites. Any regular sports streaming service worth its salt should be able to deliver, at a minimum, replayed footage of the Australian side.

Latest Cricket News

Personnel plays such a big part in cricket, because it is a game of such individual glory.

That means that punters need to ensure they’re very much on top of their game and up to date on all of the latest news on injuries, form, player comments and selection issues.

There’s nothing worse than betting on players that are carrying injuries or haven’t been selected. In addition to this, if the odds look too good to be true, they often are like that for a reason. Check our live news and tips section — make sure the best players are playing for the team you’re backing and stay ahead of the game.